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"Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell.

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GCSE English Literature Coursework "Blood Brothers" by Willy Russell I have chosen to add a scene illustrating when Mickey realises that Eddie has moved away and Mickey has lost his best friend. Then I will show Eddie missing Mickey. Mickey does not know where Eddie now lives. By looking at Willy Russell's version of "Blood Brothers", it is unclear whether Eddie told Mickey that he was leaving. At the end of II/viii Mrs Johnston says to Eddie "Go and see our Mickey before I change my mind". It then cuts to Eddie in the countryside. Two years later when Mickey and Eddie meet up again there is no element of surprise. I find this strange. It maybe that Mickey knew that Eddie was moving, yet he did not wish to pursue him. However, I do not believe that Willy Russell would have written his production like this. My additional scene shows how I think Russell would have written... Extra Scene A SAMMY enters dragging MICKEY on, in a headlock. Mickey: Sammy... Sammy g'er off... I'll tell mum Sammy: Give it me... me toy car Mickey: No, it's mine Eddie: Excuse me.... Mickey... Are you ok? SAMMY stops- still holding MICKEY, looks at Eddie Sammy: Who's this? Eddie: Edward Lyons, pleased to meet you (Eddie puts out his hand to shake) Sammy: Fuck off poshy before I beat you up Mickey: Eddie run, save yourself Eddie: But there is something I need to tell you Mickey: Go, go... run EDDIE runs off stage in a silly manor, closely followed by SAMMY. MICKEY is left on stage alone looking upset. Narrator comes in bottom left. Extra Scene B Narrator: The police have been, What you gonna do, Will they through the book at you? The devils got your number, Y'know he's gonna find y', He's standing right behind y' He's creeping down y'hall. Jennifer's getting worried, Is she going to run? ...read more.

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The scene changes should flow along smoothly. Two areas are semi-permanent, the Lyons house and the Johnston house on either side of the stage. The area between the two houses will be for all exterior acts. As we have seen the play starts in Liverpool where hard-up Mrs Johnston has to give her baby away to the affluent Mrs Lyons because she cannot afford to bring up her child. Mickey the brother raised in poverty meets his prosperous brother, Eddie and they become friends but neither knows of their secrete relationship. When Mrs Lyons realises they have become blood brothers she decides that their family should move away to cease their relationship. This is where I have added my extra scene My scene shows the last time Eddie saw Mickey and Mickey realising he is alone. Then I used a cross cutting scene to show Eddie missing Mickey. My scene makes acts II and III make more sense. I have added two extra scenes, a shot scene involving Mickey Sammy and Eddie. In this scene, we see the aggressive temper of Mickey's older brother, Sammy who is nearly ten. They are fighting relates to Mickey's monologue in II/i. Eddie is already on stage when Mickey is dragged on stage by Sammy. This keeps cumbersome scene changes to a minimum, which stays constant to Willy Russell's productions. In this scene, Sammy and Eddie show their class difference. Eddie friendly and formal but Sammy calls him a "Poshy" and I abusive to him He chases him off stage, that is their exit. Mickey is left alone on stage for the next scene he calls to see Eddie, enquiring why he came to see him earlier. A woman, unfamiliar to Mickey opens the door she claims not to know Eddie. He then says, "(in a posh voice) is Edward at home?" this shows the class differences between Mickey and the woman living at the Lyons old house, "up by the park" or "up the other end, near the big houses" as Mickey said in II/i. ...read more.

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An example of this is the first scene when she is singing about her life but then it resumes into normal conversation, with the milkman. In my first added scene, I involve Sammy. I was unsure about this because he is not in the rest of the plot. It might be that Willy Russell did not wish to involve Sammy, consequently I am going against Russell's ideas. I feel Sammy's involvement enhances the scene and it would not work without him. Using Sammy, Mickey and Eddie I show the differences of the three 'brothers' Sammy and Mickey, who were raised in squalor, speak colloquially and seam to be uneducated. As we see that later they grow up to be unemployed and antagonistic to officialdom. Where as Eddie ages to become a councillor and factory manager, making him everything Sammy and Mickey are not. My insert of narration is an unrealistic which is constant throughout the whole production. Some of Russell's narration exerts come at the end or beginning of a scene, anticipating the future but also relating to the past. A line in my narration is "The police have been" this recalls act II/vii when the policewoman visited each mother warning them of there sons behaviour. Then I anticipate the future asking, "will they ever meet again?" This leaves the audience in suspense, also contemplating what Mrs Lyons said in act I/viii, "If either twin learns he is one of a pair they shall both die immediately". These episodes influence the audience to thinking their own ending before it happens. The rhyme in my narration highlights words and changes the pace of the plot. The repetition of "devil" creates a scary effect of tension and suspense. All these factors help the audience, they remember the previous events and anticipate what will happen. Overall, I feel my scenes fit the plot well and they help the audience understand the play in an enhanced form, which involves Mickey and Eddies reunion, Eddies success, Mickey's hard look and the death of the "Blood Brothers". By Oliver Twigg 10HE ...read more.

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