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Blood Brothers - Examine the Role of Mrs Lyons in Both Act1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 5. How Far Has she Changed and how could this be represented on Stage?

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Examine the Role of Mrs Lyons in Both Act1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 5. How Far Has she Changed and how could this be represented on Stage? Blood Brothers is a play written by Willy Russell telling the story of two twin brothers that were separated at birth, as their mother could not afford to keep the both of them. The mothers well to do employee, Mrs Lyons, hears of the mother's problem and agrees to take in one of the boys and to raise him as her own. Later on in their life the boys meet up again and ironically swear to become blood brothers and friends forever. To begin with this unlikely friendship seems to be doing well but as the bys get older their different backgrounds push them apart. In this essay I am going to examine the role of the adopted child's mother Mrs Lyons, and see how her personality changes from act 1 scene 5 to act 5 scene 5 and how this could be presented on stage. In act 1 scene 5 the mother tells her employee of the situation she is in, she tells her of the twins she is to conceive and that she could not possibly afford another one. Mrs Lyons is a very rich woman and could easily afford anything she desires yet the one thing she wants and cannot have is a child of her own. ...read more.

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I.e. she makes the mother believe she is a nice woman, and that the mother will still be allowed to see her child whenever she wants, when secretly she doesn't intend to do this at all! In this scene Mrs Lyons is slightly eccentric and her actress should therefore aim to make this eccentricity the key part of her character in this play. The lighting on the actresses face should cast shadows to make her seem scary as this can be associated with craziness. After the mother has achieved her goal she should straighten her appearance and brush her hair back to show her calmness now she has gotten her own way. In act 5 scene 5 Mickey goes up to Eddies house because he believes that Eddie has been having an affair with Linda, Mickey has also just found out that the only reason he has both a job and a house is down to Eddie, understandably he is angry that Eddie has never told any of this to him. When Eddie arrives at the house he begins to shout at Eddie and accuses him of trying to control his house, "Is there anything I have that you don't own?" says Mickey to Eddie. Eddie is obviously very surprised by this as he didn't do any of it on purpose he was after all just trying to help his friend. ...read more.

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In order to show her madness the actress's movements should be fast and large to show herself as jumpy this will help the audience understand how she is feeling. There should be a shadow cast across the actresses face to give her the appearance of a skull as this will help the audience see how evil she is. The speech of the actress should be short and sharp and whilst she speaks she should not look at the person she is talking but all around her, she should wave her body about almost provocatively as this would show her madness. In conclusion I would say that Mrs Lyons has changed drastically from act 1 scene 5 to act 5 scene 5. In act 1 scene 5 she could seem quite normal maybe a little eccentric for thinking of the idea in the first place but just a little desperate. Whereas in the later act 5 scene 5 she is genuinely crazy she has lost the plot and is thinking of just one thing and nothing else how to keep the secret from Eddie. This change is definitely down to her adopting Eddie, as the play goes on and Eddie gets older Mrs Lyons becomes increasingly crazy, this is due to her becoming increasingly worried that Eddie will find the truth. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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