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Blood brothers review

Costume

The use of costumes in the play greatly emphasized the age difference
between the scenes. In the first scene Linda is portrayed as young and
so even though she acted like a boy the actress still dressed as a
girl, in bright frocks. In this the director tries to show she does
not really care what she looks like, this is taken further by the fact
she has dirt marks on her face, in an effort to get accepted by the
lads. In the second scene the actress is playing a teenager, she has
become more aware of her body and tries to flaunt it. She wears a
ridiculously small skirt in an attempt to catch Mickey’s attention,
who she is portrayed as lusting after. After this scene when Mickey
and Linda are married she wears sensible plain clothes. She does not
wear the bright colours she wore in her childhood or the cool colours
of her teenage life. She wears dull colours; I feel the director does
this to show that after marriage she has to put aside her dreams

The contrast in clothing between Mickey and Edward is another way the
difference in class is shown. Mickey as a child wears hand me downs
from his older brothers whereas Edward dresses smartly, this carries
on throughout the play. Edward is always shown dressed more smartly
then Mickey. This emphasizes the class difference because it follows
the stereotypical view that the rich are always dressed smartly and
the poorer people in society such as Mickey’s family are dressed in
little better than rags, which is al they are supposedly meant to be
able to afford. However, even though Mrs Lyons is richer she is shown
as dressed less fashionably then Mrs Johnstone who is portrayed as the
poorer of the two.

It is my belief that the issue of class is influenced by Willy
Russell’s own childhood. In his childhood, as he was working class he
never had as many opportunities for success as the upper class. I
think he tries to show this in the play through the characters Mickey
and Edward, one belonging to a working class family and the other to
an upper class family.

Voice

The voice’s of the characters change quite significantly during the
course of the play. In the beginning the children have quite high
voices but through the play the boys’ voices become deeper showing
progression through puberty and maturity. As kids you can tell from
there voices that they are always happy were as, as the kids get older
and start facing the problems of life they show there sadness in there
voice. Edward’s family, as they were shown as posh, spoke in the
queens English with a posh accent whereas Mickey’s family talked
mostly in slang with a strong liverpudlian accent.

Music

The music mostly followed the mood of the main characters. If they
were happy it was upbeat but when they were sad the music was slow. An
example of this is in the end when Mickey and Edward die. The music
accompanying Mrs Jhonstone’s song is quite slow as if it is mimicking
her mood and reflecting the pain she is feeling from loosing her kids.

Acting

I feel the acting was done quite well. When playing the kids the
actors showed Mickey and the others full of life. They were constantly
moving and never still showing the energy all children posses. However
as the children grew older the actors showed them moving with a
purpose and with less energy. After coming back from prison Mickey is
show with a sense of tiredness around him. I feel the director does
this to emphasize the point that going to prison took everything out
of Mickey and he is now forever depressed.

Technique

One aspect of the play I liked was the good use of crosscutting,
having the scene in which Mickey and Edward are lying dead on the
floor, in the beginning immediately raises the questions: Who are
they? Why are they dead? Who are the people around them? Etc. I feel
this captivates the audience, draws them in and creates a sense of
mystery about the play because the audience wants to know what leads
to that scene taking place.

Light

In the beginning the stage is flooded with darkness and then when the
red spotlight hits the bodies of Edward and Mickey it draws the
attention of the audience.

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