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Blood Brothers

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Introduction

Blood Brothers The play that I am going to discus in this essay is "Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell. I saw this play at Manchester's Opera house theatre on the 4th May 2005. This play is set in Liverpool over 25 years starting in the mid 60's and ending in the late 80's. The play covers lots of important themes such as superstition, love and different classes. The section I will cover in detail is the ending of the play as it emotionally moved me greatly. The main emotions I felt were shock, nervousness and sadness. The costumes in this final scene were used very cleverly to show the contrast of rich and poor. Mickey was dressed in jeans with a scruffy black jacket. This shows that he was living roughly and couldn't afford posh clothes. Similarly, Linda was wearing blue jeans with a long black overcoat. This also was not very posh. Edward on the other hand was wearing a posh suit and was well turned out. Edward's clothes showed that he was rich and had the money to spend on clothes and suits. ...read more.

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This effect was used to light one side of the stage where Edward and Linda were. The lights helped to define space as it made it clear to us that they were somewhere else from Mickey who was on the other side of the stage. Mickey had a dull spot light on him to show he had a low status on stage. To help make the love scene between Edward and Linda as emotional as possible music was used. A slow love song sang by Mrs Johnstone called "Light Romance" could be heard as both Edward and Linda interacted romantically with each other. This fitted this section as it helped to set a romantic atmosphere and the words of the song also told us how they felt about each other which helped explain the plot. At this moment the set was of an outside park. Silhouettes of leaves were projected onto the ground to give it an outdoor feel. This helped us believe that Edward and Linda were outside in the country somewhere. This section gained an emotional response from me as it made me feel nervous about the relationship going on behind Mickey's back. ...read more.

Conclusion

This part is the most emotional part of the whole play as it combines tension, shock, nervousness and sadness in a very short space of time. Edward is terrified in this scene as Mickey is holding a gun to his head. He communicates this to the audience by the fact that he stumbles and stutters all of his words. He holds his hands to his head, as if they could protect him and he is almost crying. On the other hand Mickey isn't terrified. He has the highest status on stage. He is shaking but not because of fear because he has so much anger built up inside of him. He showed this by the harsh tone he spoke in, his face being screwed up and that he kept eye contact with Edward. The two men are parted but Mickey keeps moving closer to Edward showing that he is invading his space. This happens a few times until Mrs Johnstone finishes her monologue. Mickey's last line "You mean I could have been him" finishes the relationship between him and Edward. Just at this moment a policeman shoots Mickey, in the dying second Mickey shoots Edward and both brothers lie motionless on the floor. ...read more.

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