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Blood Brothers Coursework

‘Mickey! Don’t shoot Eddie. He’s your brother’

The final scene of Blood Brothers by Willy Russell is one of dramatic impact and culmination, representing the intense tension which has developed previously throughout the play attributable to several climatic aspects, this is emphasised by the quote from the closing scene directing to ultimately the most significant instance of the entire play. In this essay I will discuss, as a director, how I would assemble this imperative last scene. To do so I will have to consider characterisation, the mood, themes, dramatic techniques and my intentions on how the audience should react, devising an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences. =- or play should be presented through precise instructions to those they manage. They must direct and organise the participants, through leadership and authority in order to produce an expressive piece. A director should also have the ability to create the effect needed for that particular aspect of the play. Plays of the same production differ, as the application of the director’s influences and preferences alter the performance and distribute a realistic presentation portrayed in a variety of techniques. Furthermore good directors use lighting and scenery with an outstanding effect in a manner which prompts the audience’s response. To allow a successful performance directors must incorporate an explicate application of music, sound effects, lighting, scenery and acting delivering an array of dramatic devices.  The director commences a responsibility to generate the precise variety of emotion for a particular moment which is essential to produce a successful play, demonstrating the correct audience participation, fulfilling the intended audience reaction.

There are many factors which Willy Russell introduces within the play. An evident element of tension surrounds the superstition that is delivered by Mrs. Lyons to entrap Mrs. Johnstone into silence, declaring that should Mickey and Eddie discover their brotherhood, they will die. Throughout the play we witness the contrast between Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Johnstone. At the beginning of the play the Narrator describes Mrs. Johnstone as ‘the mother, so cruel’; however the audience identifies her as an approachable mother who is understanding. For instance she allows Mickey and Eddie to go the cinema to observe the ‘Swedish Au Paris’ film, the audience is aware that Mrs. Lyon would not be as liberal, tolerating their sexual curiosity, implementing a high moral appreciation. Mrs. Johnstone has a better acceptance of the boy’s inquisitiveness and does not suppress their curiosity, receiving instant credibility with her two sons.  She is reluctant to agree to the negotiation regarding the bargaining of her second son with her childless employer. Mrs. Johnstone is hesitant but is defeated by Mrs. Lyons persistency. The audience empathises with Mrs. Johnstone’s dilemma as she demonstrates a continuous patience and ever-present tenderness with her children despite pressure from her social position and deficiency of finances.  In contrast Mrs. Lyons first appears to be desperate for a child however once her and Mrs. Johnstone commit to the agreement she is over-protective of Eddie and fears his contact with the Johnstones. Later in the play as Eddie’s relationship with the Johnstones strengthens Mrs. Lyons develops an obsession and becomes irrational concerned over Eddie’s intimacy with the Johnstones, she is fearful. This is evident when she attacks Mrs. Johnstone with a kitchen knife in order to terminate her hold over Eddie.

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The superstition imposed within the play by Mrs. Lyons that should either Mickey or Eddie determine that they are twins they will both die. She constantly implements this speculation to avoid her beloved son ascertaining the truth regarding his relationship with Mickey, as Mrs. Johnstone begins to repent her actions and remove her insecurities. The theme of superstition deeply affects the pace of the play.

Willy Russell’s intensions were to discuss class division through uses language, imagery and music. He distributes class division which was apparent in Liverpool at the current time. The Social division is exposed ...

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