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Blood Brothers: Willy Russell Blood Brothers is a tale of two twin brothers separated at birth because the mother was too poor to have both, she strikes a deal with a richer woman who is possibly infertile, in a trade of human life. The two boys grow up unaware of each other, then one day the boys meet and become good friends and finally "blood brothers", the biological mother of both, Mrs Johnstone, discovers hers sons new best friend, Eddy, is in fact her son. She tells him never to come near Mickey (the other twin), her or the estate she is living on again. Mrs Lyons (Eddy's 'adoptive' mother) then also finds out the two boys have met and in a state of paranoia decides they must move to the country to remove the risk of the two boys ever finding out that they are brothers, but by some twist of fate the Johnstone family are moved to the country, in the same place as the Lyon family, by the council. But the twins don't meet straight away, as Eddy attends boarding school. Then one day, whilst on the meadows they meet again and recognise each other. For years they are best friends, but then Eddy goes to university and everything changes. Mickey gets his high school sweetheart, Linda, pregnant, and marries her. ...read more.


Moreover Marilyn Monroe committed suicide. I thought the performance of Blood Brother was good, I thought the story line was first-class and I liked the use of a strong character narrating, but I felt that the ending song especially was out of place. The scenery was especially good; it was simple yet effective and they used all the space well e.g. having the narrator figure high up and the cast lower. All the characters were strong but especially the twins. They managed to carry of the roles of young children, then teenagers and finally adults extremely well to the point where it was believable. It had a good mixture of 'good' and 'evil' characters, and I felt, having the narrator as not directly part of the story worked exceptionally well. I think the use of a narrator that was not part of the storyline, but a strong character was very effective. I think that Willy Russell may have used the narrator as a different perspective of the play for the audience. The narrator wasn't biased, but provided a figure for the audience to turn back to if they didn't comprehend the story, as the story line moves quickly (30 years in 2 and a half hours). ...read more.


The play covers a long period of time (about 30 years) in two and a half hours, which would be quite hard to follow if it was done in a different way than Blood Brothers. Blood Brothers tells us the story firstly by the script, secondly by song then thirdly by the narration, doing it like this meant that we were told 3 times what was happening so it was easier to understand. I found that the narrator was the most memorable character as he had a strong voice and added an element of creepiness into the play, though in some parts the characters can see and hear the narrator they don't refer to him in the script, perhaps either because he is the devil in all of us, or maybe a voice in our heads. I think the issues raised in the play are quite taboo, the idea that perhaps generally all bad things happen to the working class and they turn to crime, and the upper class have it good. I thought that all the characters were superb, but especially the narrator and Mrs Johnstone. Overall, I enjoyed the play and thought it was well written and well acted, even if some of the songs weren't particularly good. ...read more.

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