Blood Brothers - Theatre Review

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Blood Brothers – Theatre Review

‘Blood Brothers’ is the story of twin brothers separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. Mrs. Johnstone can only afford to keep Mickey, as she already has 7 children. She is unemployed and part of the lower class. The other twin, Eddie, is given away to wealthy Mrs. Lyons and the twins grow up as friends in ignorance of the fact that they are in fact brothers. The play is being performed in the Phoenix Theatre in Leicester Square, and is one of the longest running musicals in the west end, lasting for a total of 25 years so far. There are many different themes and hidden messages in the show, which is why it was a good production to use for our GCSE exams. I am therefore going to write a theatre review to discuss the way the play was performed in the west end, in order for me to perform an accurate version myself.

There is much controversy about the themes of this play. One of the most obvious ones is superstition. There is always a permanent influence of this throughout the play. For example, the song ‘Shoes upon the table’ is all about superstition. This is sung a few times throughout the play, making this one of the key themes in the play. Another key theme is fate. Eddie and Mickey meet almost as if they are meant to, and instantly take a liking to one another. When they lose contact, they meet again, proving they are supposed to be as a pair. The lyrics in ‘you know the devil's got your number’ are also repeated throughout the song, saying that no matter what, fate is going to happen wherever the characters are living or whatever they are doing. Finally, social class is the third key theme in this play. All the time we are being reminded, either by speech, accents or clothing, of how different these characters are to each other. There is a permanent contrast. Once again, the lyrics to ‘my child’ reflect the difference between social classes, saying that if he lives with Mrs. Johnstone he will be unemployed and have broken toys, but if he lives with Mrs. Lyons he’ll have his own bike and nice clothes to wear.

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Most of the characters in this play are a main character. There are very few others. These include people like the milkman, the teacher and the repo men. The main characters are very stereotypical to their class. . For example, because Mickey is part of the lower class, we assume that he is dirty and scruffy, but we also stereotype Mr. Lyons as being very neat and clean because he is of the upper middle class. Mickey is the son that Mrs. Johnstone kept. He is quite scruffy and attends a public school. Eddie is the twin that Mrs. ...

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