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Evaluation Of The Play Blood Brothers.

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Evaluation Of The Play Blood Brothers The play I went to see was Blood Brothers. The version I saw was performed at the Buxton Opera House and written by Willy Russell The play was a scripted piece and was written for young adults as some concepts, such as surrogacy, children would find hard to grasp. The use of vernacular language also allowed it to be suitable for older viewers as well as younger ones. The aim of the play was to show the audience that no good comes from lying as well as showing them the difficulties some families go through such as single parenthood and infertility. It also showed the different social classes and was strongly based on the fact of superstition. The play managed to effectively show these aspects in a realistic manner. The story is about two brothers separated at birth. One was kept and the other given away to a rich family to raise the child as their own. They were kept apart by the strong belief of their superstitious mother who was falsely informed that if the two were to ever know they were brothers then they would both die. However, they do realize that they are brothers and ironically, like the superstition stated, almost instantaneously died. The play was very stylised as it began with the final scene; in the play of the death of Mickey and Edward. ...read more.

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Juxtaposition was used a number of times in the play, first to showing Mickey and Edward's feelings about wanting to be like the other and secondly when the police officer reacted in different ways, when Mickey and Edward performed a serious offence. This showed the different classes for example, he threatened Mrs Johnstone with imprisonment however had a drink with Mr Lyons, letting Edward off. Another dramatic technique that was used was a freeze frame when Mickey and Linda were at the fair to capture the excitement of the people on the roller coaster. The stage was small, however this allowed everything to be seen clearly as most of the action happened in the centre of the stage. It was also raked, this was done to gain perspective and allow the audience to see what exactly was happening. The stage represented Mickey and Edward's homes when they were young through the graffiti on the walls, which said Everton and the silhouettes of the buildings, setting both time and place. Each actor cleverly brought on the props they required, to the stage as they came on to perform their parts e.g. Mickey brought his armchair and Mrs Johnstone brought her brush on to show the audience her occupation as a house cleaner, and when the scene was over they took these props with them. ...read more.

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A gobo of prison bars was also used to show that Mickey was in prison. The costumes represented time. This was shown through the clothes of the children, as they wore bright and vivid colours. This then matured when they grew older and their clothes became blander in colour. The clothes also represented different classes. Edward for example, when he was young was dressed up as if he was going to boarding school, wearing shorts with knee high socks and a shirt with a tie and a sleeveless jumper. Mickey was wearing a green jumper, which was full of holes and looked like it hade been passed down because it was far too big for him. This showed that Edward's family was rich whereas Mickey's family was not. Class was also shown through Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone's clothes, which didn't change in style through the play. Mrs Lyons wore a lot of what looked like expensive jewellery whereas Mrs Johnstone wore the same working coat telling the audience her job as well as telling them she wasn't very rich. I thought the play was very well written and performed. I enjoyed the way it was portrayed in a stylised manner and found the acting of the whole cast to be very pleasing. The story line was exceptional and very enjoyable for all ages. Even though the play was sad, it still effectively made the audience understand all the different issues that were raised. ...read more.

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