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In this tug of love unit we've developed themes like love, separation and the bond between mother and child. I now understand the problems that arise from these themes and the emotions that people go through.

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In this tug of love unit we've developed themes like love, separation and the bond between mother and child. I now understand the problems that arise from these themes and the emotions that people go through. It is an emotional time for them and it'll make me more understanding towards them. By watching the play I've picked up many ways to improve my drama .I now realise that lighting, costumes and sound are more important than I first thought. I learnt so much about acting techniques and effective ways to use them as Blood Brothers uses abstract techniques excellently. The use of mirroring was very powerful especially when they were both shot dead. The mirroring clearly showed that they were twins as they both had the same gestures and movements. It symbolised their unity and the bond between them. Even though they were separated that link couldn't be broken and they were drawn together. ...read more.

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Conscience alley was also used. It's easier to show madness in an abstract way and conscience alley allows you to hear what's going on in the characters head. Repetitions were used as it reinforces into the audiences mind important ideas or thoughts which affect them emotionally. Another technique was silences. I'll use them in my drama, as they're excellent for building up suspense when used before or after a dramatic event. The play started at the end meaning the whole play is a flashback. This is effective because it makes the audience want to know what's happened and straight away they're focused. If you've already seen the play it makes you wish this time the ending could change. Mime was used to make things seem more believable e.g. stone throwing. You could virtually see the stone flying through the air. Mime allows you to recreate a situation where it's not possible to use real props. ...read more.

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They can identify with the characters so their deaths feel like a loss as the storyline draws you in. The actors played children very convincingly by using body language, facial expressions, tone of voice and levels. Their voices sounded young and movements were exaggerated. They held themselves in a childish way and fidgeted. They were also very excitable and energetic. As they aged their gestures became less emphasised and they held themselves in a more adult way. They didn't move around as much and their voices sounded older. I now know about different types of body language, tones of voice, gestures and facial expression and have got ideas of how to use all of these in my drama to convey different emotions or play different characters just by changing them. The actors were focused and never came out of role. If things went wrong they improvised making the characters more believable. I've learnt so much and now know different ways of conveying emotions and age. I see how effective abstract work is and have lots of ideas to include them in my drama. ...read more.

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