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Blood Brothers has been very successful on stage - write about some of the elements in the play that you think may have made the play so popular.

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Blood Brothers has been very successful on stage - write about some of the elements in the play that you think may have made the play so popular. The musical blood brothers, written by Willy Russell, is a very popular and demanding play of the modern ages. It was written in the 1960's and reflects upon the social and moral issues that were faced by the families at the time. The play is set in the 1960's Liverpool streets. Liverpool was one of the roughest and poorest areas in the UK. The people had to live through poverty and hardship. Most of the men had lost their jobs and were running on the money they had got from the dole every week. Teenagers from the lower class of families had to leave school and start working at the age of 15, so that they could help support the family and themselves. The musical reflects the periods of time when the poor working class and the wealthier middle class were living side by side in the Liverpool suburbs. Willy Russell makes strong political points through the play. He is very critical about the families that lived in the 1960's Liverpool. Through the play he tries to convey the point that, all problem faced by people lies outside in the society and community. The musical has been running since 1983. It started of it production in the Lyric theatre London. Since then it has been running successfully through out the years, in popular demand. The essence of the play that reflects on the reality of life, love and emotions that ties people together, family relations, friendship, violence and importantly the injustice in the society that we live in, make the musical a popular piece that many people can relate to. The play is put together in a mixture of a moral story that reflects issues, a suitable music and backtracks and lyrics that fit in beautifully. ...read more.


Mickey says: " You! Why couldn't you have given me away!" This brings on a horrible reflection of our society and on Mrs.Johnstone. Although we should consider the fact that, Edward didn't actually have a better life. This reflects on the human state of wanting what others have. We are never happy with what we have but is naturally drawn to what some one else has. This can be related to almost every one who watches the play, which adds to the reality and makes it more enjoyable. The play is a reflection of real life in many ways to most people. The problems in the play can be somewhat related to real life as well. It is this reality link of the play that makes it so admired. The moral values and superstition in the play can make the audience think about their own lives. At the beginning scene of the play the narrator say: " There's a stone in place of her heart? Then bring her on and come judge for yourselves." From the beginning of the play itself the audience are asked to decide for them selves about what they think is right or wrong. Through this Willy Ruslle proves his point to the audience that, it was none other than society and its moral values that created such a tragedy to ensue. This makes the play more interesting as people can create their opinions about the situation, since everyone lives in a society where moral issues are still a problem in some cases. An interesting piece in the story is how it twists round superstitions. What once is said as a superstition then becomes reality. An obvious example is the death of the two brothers. Mrs. Lyons in her desperation to get rid of Mrs.Johnstone uses, Mrs. Johnstones believe in superstition to get rid of Mrs. Johnstone. She says: " You do know about twins, secretly parted, don't you?......... ...read more.


This then further advances into the gun that is used in the robbery and then to its last and final development, the gun is used as the weapon that inadvertedly kills Edward and Mickey. The gun is hidden in the floor boards by Sammy, along with the hidden desperation. When Mickey takes it out he finally takes out all his desperation, it outlines his feelings being freed along with it. The sudden use of violence and guns builds up the tension in the play. The violence between Mrs.Lyons and Mrs.Johnstone, The violence between the robbery and the garage etc... It's quite interesting that even with all the violence happening around in the play, there is no evidence of domestic violence. This is how Ruslle criticises his point that violence is all around us and in the community. The use of Sammy's character is the way that Willy Russle has chosen to add in the violence in the play. As the audience we know all the way that he is going to be part of Mickey's downfalls. Mickey is weak since he was a child. It was always Linda who provided Mickey with support. Linda: Leave him alone! Sammy: Why?What'll you do about it if we don't? Linda: I'll tell my mother why all her ciggies always disappear when you're in our house. His character is very important as it is what leads Mickey to fall apart mentally as he provokes him to help him with the robbery. In conclusion the different elements in the play, the characters the setting the story line all have made the play a popular piece amongst the audience and will continue to do so. Each time convincing people that it is not oneself or their families that causes the downfalls in life's but society itself, with its moral rights and wrongs. It will make the provoke the people to rethink about where their problems have risen from. This essence of the play will keep it going and will ensure that the play is successful throughout the ages. Mariya Abdulla Blood Brothers 10.4 ...read more.

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