Blood Brothers Review Essay

Eddie and Mickey in Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell Essays

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With particular references to two main characters, show how the way they change and develop during the course of the play demonstrates
Russell's attitudes to power and opportunity in society - Blood Brothers.

With particular references to two main characters, show how the way they change and develop during the course of the play demonstrates
Russell's attitudes to power and opportunity in society

"Blood Brothers" is set in Liverpool in the early eighties. The play follows the life of two main characters: Eddie Lyons and Mickey
Johnston. and has proved extremely popular with audiences of all ages.
Willy Russell is very successful in sustaining the audiences attention and involving them with his characters due to the…show more content…

For example when Mickey says:

"If Sammy gives you a sweet he's usually weed on it first"

To which Eddie replies

"oh, that sound like super fun"

Humour, in its various forms, plays a large part in "Blood Brothers".
It keeps the audience interested and balances out the conflict and sadness in the play. Throughout the play we experience different types of humour such as quotes being taken out of context, by Eddie at the end of Act 2 Scene 6 when the policewoman asks:

"And what are you doing?"

Eddie replies "Adolph Hitler"

The policewoman then asks "Whats your name son?"

Eddie "Waiting for the ninety two bus"

This is very amusing for the audience which realises that Eddie is copying the language of Mickey and Linda in completely the wrong context. We experience incongruity when Edward and his mother argue and Eddie says:

"You are a fuckoff!"

He has picked up this bad language from his new friends and it sounds totally out of place with his surroundings, which is what makes the audience laugh, as it is completely unexpected. However, "Blood
Brothers" is not a straightforward comedy. There are elements of sadness, happiness, frustration and pain in the play. We experience conflict which balances the humour. There are examples of physical, verbal, overt and covert conflict throughout the play. The most notable example of physical conflict is when Mickey shoots Eddie. The audience is reminded

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You should have drafted the content of your review in note form before writing in earnest. You must also make sure that you’ve structured your work so that it makes sense. For example, discuss lighting in one paragraph; don’t spread comments about it throughout the work.

It’s important that you write a good introduction to your review. This is how you set the scene for the reader and it determines if your work is worth reading in its entirety or not! So you need to provide details about the production, its genre, its main actors and any interesting background information.

Avoid telling the story as part of your review. You’re evaluating how well it worked, not explaining it. However, for your work to make sense you need to put your evaluation into context. This means a brief explanation of the basis of the story and its themes, the main ideas or issues explored. Read this example of an introduction to a theatre review:

In this opening paragraph the reader has already learnt:

  • who wrote the play
  • the genre, eg musical, tragedy, farce
  • if the musical is of a high standard with the use of adjectives to enhance description like ‘powerful’, ‘sharp’
  • the key themes of the piece such as ‘nature versus nurture’
  • how the themes were reflected in the music and script.

Remember that once you’ve mentioned a production professional’s name, such as playwright, actor or director you can then use their surname only.

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