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Directing a production of the final scene of Willy Russell's 'BLOOD BROTHERS'

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GCSE English Post 1914 Drama Coursework Directing a production of the final scene of Willy Russell's 'BLOOD BROTHERS' In this piece of coursework, I am going to describe how I would direct the final scene in the play 'BLOOD BROTHER'S' written by Willy Russell's. I will use all aspects of theatre such as characterisation, mood, themes, and dramatic techniques. Furthermore, I will write on how I want the actor to say their lines (softly, slowly, desperate etc.), what kinds of lighting I will use (spotlights, faded, colours, shadows etc), how the actors should move (stance, position, movement, body language etc) and on the music and sound effects (volume, atmosphere etc). This play was written in Liverpool in 1914 although it is set in London 1914. Russell does seem to have the intention to discuss class divisions, which seems to be one of the themes of the play. Throughout the whole play the classes are affecting the two brother's relationships greatly. I believe that Russell's done a great job of successfully blending in comedy and tragedy, as thought the play, life is seen as a joke to Mickey and the play ends as a tragedy. At the time when the play was being written, there was a lot of class divinisation going around in Liverpool, which could have been, the cause for Russell to also add it in to his play. ...read more.

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In this part, we are dragged deeply into Mickey's feeling and what he has been gong through. It is for this reason I do not think there should be any sound effects, so all we hear his voice explaining the situation to Edward and to the audience. Edward does try to fight back for the accusation being made towards him - 'Mickey, I don't know what...' I think that Edward should say this speech in a firm yet hurried way, to show his innocents as well as him fear. Mickey does not believe what Edward is saying is true and lashes out at him for the first time in the scene, at this point a load bang will occur and the spotlight will fall upon Mickey as he shouts - 'Friends!' For the rest of this part, Mickey and Edward finish off there conversation in anger and denial, Edward thinks Mickey is talking rubbish when he accuses him about his child, when Edward says - 'No, for God's sake!' - he will turn to a different direction yet will still be facing Mickey, to show how ridiculous he thinks his "blood bother" is acted. There is then a pause of when Edward and Mickey just stare at each other silence. 3-Directing the play from when Mrs Johnstone is addresses Mickey until the Police are heard through the loudhailer, the stage will be set out as of the following. ...read more.

Conclusion

The only people who will be on it, is Mrs Johnstone, the narrator and his company. Mrs Johnstone will be isolated taking up half the stage, in the other half of the stage; the narrator and his company will be there isolated alone also, this is too show that Mrs Johnstone came from having a whole family to nothing. The music will go with the rhythm Mrs Johnstone sings her piece as if it was any other tune, it would not work effectively. The bodies of Mrs Johnstone's two sons will remain in the centre of the stage, and she will between her words from time to time come up to the dead bodies and touch them to show the audience her affection the only spotlight in this part of the play will be focusing on the two bodies, this light will supplies a reflection of light to the rest of the stage. I believe that the less light in the end the better so the theme of sadness and tragedy can be emphasised. In conclusion, I believe I have described the way I want the last scene to be directed. I have talked about what sort of lighting I want and at what times. Also I have talked about the way I want particular lines to be said to emphasis the wording being used. And finally I have also described the sort of sound effects I want throughout the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? 10.5 ...read more.

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