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Dramatic Analysis of Blood Brothers

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Introduction

Costume The use of costumes in the play greatly emphasized the age difference between the scenes. In the first scene Linda is portrayed as young and so even though she acted like a boy the actress still dressed as a girl, in bright frocks. In this the director tries to show she does not really care what she looks like, this is taken further by the fact she has dirt marks on her face, in an effort to get accepted by the lads. In the second scene the actress is playing a teenager, she has become more aware of her body and tries to flaunt it. She wears a ridiculously small skirt in an attempt to catch Mickey's attention, who she is portrayed as lusting after. After this scene when Mickey and Linda are married she wears sensible plain clothes. ...read more.

Middle

It is my belief that the issue of class is influenced by Willy Russell's own childhood. In his childhood, as he was working class he never had as many opportunities for success as the upper class. I think he tries to show this in the play through the characters Mickey and Edward, one belonging to a working class family and the other to an upper class family. Voice The voice's of the characters change quite significantly during the course of the play. In the beginning the children have quite high voices but through the play the boys' voices become deeper showing progression through puberty and maturity. As kids you can tell from there voices that they are always happy were as, as the kids get older and start facing the problems of life they show there sadness in there voice. ...read more.

Conclusion

However as the children grew older the actors showed them moving with a purpose and with less energy. After coming back from prison Mickey is show with a sense of tiredness around him. I feel the director does this to emphasize the point that going to prison took everything out of Mickey and he is now forever depressed. Technique One aspect of the play I liked was the good use of crosscutting, having the scene in which Mickey and Edward are lying dead on the floor, in the beginning immediately raises the questions: Who are they? Why are they dead? Who are the people around them? Etc. I feel this captivates the audience, draws them in and creates a sense of mystery about the play because the audience wants to know what leads to that scene taking place. Light In the beginning the stage is flooded with darkness and then when the red spotlight hits the bodies of Edward and Mickey it draws the attention of the audience. ...read more.

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