Evaluation Of Blood Brothers, By Willy Russell

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Evaluation of Blood Brothers

On 3rd March I went to the Phoenix Theatre in West End to watch a
production of one of Willy Russell's greatest plays, Blood Brothers.

“Blood Brothers” is set in Liverpool in the early eighties. The play
follows the life of two main characters: Eddie Lyons and Mickey Johnstone,
who are twins split at birth. In Blood Brothers the characters fall into
two stereotypical groups: the working class and the upper-middle class.
The reason the play focuses on the difference in class is that the play
was written in the reign of Margaret Thatcher who told the people of Great
Britain to look after themselves, and that there is no such thing as a
society. Willy Russell was against this way of thinking and wrote plays
opposing it. Mrs. Johnstone is a typical working class woman who lives on
her own and spends more money than she earns.

Mrs. Lyons is a typical upper-middle class woman, married and doesn't
want her possessions being contaminated by the filth of the world, the
working class. Mickey, the twin that was kept by Mrs. Johnstone, is an
archetypical lower class boy, dirty ripped clothes and a mouth like a
sewer. Edward however is a stereotypical upper-middle class boy,
smart, clean uniform that uses correct English grammar. These are the
four main characters, although there is one more character that plays
a significant role in the musical, the narrator. The job of the
narrator in this play is to set the scene and bring aspects of
superstition into the play. He does this through his songs and his
dialogue. It seems slightly ironic that although the Johnstone family
is very poor they start off cheerfully, compared to the Lyons who are
rich and never seem happy. This makes the audience want to know what
is wrong in the lives of both families and this creates dramatic
tension. This play uses many different dramatic techniques. The first
dramatic technique that we come across in this play is that we know
the end of the play before the story starts. This starts the play off
in a mood of tragedy. This adds dramatic irony to the play because you
can't forget the opening scene. It also helps with the drama within
the play. The main characters, Eddie and Mickey are people that we can
relate to, we feel sad with them as they face the ups and downs of
life. Russell uses sorrow to involve the audience so they feel pity
for example: when Mickey loses his job, fear at the end of the play
when the shooting scene takes place, and joy when Eddie and Mickey
share jokes.

Freeze frames are another dramatic technique used in Blood Brothers.
Freeze frames are important in this play because they give a moment
of fear and tension within the musical. They use the freeze frames at
the tenses moments in the play so that you have time to think about what
will happen next. An example of this would be at the beginning of the
play when you see the two boys in their coffins and people...

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