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Blood Brothers Willy Russell's play 'Blood Brothers' tells the story of twin boys separated at birth on the opposite sides of the social ladder. The play follows the twists and turns of each of their lives concluding in their final meeting, which results in their death. Throughout the play there are many musical scores, which enhance the atmosphere and tensions of the play. We first see Mrs Johnstone when she talks about the twins and her old life. She sings a song about her husband and all her children. You expect Mrs Johnstone to be upset about her husband leaving and having seven children to look after without having much money. Because she's singing about it, it gives the impression that she's not that upset about what happened and looks towards the future hoping it'll be bright and cheerful. She uses the repetition of Marilyn Monroe and dancing. She might be referring to Marilyn Monroe because her husband used to think she was sexier than Marilyn Monroe and she didn't have any responsibilities like her children, and was able to do things when she wanted instead of having to think of other people first. ...read more.


For the children they're all friends but will eventually have to split up and be on they're own to start anew. The kids are mainly the only voice of the song, they do the sound effects this creates a playful scene where all the kids are just happy and jolly and don't really care for the future as their minds are on focusing on the here and now. I think the audience is meant to feel happy and feel like they're kids again and remember how free and lively you are. At the end of the song in the last two lines the music slows down which builds up a serious atmosphere. Because it has slowed down the audience seems to become more alert and listen more to what they are saying it also could be representing the fact that the twins are going to die and even if you cross your fingers, and count to ten they won't be able to get off the ground again. The lyrics and music in this song are less serious than in other songs because it's representing the fun the kids have. ...read more.


When the heartbeat quickens it could be representing the twins knowing that one of them has been sold to a stranger. It could also be meaning that time's ticking by and shortening fast before the twins die, and there's no way of stopping it, this shows that music gives many messages for the audience to interpret. Mickey and Eddie have just died and Mrs Johnstone is singing as though she's letting her feelings out though the song. Mrs Johnstone doesn't want the truth of her sons' death to be real, she'd prefer it if it was a dream or just a figment of her imagination, "tell me it's not true, say it's just a story. Something on the news." In the song it refers to the theatre quite a bit because in the theatre everyone's ok- no one dies properly, it's all just an act. The song refers to clowns and acting "say it's just some clowns, two players in the limelight' and bring the curtain down." The clowns could be Mickey and Eddie with Mickey getting confused and only going on what he's bee told instead of finding out the truth for himself. ...read more.

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