Blood Brothers (musical) - Wikipedia
Mrs Lyons discovers that Eddie is mixing with Mickey. After we watched Blood Brothers, we acted out certain scenes from the script and attempted to use. There have been two different versions of the play scripts that have been written by In the scene with Russell Eddie and Mickey meeting for the first time. Blood Brothers is a very popular play written by author and playwright Willy Russell. Blood Brothers 2 actors. EDWARD: Hello. EDWARD, also aged 'seven ' appears. He is bright and forthcoming. MICKEY (suspiciously): Hello. EDWARD: I've.
At the same time the armed police shoot and kill Mickey. I think the main issue surrounding Blood Brothers is the class hierarchy we have in Britain. Given that the play was written in the economically depressed, socially divided Great Britain ofthe suggested answer is unsurprising. Create dramatic tension Essay Another theme that runs throughout the play is that of Marilyn Monroe.
She is used as a metaphor for the story. The life of Marilyn Monroe and the twins corresponds closely. In the first act all is well, and any mention of Marilyn Monroe is joyful. But then as Mickey gets put away in prison he becomes addicted to pills, which as we know killed Marilyn Monroe. Then finally in the end Mickey shoots Eddy, which might be seen as suicide as people say twins are so closely connected, they are the same person. Moreover Marilyn Monroe committed suicide.
I thought the performance of Blood Brother was good, I thought the story line was first-class and I liked the use of a strong character narrating, but I felt that the ending song especially was out of place.
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The scenery was especially good; it was simple yet effective and they used all the space well e. All the characters were strong but especially the twins. They managed to carry of the roles of young children, then teenagers and finally adults extremely well to the point where it was believable. I think the use of a narrator that was not part of the storyline, but a strong character was very effective.
I think that Willy Russell may have used the narrator as a different perspective of the play for the audience. He also summed up each event in a subconscious way; by singing it so we got told again what happened, so it was easier to follow.
I think, maybe that the narrator was perhaps meant to be the Devil, as many lines that the narrator sang e. Also when he appears on the roofs and in the window of the scenery he is alone, and looking down on the cast, in a way, which suggests he is above them, and perhaps, even not of human kind. Blood Brothers used some costume change to represent each character, which worked well as you were able to distinguish between each actor. Mickey is playing with some neighbourhood children including his friend Linda.
Afterwards, he takes her to see Eddie, and the three of them sneak off to play, but are caught by a police officer when about to throw stones through a window. Mrs Lyons becomes worried about Eddie's friendship with Mickey, as she has started to believe the superstition that she herself had made up. She decides to move and persuades her husband, who realizes she is becoming ill and the sees the effect the poorer children are having on his son.
When Eddie says goodbye, Mrs Johnstone gives him a locket with a picture of herself and Mickey, and the boys separate. Soon afterwards, the Johnstone family are rehoused from the condemned inner city slum area of Liverpool to a new council house in the nearby overspill town of Skelmersdale "Bright New Day". Act Two[ edit ] Act two rejoins the twins when they are 14 years old in the mid s.
The Johnstone family are enjoying a better life now they have moved to a new home and a new area, and they have not seen Eddie in all this time. Mickey has a crush on Linda, who is obviously interested in him too, but Mickey does not know how to act with her. Both of them are suspended from school after insulting their teacher. Meanwhile, Eddie is suspended from his boarding school for refusing to give up his locket to a teacher, but he will not tell his mother about it, even after she sees the pictures of it "Secrets".
Mrs Lyons sees Mrs Johnstone near her house and her worries are renewed. Eddie and Mickey bump into each other in a field, but do not initially recognize each other.
With each wanting to be like the other before finally realizing who the other is and become friends again "That Guy". Mrs Lyons confronts Mrs Johnstone and accuses her of following her family to stay close to Edward; Mrs Lyons then flies into a rage and tries to kill Mrs Johnstone, but is stopped and runs away.
Eddie leaves for university, but not before encouraging Mickey to ask Linda out. During Eddie's absence Linda becomes pregnant, she and Mickey are married and move in with Mrs Johnstone, Mickey is then made redundant from his factory job due to the recession in the early s, which forces him onto the dole shortly before Christmas "Miss Jones". Eddie returns at Christmas ready to party and have fun, but Mickey realizes that they are now very different; after a small argument with Eddie, they part.
Mickey is persuaded to assist his brother Sammy in a robbery, to earn money to support Linda and the baby. The robbery goes wrong, and he becomes an accessory to a murder committed by Sammy.
He is sentenced to seven years in prison. In prison, Mickey is diagnosed as chronically depressed. When released early for good behaviour, he is still dependent on anti-depressants. He becomes withdrawn and turns away from Linda "Marilyn Monroe 3". Linda, unable to get Mickey off the anti-depressants, contacts Eddie, who is now a councillor, and he gets them their own house and Mickey a job "Light Romance".
Linda worries about Mickey and meets up with Eddie. Mrs Lyons sees them together and tells Mickey about it, implying that the two are having an affair. Mickey, distraught over Eddie and Linda's 'affair,' grabs the gun that Sammy hid before he got arrested and then storms down to the council offices to confront Eddie "Madman". There, Eddie is giving a speech when Mickey storms in with the gun.Blood Brothers Mickey, Linda, Eddie, Mrs Lyons
Mickey asks why Eddie would take away the one good thing that Mickey had — Linda. Eddie denies this intention, and the police enter, demanding that Mickey put the gun down. Johnstone runs in and, in an attempt to stop Mickey from shooting Eddie, tells the two brothers the truth.
Mickey despairs that he was not the one given away, because then he could have had the life given to Eddie. Mickey, distraught, gestures carelessly with the gun towards Eddie.
The gun goes off killing Eddie, with the police then shooting and killing Mickey. Mrs Lyons's superstitious prediction has come true, and the narrator questions whether class was more to blame than superstition "Tell Me It's Not True". Characters[ edit ] The Narrator, who throughout the play breaks the ' fourth wall ' to help the story progress and act as a moral compass. He also plays other characters at various points, including: Mrs Johnstone, the Lyons' cleaner who single-handedly supports her seven later eight children.