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Blood Brothers | Evaluative Phase During the period of the 1960s, a mother gives one of her twin sons to a woman she works for. Seven years later, the twins meet and form a friendship that is forbidden by their mothers. Ironically, due to circumstances, the families end up moving next to one another, not by choice. Predictably, the twins unite again. Later on in the story, one twin ends up in jail, whereas the other attends University. Finally, one day, the twins discover that they are related, and tragically die on that day. The key moments of the performance were when the twins met and willfully became "Blood Brothers". Another key moment was when the twins discover the shocking truth of being related and, predictably, yet tragically die on that day. The set was very basic; however, this simplicity brought our focus on the actors and other stimuli which had more significance in the performance. ...read more.

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The props used were quite symbolic, perhaps, some even used to further define a character, e.g. the podium that Edward used. It further brought his class, intellect and professionalism into reminder. We see Mickey and Eddie playing games of gunfights (in which the props are guns), which we find more poignant as we already foresee their death-scene. Lighting, to be honest wasn't very visible due to the fact that the play was performed at day time. However, whenever the narrator appeared in the performance, an ominous red light appeared around him, which was visible on a contrasting black stage. Also, spotlights were used during important freeze frames, at the end of key scenes in the play. Music was also used, but in crucial scenes, only two, such as the opening narrator's speech and in Mickey's prison cell. The music played as the narrator spoke, combining the speech with music worked well, providing a more meaningful aspect to what the narrator is saying. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see that Eddie has been raised into a well-spoken, middle-class boy, whereas Mickey remains a working-class, untamed hooligan. However, when Eddie turns to the Johnstone household; I think that fate and heredity was pulling him back to his roots. Suggesting, no matter their differences, they still grew from the same root. We also see social class as a theme. Mickey and Eddie, trying to overcome the class boundaries and protect their friendship. There are signs of class separation e.g. the use of costumes. The costumes invite us to make a judgment about each character. Eddie emerges with neat stockings - Mickey emerges in rough denim. The accents were also a big aspect, again reminding us of the class division. Eddie and the Lyons are articulate; suggesting a good education; whereas the Johnstone family share a Liverpudlian accent, suggesting lack of education. The theme of superstition is brought to attention as the narrator reminds us about the curse of the twins, once parted, dying on the same die. ...read more.

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