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

'Marvellous show', 'Moving story'. 'Triumphal'. How do you account for the longstanding success of 'Blood Brothers'?

Extracts from this document...


'Marvellous show', 'Moving story'. 'Triumphal'. How do you account for the longstanding success of 'Blood Brothers'? 'Blood Brothers' is a twentieth century play, set on the streets of Liverpool, in the early eighties. It follows the lives of two brothers; Edward Lyons, and Mickey Johnstone. The author, Willy Russell was brought up in a working class family, relating to the character Mickey in the play. He then went on to work as a hairdresser, as a hairdresser, and being surrounded by female family members as a child, Russell became familiar with the topics and language of the women's everyday conversation. This play was written in a time of suffering and unemployment, in Liverpool, where industries were dying, which reflects in the play. As people became more aware of the situation, Russell realized that there was a lot of prejudice against the working class. Russell's upbringing obviously contributed in the storyline of this play, his views on women and his use of songs and ballads. In the beginning of the play the narrator sings, 'did you never hear how the Johnstones died, never knowing that they shared one name.' ...read more.


Through the play there is a strong theme of superstition. 'Oh God, Mrs Lyons, never put new shoes on a table... you never know what'll happen.' This is Mrs Johnstone referring to placing new shoes on a table, being bad luck. Dramatic irony is a key part in this play. The best example is when Mickey takes Edward home for the first time saying, 'Mam, this is my blood brother.' Mickey and Edward are unaware the full impact of this announcement, but the audience are. Another example is when Edward doesn't tell his mother where he received the locket that contains a photo of Mickey and Mrs. Johnstone. He says, 'It's just a secret, everybody has a secrets, don't you have secrets?' The audience now feels involved with the play and the suspense builds because they know Mrs. Lyons keeps a deep secret. Although the two boys are brothers, they are treated very differently. This is very clear when they are caught giving cheek to a policeman. He escorts the boys to their parents, and tells them of their actions. When greeted by the Lyons with a glass of whiskey, the policeman suggests it was just a mere prank, and to dock his pocket money. ...read more.


Edward says, 'a side plate?' and Mickey replies, 'no, it's on top.' This joke causes misunderstanding because they were unaware of the two meanings, which makes the conversation amusing. Russell uses a wrong use of language, also to humour us. When Edward and his mother argue and Edward says, 'you're a fuck off!' He has picked up this bad language from his new friend, and it sounds totally out of place with his background, which is what makes the audience laugh, as it is completely unexpected. 'Blood Brothers' is made up of quite simple storylines. There is nothing too difficult to understand and it helps the audience to stay focused and involved with the action. The mixed scene changes in the film work to keep the audience gripped, as does the fast speed of the play. Overall I think that Willy Russell is very successful in maintaining the audience's attention and involving them with his characters. The script is straight forward yet appealing, and the characters are simple yet imaginative. Overall, this play is very down-to-earth, which makes it easy to relate to. The use of humour contradicting to all the sorrow in the play, is a very good technique. With a script of this quality 'Blood Brothers' could run for many more years. Sophie White ...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. Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the ...

    Here Willy Russell shows that Mrs. Johnstone is very caring whereas Mrs. Lyons is extremely conniving and manipulative by going against her word along with using superstitions to defend herself. The audience will now be repulsed by Mrs. Lyons. Willy Russell than moves the story on seven years as we see Mickey and Edward becoming 'Blood Brothers'.

  2. Blood Brothers. In the play we see that Mrs Johnstones life totally contrasts with ...

    We see during the play that the cycle of poverty and lack of money suffered by Mrs Johnstone is continued when Mickey and Linda are together, we see this in many different ways but one way is when Mickey takes up Sammy's offer to do a little job for an

  1. To what extent is the Summer Song sequence, sung by the narrator, a watershed ...

    the second of Edward and Linda and the third of Mickey and Linda. Edward and Linda's seem much more genuine and well matched. Then the narrator takes a picture of the three. This makes the audience wish that the children knew of their futures and it makes the "picture" look empty, and meaningless.

  2. Willy Russell's Blood Brothers - The Grand Theatre Leeds.

    they had in between the relationship at that age, she is laughing with happiness and such an open body line, she has nothing on her mind. She has a lot of respect for Mickey but different to the respect he has for his brother, in the way that Linda laughs

  1. Blood Brothers

    he believed Mickey that they were blood brothers when they were youngsters. Also this quote shows that Edward is childish because he still believed that him and Mickey were blood brothers at the age of 18. Edward is childish and gullible because of his family background and the way he has been brought up.

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

    Lyons that it is possible to love just one thing above all else, and that money really isn't everything. We don't actually see Mrs Johnstone change that much throughout the course of the play. She is the one constant. An ever present character from beginning to end.

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

    I feel a certain sorrow for Mrs Johnston having been threatened by Mrs Lyons, to secure the rights of Edward. In Act 1 Scene 8, Mrs Lyons says 'They say that if either twin learns he was one of a pair they shall both die immediately'.

  2. English Literature - Blood Brothers

    In my opinion, the condition of the grass that the brothers are sitting on could be implemented by lack of growth and discolouring. This could be due to a drought or lack of water given by the local council because of insufficient funds, which suggests the financial status of the area.

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