Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

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Linda goes to Eddie who is on the counsel, and manages to get a
counsel house.

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She also gets him a new job.

He becomes unresponsive. Linda who loves him very much, ends up being
very unhappy which ultimately leads to her affair with Eddie.

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He takes dugs to help him deal with life.

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Another example is when Mrs Johnstone wants to take her other twin
back Mrs Lyons uses superstition to keep Eddie: Mrs Lyons, page 13,
“That if either twin learns that he was one of a pair they shall both
immediately die.

Unemployment

Mickey gets made redundant. Meaning he has to go on the dole.

Mrs Johnstone is very superstitious an example of this is: Mrs
Johnstone, page4

“ Oh god, Mrs Lyons, never put new shoes on a table…you never know
what’ll happen.”

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Mickey becomes depressed while in prison.

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Superstition

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Friendships

Mrs Johnstone is worried about having twins. Mrs Lyons is desert to
have baby so she bullies Mrs Johnstone into giving her one.

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Mrs Lyons is unable to have children.

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Infertility

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Mickey gets Linda Pregnant. He marries her.

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Sammy Bullies Mickey into helping with some sort of crime they get
caught and put in prison.

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Mrs Lyons bullies Mrs Johnstone into giving her a twin. She also
bullies Mr Lyons into moving.

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Bulling plays a major part in this play.

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Bulling

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Key Themes in

‘Blood Brothers’

Before Mickey shoots Eddie he asks his mother why couldn’t she of
given him away.

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Marriage

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Mr Lyons is a successful businessman. Mrs Lyons doesn’t have to work,
so she stays at home.

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Mrs Johnstone has seven children.

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Her husband has left her for another
women. Leaving her without any money.

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The Lyons are upper middle class. But the Johnston’s are working
class. This provides a contrast.

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Class

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Identify the themes in the play

In this essay I am going to identify key themes. I have chosen five
key themes in Blood Brothers. They are unemployment, friendships,
bullying, superstition and class.

When Eddie and Mickey first meet (pages 17-20) they show obvious
difference in class. Mickey is scruffy and is playing around in the
dirt. Eddie is posh, neat and well spoken, and is well dressed. Also
there is another way of identifying and separating their class and
that is by how they talk. For example:

Mickey: “ ‘cos if our Sammy gives y’ a sweet he’s usually weed on it”

Eddie: “Oh that sounds like super fun” page 17

Mrs Lyons uses superstition (pages13-14) as a way of stopping Mrs
Johnstone from taking Eddie back. For example “That if either twin
learns that he was one of a pair they shall both immediately die” Mrs
Lyons, page 13. This is of course just another way of bullying Mrs
Johnston into giving one of her twins away.

This leads up to the key theme bullying. Again Mrs Lyons bullies Mrs
Johnstone into giving her a twin. When Mrs Lyons decides that she
wants Eddie back Mrs Lyons uses a different tactic of bulling her.
Pages 13-14. “Your already being threaten by the welfare people” Mrs
Lyons to Mrs Johnstone page 13. This shows that not only is Mrs
Johnstone being bullied my Mrs Lyons she is also being bullied my
social service.

When Eddie and Mickey first meet up (pages 17-20), they are seven.
They are unaware that they are twins. They become friends, and upon
finding out that they are both born on the same day they become blood
brothers. It is Eddie who first asks if the can be friends “will you
be my best friend/” page 17.

The last key theme that I have chosen is unemployment. Pages 58-60.
Only Eddie goes to universit7y. Mickey has got Linda and their baby
support. However he loses his job in the factory. When Eddie comes
home from university he learns that Mickey has lost his factory job,
and that he can’t find another job. One example is:

Edward: What about the job you had?

Mickey It disappeared…

Page 59

Mickey is feeling very angry about his life and doesn’t want to talk
to Eddie they have a big argument. From this we and see that they have
two very different ideas about money work and life. This is another
example of class.

I find that all of the Key themes inter mix. Willy Russell has mixed
all of these themes so that no one theme is just one idea.

Explorative Strategies

During the course of our six drama workshops we used various
explorative strategies. They were: Frozen images, thought tracking and
chorus work. All of these techniques helped to enhance my
understanding and appreciation of the play text.

A frozen image is an image/picture of a particular moment in time. The
frozen image alone as to explain what is going on. We incorporated the
use of Frozen images in one oh the workshops. This when we had to
choose a theme from the play and created a frozen image that explains
what the theme was. This helped me to under the play because I had to
think like my character. I had to ask myself theses questions; “would
my character stand like that?” “what would his face expression be?”2
and most importantly “what was my character thinking?” I appreciate
the play more now because I understand what the characters were
thinking and doing.

Thought tracking/speech bubbles are usually used in relationship with
frozen images. It’s when all of the characters on stage use about a
sentence to explain what there character are thinking at the time. We
used this when we had to take four themes from the play and use a
frozen image and thought tracking/speech bubbles to explain what each
character was thinking. This helped my understanding and appreciation
of the play, because I had to think like my character. It helped me to
understand how each character was feeling at that moment in time.

Chorus work is when a collection off actors performs in unity. This
means that they do everything together. We used this with the
narrator’s speech. This helped me to understand the ambiguity of the
narrator’s speech. Because this exercise also involved textual
analysis, I could understand and interpret the speech.

Development

Development




Evaluation

The pair of actors that I am going to evaluate are Chloe Ladds and
Lizzie Mcdurmick. The scene in which they participated was from a play
called Blood Brothers. Blood Brothers is a play about twins who were
separated at birth. It is when the characters Mickey and Eddie meet
for the first time and become blood brothers.

I thought that Chloe’s costume for the role of Mickey was superb. She
was dressed in baggy jeans, odd socks and an overlarge, dirty and
paint stained t-shirt. Her use of facial expressions clearly conveyed
the age of Mickey. Chloe’s voice took on the characteristic squeak of
a young boy and her accent was suitably working class. Because
movement is essential in the role of a small boy, Chloe had to keep
moving and fidgeting to make the scene complete.

Lizzie’s Body langue was confident and believable. Because Eddie is
supposed to be wealthy, tidy and well mannered, and act a lot older
than seven, Lizzie used various techniques to convey her character
successfully. Such as facial expressions and accent.

As a pair of actors they worked well together, they only blocked each
other once. They delivered the scene with an even and punchy pace,
making it exiting and involving the audience. They created a
believable image of two young boys.

I found Lizzie’s costume bland and unimaginative. All she had done was
to add a blazer to her normal school uniform. Her facial expressions,
and voice were normal, and not that of a seven-year-old boy. As a pair
of actors their uses of movement was very much confined to a small
space. They only used a fraction of the whole stage available to them.
There were certain points in the scene when there seemed to be some
confusion between them. Chloe and Lizzie were restricted in their body
langue. It was more the body langue of a 15 year old than of a
seven-year-old boy

Improvements could have been made on Lizzie’s costume. Such as
different blazers or a different tie. I also think that there is need
for careful consideration of space and movement. The action could be
more dynamic and involved. Facial expressions could have been used to
a fuller extent. The body langue could also be improved.

Finally I thought that they worked well as a pair to create convincing
seven-year-old boys. Chloe in particular was first-class and obviously
putting an enormous about of work an effort into her character. I
found Lizzie in comparison with Chloe gave a poor performance and
could of done better. In an over all view I enjoyed the performance,
and I am quite sure that the rest of my class did too.
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