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I am writing in response to the governor's decision to stop the production of Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. I understand the reasons for this, but I wish to demonstrate how certain themes are an integral part of the play

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Leek High School Springfield Road Leek Staffordshire ST13 6EU Dear Headteacher and Governors, I am writing in response to the governor's decision to stop the production of Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. I understand the reasons for this, but I wish to demonstrate how certain themes are an integral part of the play, and that it is not unreasonable for it to be performed by students. One of the biggest issues is the use of swearing in the play. Willy Russell uses the bad language to emphasise the difference between the classes. This is shown when Micky and Eddie first meet and Micky says that he is "Pissed off." Edwards's reaction to this is "Pissed off? You say smashing things don't you." This shows that Eddie doesn't understand Micky as he thinks he is "Smashing" Micky on the other hand is using the swearing to express his emotions in the best way he knows. ...read more.

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It also leads to him being suspended, which reveals another similarity between him and Micky. A second point that someone may uses to discredit the play is the part when Micky and Eddie go to watch "Adult Films" this again is an integral part of the play as it shows the growing up and becoming teenagers. This is proven when Edward says "Listen, we can see how it is done; look the Essolado for one week only, Nymphomaniac Nights and Swedish Au Pairs." This shows that the pair are eager to learn about subjects that they are interested in, and demonstrates them growing up. Also the names like "Nymphomaniac Nights" and "Swedish Au Pairs." Are subtle and could be much more graphic in there description, and whilst performing the play we don't actually have to show the film, as we can just simulate it. Two teenagers going to watch an erotic film will almost certainly lead to them discussing it in detail to each other, including them making references to the female body. ...read more.

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The theme of romance and relationships is relevant to the age group that will be performing the play, and also has the sub-theme of childhood sweethearts. Also the Edward/Linda relationship is realistic and does happen in the real world. Tragedy also plays a big part as the whole play is structured towards it. However as the audience see a small clip at the beginning that shows the end, it doesn't comes as a surprise. Tragedy is a common ending to many stories. Mrs Johnstone makes a big deal about superstitions in the play, and they set up the ending. This demonstrates a contrast to Mrs Lyons as she thinks that superstitions are stupid and pointless. However the biggest theme in the play is class differences. This is in effect the whole play and shows how children are aware of it at a very young age, but it only really affects them as they get older. I hope I have portrayed my opinion of the play and the decision to stop the production of it. Many Thanks Iain Gill ?? ?? ?? ?? Iain Gill 11DM English 11X1 ...read more.

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