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Blood brothers - Development phase.

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BLOOD BROTHERS Development Phase In this workshop, we were aiming to develop our knowledge and understanding of the play Blood Brothers, and to build on our understanding of the play. To do this, we took part in a series of exercises across the day. We looked at the synopsis of the play in groups of 4 or 5. We created a practical comic strip/ play in less than a minute. The reason for this was to brief ourselves on the out line of the story. We used freeze-frame for the opening and ending lines, narrated action to explain to the audience what was going on in the scene, freeze-frame into action to mark the moment, and then we ran the scenes together. I played the narrator in this scene. I used the above techniques to try and raise the awareness of the story. I feel I was successful in my role as I briefed the audience on what was happening but also remained a focal point for the actors whilst they were becoming their characters. Throughout the play, class was a major issue. By looking at the photo of the two brothers we can see a huge difference in their costumes. ...read more.

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For example, if it were the door that I was pointing to, I may call it a banana, but I would have to really try and convince another person that it was. This is because I believed that the object really was a banana. It demonstrated how a child would believe things because someone else tells them. A child only knows that a ball is a ball because they have been told so. We used props for our child improvisations. A bucket was placed in the centre of the room. As children, we could enter into the middle of the room and begin to play with the bucket, however we do not know what the bucket is, and therefore tell all our friends that it is something completely different. It was a successful exercise as it helped me to get into the role of s child. I was much better prepared now to continue with the Eddie and Mickey improvisations. Now I knew how to play a child, I could demonstrate the physicality of Eddie and Mickey by using gestures. Both used very different body movements to the other. Mickey was confident and powerful compared to Eddie who was intimidated by Mickey and preferred to go along with anything that Mickey said. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see Linda, Mickey, and Eddie as if at the beach. Linda takes a picture of Mickey and Eddie, arms around each other, camping it up for the camera but eventually giving good open smiles. Mickey taking a picture of Eddie and Linda, with Eddie down on one knee kissing her hand, and Eddie, taking a picture of Mickey and Linda. All is very happy ands everyone is smiling and joking. It ends with the narrator taking a group photo of them all laughing, "And only if the three of them could stay like that forever, And if only we could predict no changes in the weather, And only if we didn't live in life, as well as dreams, And only if we could stop and be forever, just eighteen." The remaining part of the afternoon was spent devising a short scripted performance on a scene from the book. We discussed the parallels and issues regarding guns (for example) as much as the physicality of playing children and adults. I played Linda in the children's scene. It showed how guns were always an issue in Mickey's life and how they naturally came into everyday games. Here, the guns aren't dangerous and are used as a toy, to broaden a child's imagination but the irony behind the scene is evident as the audience (through subtext) can see how his life will map out. ...read more.

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