• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GCSE Drama Review of 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell.

Extracts from this document...


GCSE Drama Review of 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell As we walked into the auditorium of the Phoenix Theatre, London on Thursday 3rd July to see the matinee performance of the musical 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell, the first thing that struck me was the vibrant and rich red and gold paint. I also noticed that from the walls and ceiling you could detect what era the theatre was built in. On the walls of the Phoenix Theatre were Victorian paintings and the red and gold painted walls and the red seating all suggested that this theatre was built during the Victorian era. I sat down on row D, seat 19 so I was quite close to the stage, ready to watch the performance as the house lights dimmed. The seats were very close to the stage making every performance quite intimate. The seating was raked and consisted of stalls, balconies and private boxes. e.g. Set: The Proscenium Arch stage was also raked, and before and partially into the beginning of the performance there was just a black gauze through which the set was visible. As the performance was a matinee the majority of the audience were High School teenagers but there were some elderly/middle-aged people in the auditorium as well. This meant that the atmosphere in the auditorium was buzzing which was probably due to the teenagers, and the fact that the 1600 seater auditorium was almost full. Once the house lights went down and the rumbled of voices quietened, and the actors entered. ...read more.


You can see this nervous attitude from her facial expression as she always carried a worried look, and also from her body language as her hands always flustered nervously. Mrs. Lyons' relationship with Mrs. Johnstone got more impersonal as the play went on. They stood further apart from one another and they spoke in raised voices. Mrs. Lyons was very protective of Eddy so she walked and sat very close to him all the time and didn't like feeling that she has no control over him. Narrator - Phillip Stewart: I think that the narrator was the character that had the highest status on stage. He didn't emotionally relate to any of the characters. You could see this reflection of impersonality towards the characters when he was face to face with a distraught Mrs. Johnstone or an excited Mickey his facial expression didn't alter, showing he had no understanding of the characters emotions. The fact that the narrator didn't relate to any of the characters, means that they fear the narrator and are intimidated by him. Further more, the fact that the characters were actually aware of the narrator is unusual as most narrators are kept separate from the characters. This may be because the narrator acted as something more spiritual, like he was a figure of destiny or life who is moving the actors around like chess pieces. He would creep up on people, or pull them away as he had the power to do this. ...read more.


When he first made his appearance in Act 1, Scene 2 as a seven year old, fidgeting madly and pulling his jumper over his knees it was really funny. When he was a teenager and he was trying to impress Linda he spoke in a deep voice, which made the whole audience laugh out load! When sadder moments in the play came the lights were usually blue. The final scene of the play was a mixture of passion, fear, tension and sadness. When you were sitting on the edge of your seat wondering who was going to shoot whom, you could sense the tension in the auditorium. You could see the passion between Mickey and Eddy as they found out they were brothers from just looking at their faces and the fear from Mrs. Johnstone and Mrs., Lyons as they feared that Mickey was going to kill Eddy. I thought that the play was very thought provoking as it made you think about the social injustice of our society today. This social injustice was the plays main theme along with superstition as the narrator frequently quoted superstitions like-'new shoes on the table'. Social Injustice is the basis of many other plays like 'Teechers' by John Godber. This play sends the message through the ideal of school, and the social injustice at the school. I really enjoyed the play and I would definitely go and see it again. I thought that all of the actors performed their characters brilliantly and showed absolute commitment to their role throughout the whole of the play. They seemed to have got into their characters and know them of by heart. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Blood Brothers section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Blood Brothers essays

  1. How has Willy Russell portrayed Mrs. Johnstone and Mrs. Lyons in Blood Brothers? How ...

    I absolutely loved this play; it had everything that I love. A bit of something that will make you laugh, something you can understand through music, music can also make it more emotional and an amazing end that left you sitting there with your mouth hanging open minutes after the play had finished.

  2. How does Willy Russell explore the themes of class and society in Blood Brothers?

    asks them questions about how we the English live and how the way we act influences others. A question that has not been answered in the play is whose fault was it that Edward and Mickey died? To begin with it might have been Mrs Johnstone's fault that they died

  1. In 'Blood Brothers' we discussed how the narrator affects the play and how the ...

    were cleverly thought out and well blocked. The sense of different types of emotion in my voice was well acted (the three 'I'm not superstitious), because it convinced the audience that my character was real and that my emotions were real as well. The worst part: I liked the performance and what we had done I that

  2. Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the ...

    We also see that she does not see money as the answer to all of her problems as we see her refuse money from the desperate Mrs. Lyons, " Mrs. Lyons: Thousands...I'm talking about thousands if you want it, and think what you could do with money like that.

  1. A review of the production of Blood Brothers

    At the different stages of her life her clothes showed the changed, her emotions and what she was going through at the time. For example when she had a child, she was worried that she couldn't support her daughter financially as her husband, Mickey, didn't have a job so there was no income coming in.

  2. Blood Brothers - The Narrator

    He knows they are all victims and he does not blame them unlike the way he blames Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons. He doesn't taunt them either; instead his tone is resigned and sad. Here we see the soft side of him; he doesn't want fate to take its course,

  1. Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two brothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the ...

    In Act 2 Scene 4 Mickey says 'Eddie...Eddie...You coming out?' With Eddie replying 'My mum says I haven't got to play with you'. Mickey responds 'Don't take any notice of mothers...Come on bunk under the fence and she won't see you.'

  2. "And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be ...

    When they are older they can understand how their lives have grown apart due to class. Edward has been able to get a good education and a descent job. Mickey has had the opposite, he cannot afford his baby and he eventually goes unemployed, this drives him towards the robbery and later towards the argument with Edward.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work