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Choose a scene in "Blood Brothers", By Willy Russell. Imagine you are the director and write about How you would represent the scene on stage.

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Choose a scene in "Blood Brothers", By Willy Russell. Imagine you are the director and write about How you would represent the scene on stage "Blood Brothers" was written by Willy Russell, Willy was born in Whiston on the outskirts of Liverpool in 1947. The play Blood Brothers was first performed in a secondary school in Fazakerly, a suburb of Liverpool in 1982. On the first night it was performed in front of four hundred pupils, there were minimal props, scenery and music, but over the years it has been developed onto Broadway in 1993. It ahs been translated into at least ten different languages and is performed regularly all over the world. The play is set throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's with the main themes brought out at the end, which is set in the 80's. Russell's intentions in the play were to show the division of class between the Lyons and the Johnstone family by the use of language, music and the way the actors and actresses portray themselves on stage. The play was written during the recession in the 80's, the times are very clearly reflected in the play and so is the outcry against "Thatcherism," because the Prime Minister at the time Margaret Thatcher caused poverty for the working classes by closing the factories, coal mines and steel works. Writers such as Osborn and Delaney, who wrote Novels like "Look Back in Anger" and "A Taste of Honey." These two writers had similar writing techniques to Willy, they always used themes of poverty in the North. Willy also wrote plays such as "Our Day Out," "Educating Rita," and one of his most well know plays that was turned into a T.V series "Shirley Valentine." "Blood Brothers" is about two very different families, the Johnstone's and the Lyons. The two families have only one thing in common. Mrs Johnstone is poor with too many children that she can handle; she then finds out she is expecting twins. ...read more.

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The lighting at present in the production is dim with the only major light of Mickey and Eddie making them more protruding to the audiences and making the mood more intense. Eddie will stand off his podium making him on the same level as Mickey, and then the uneasy silence is broken between the two when Mickey abruptly says to Eddie "stay where you are!" Mickey's voice is shaky but abrupt; his tone is threatening to show Eddie that this isn't a joke. He is nervous but wants to show Eddie that he is in charge, his body language and tone of voice shows both feelings. Mickey is standing tall and strong but his trembling voice shows the real him through his hard exterior. Mickey edges his way closer and closer to Eddie very slowly, he stops a yard or so from him, his breathing is awkward and heavy. Eddie has a startled look upon his face at the sight of Mickey as he is in such a mess and the gun pointing right at him is worrying him and making him very nervy. Their eyes are glued to one another. The atmosphere on stage is dark and gives a feeling of claustrophobia to the audience. As the two draw closer and closer towards each other the frozen silence between them comes to a clam ending when Eddie gently says "Hello Mickey." As they stand alone on the stage the feud between them is on the rise and you can tell this by their body language as Eddie is trying to stay calm and keep Mickey's anger at bay. "I've stopped taking the pills," Mickey tells Eddie. Mickey forces these words out as you can tell nerves are taking a big toll in the way he is talking. Mickey then takes one hand of the gun and wipes his perspiring brow with the sleeve of his overall, the hand holding the gun shaking unsteadily as it works alone. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I could have been... I could have been him!" And on the word him Mickey full of anger waves the gun carelessly at Eddie. The gun explodes and Eddie falls dramatically to the ground. Mickey turns to the police screaming the word "no!" They open fire two guns explode blowing Mickey away. Everything now is quiet, Mrs Johnstone falls to the ground in between the two brothers who lay silently upon the floor in disbelief of the situation, she clutches them both in her hands with her head hung glancing at them both. Linda runs franticly down the aisle from the back of the auditorium and inspects Mickey first the Eddie in floods of tears she is taken to one side by a policemen and comforted. All the lights go dim as the Narrator appears and one spotlight illuminates him, he sums up the ending by saying "And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be what we, the English, have come to known as class?" He then goes on by saying what he opens with at the beginning of the play "Did you ever hear the story of the Johnstone twins, As like each other as two new pins, How one was kept and one given away, How they were born, and they dies, on the self same day?" The light on the Narrator dims as he walks off and Mrs Johnstone is put into the spotlight she now starts singing still kneeling on the floor holding the bodies of her sons. At the start of the second verse she stands up slowly, as she sings she uses her hands to express herself she walks right to the front of the stage with her arms out in front then up above her as the song ends and the curtain drops. While she is still singing in the background the bodies of her sons are put on stretchers and covered up with black sheets, undertakers then carry them off going opposite ways exiting on both sides of the stage. Written by Carly Turnbull. ...read more.

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