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

On October 16th I went with my drama class to see a production of Blood Brothers (written by Willy Russell). It was performed in the Phoenix theatre in London, and we saw a matinee performance.

Extracts from this document...


By Heather Coutanche On October 16th I went with my drama class to see a production of Blood Brothers (written by Willy Russell). It was performed in the Phoenix theatre in London, and we saw a matinee performance. The play is set in Liverpool in the 1950 - 60's, and is about two families. One woman, Mrs Johnstone, is very poor, lives in a slum and is struggling to bring up Several children by herself. She works for an middle class woman, Mrs Lyons, whose husband is away a lot on business. When Mrs Johnstone finds out she is expecting twins, she knows she won't be able to afford to look after them both. Mrs Lyons, who is unable to conceive, persuades her to give one of the twins to her, and she'd bring him up as her own, with nobody ever knowing apart from the two woman. Mrs Johnstone eventually agrees, but is very upset about the arrangement. Mrs Lyons eventually sacks her for being too involved with the baby and reminds her that she swore the pact on the bible so she can't break it. ...read more.


The lights also reflect the different places the story is set, for example in the scenes in Liverpool, they manage to make the stage look smoky and dark but when the scene changes to the countryside, green and blue gels light up the scenes. Flickering lights also show the cinema, and bright, colourful, flashing ones animate the 'fairground' scene. The most effective use of the lights is in the two scenes that deals with the mental breakdown of the two characters; there are flickering lights to show when Mickey goes 'frantic,' as well as lights that are used cleverly to look like bars when he is in prison, and then when Mrs Lyons goes crazy, flashing lights are used to symbolize lightning, as well as making the outline of a flickering tree. This is the most dramatic use of lighting in the play and it is very effective. There are also a number of sound effects used through the play. The funniest are the Swedish women when the boys go and see 'Nymphomaniac nights and Swedish Au pairs' at the cinema. Sound effects are also used for the guns at the end of the play and for when the children throw stones at the window in the park. ...read more.


If I had directed this I would have seriously considered using children for this part, and then the same actors for their teenage and adult years. Some of the acting was also not as good as the others, in particular the two mothers. This could be because the parts had been swapped around; Louise Russells, who played Mrs Lyons usually plays Donna-Marie (a more minor character) while Sarah Hay (Mrs Johnstone) usually plays Mrs Lyons. Although they generally played their parts to a high standard, some of the scenes between the two weren't very good; the 'shoes on the table' and 'attack in the kitchen' scenes were particularly bad. However I think the worst scene was when Mrs Lyons went mad,, although the special effects were good, the overall impression was very overly dramatic and exaggerated. I definitely preferred the first act to the second, and my favourite scenes were when the three teenagers were hanging out as friends. The play did a good job of evoking emotions in you overall, and the end scene was very sad. I liked the play as a whole, but People who have seen versions performed with a different class have said that it wasn't as good this time around but I liked the play as a whole, and found it enjoyable and entertaining. ...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 does Willy Russell explore the themes of class and society in Blood Brothers?

    The theme that money cannot buy happiness is shown in these childhood scenes. The difference in society also appears when Edward mentions a dictionary and Mickey is unaware of what it is "When I get home I'll look it up in the dictionary".

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

    had longed for a child for so long, she had to release the love she kept bottled up all those years. Whereas Mrs. J couldn't stop having children but even though she had so many, it didn't make her love smaller, it grew as they did, "I love the bones

  1. How does Willy Russell demonstrate class difference in Blood Brothers?

    Eddie is na�ve he has a sheltered life and is carefree, happy "bright and forthcoming." He is well educated and has a 'posh' accent, "super fun, actually" Also he knows what a dictionary is. Eddie talks to Mickey happily despite their differences and with confidence offers a sweet.

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

    The lighting, being very bright also exaggerated how big Mrs Lyons house actually was because like the set design of it, it helped create space. The bright even light made it look grand. The red light at the very beginning is very effective, because, as the play starts with the

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

    Lyons and Mrs. Johnstone. The viewers will temporarily feel sorry for Mrs. Lyons because she has a spacious home without children which makes us realize that she is feeling lonely. Furthermore, the audience will sympathize with Mrs. Johnstone too because she has so many children but cannot afford a decent house of her own.

  2. Who is to blame for the tragic deaths of the twins in Willy Russell's ...

    Johnstone to move away, with thousands. We notice here that when Mrs.Lyons becomes desperate, she is willing to give up thousands, just so her son would never find out who his real mother is. The last point affecting Mrs.Lyons case is that which we could consider as the most important,

  1. What techniques and devices does Willy Russell use in 'Blood Brothers'? How effective are ...

    Mrs Johnstone, also is a loving mother, who wants what is best for her children. She has been rather unfortunate, because she gets pregnant without trying. Eddie is the luckier of the 2twins, as he gets Mrs Lyons and has his life 'set up' for him.

  2. How does Willy Russell portray serious issues in an entertaining way?

    The frequent questioning shows that the policeman is patronising; he feels he has to ask constant questions to ensure that Mrs Johnstone understands him. He also only uses basic words. This serious issue of class however was made entertaining because they lived so near to each other, so the natural surroundings weren't different, it goes back to nature vs.

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