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A review on Blood Brothers.

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Drama coursework 3/12/2003 A review on Blood Brothers By Aasha Kotecha Blood Brothers the musical, the book, the music and lyrics were all written by Willy Russell. The first performance was in the Albery Theatre in 1988. "So did y'hear the story of the Johnston twins?" this is how it goes.............. Mrs Johnston is a working mother who can barely afford to feed her seven children, and is distraught when she discovers she is expecting twins. Mrs Johnston receives a proposition from her upper class employer; Mrs Lyons, who offers to buy one of the twins and pass them off as her own, to her husband who is away? As Mrs Johnston is short of money she reluctantly accepts the offer and when the babies are born Mrs Lyons picks her twin and brings him up as her own. ...read more.

Middle

Mickey gets a job in a factory and he and Linda became an item. Linda soon gets pregnant and Mickey loses his job. When Eddie returns from university, Mickey resents his friend's 'easy' life and they fall out. Mickey then commits a serious crime in order to get some money to support Linda and baby, but he gets caught and sentenced to six years in jail. He becomes depressed and dependant on pills. Eddie meanwhile has become a councillor. He begins to see Linda but when Mickey is released from prison he finds out his best friend and his wife betrayed him. Mickey accidentally kills both himself and his brother just after finding out the truth. This play had many underlying themes, including: love, hate, betrayal, teenage pregnancy, lies and differences between classes. ...read more.

Conclusion

The setting of some plays may not always be essential to understanding the content but in this play I thought the setting contributed well as did the lighting. The setting enhanced emotions that have been expressed by the performers. For example, standing nest to a broken wall, you feel negative, but by a brand new wall you feel positive. The performers did not look like they had any problems with the set. If the set was difficult to move around on, the cast would not have come across as well. The set added enjoyment to the play as it created a picture for the audience to relate to in their minds. In conclusion , I believe the play was amazing the performers, the set, the lighting, props and make up, came together to provide an amazing play I would defiantly I would defiantly go and see this play again and believe it will continue to draw in audiences from all backgrounds. ...read more.

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