Blood Brothers exam notes

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GENRE
Mostly naturalistic play with parts stylised - narrator, freeze frames
SOCIETY
Both lower(Johnstones) and upper(Lyons) class
Lyons so poor that mother gives away a child to the family she works for
HISTORICAL PERIOD
Set in 1980's
Approximately 30 years
CULTURE
Class system, differences - quality of life...experiences of the twins
THEMES
Class - effect of being rich or poor
Superstition - twins parted and will die if they find out
Marilyn Monroe??
EMOTIONAL ASPECTS
Killing of the twins
Goes back to first scene, emphasises tragic outcome
Children playing pretend (shooting), foreshadowing??
Romance between twins and Linda
Mrs Lyons going mad
LANGUAGE
Scripted naturalistic mostly
Narrator speaks in verse which rhymes
STYLE
Mainly naturalistic
Episodic, stages of life - freeze frames
Musical
SET COMMUNICATION OF PERIOD
Flats to show area
Background - fair, city, countryside
Council houses, Liverpudlian accent
Lights and sounds, birds in countryside
SET DESIGN
Easily moved - Lyons lounge, Johnstone kitchen
Narrator and other characters bring on pieces of set whilst still in character (Mrs. J
putting a rug out as the cleaner)
Contrast -Lyons house/Johnstone's house, countryside/city
COSTUMES

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Naturalistic
Poorer and richer (Mickey's hand-me-down jumper with holes, eddies without
To portray ages - Linda - tomboy (pigtails), flirty schoolgirl (loose, down),
mother/wife(low ponytail)
Eddie - university and private school
Narrator dressed for a funeral
LIGHTING
Colours - red for when Mrs.…read more

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FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
Mickey cold, stony faced at the end...…read more

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Bill Kenwright
Designed by > Andy Walmsley
Musical Supervisor > Rod Edwards
Lighting Design > Mark Howett
Sound Design > Ben Harrison
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE??
WHY HAS IT BEEN DONE??
HOW EFFECTIVELY HAS IT BEEN DONE??
Animated calm proud chaotic feeble
Humble tragic dominating central peripheral
Minor comic heartless majestic impressive
Focused spirited beautiful spiteful ambivalent
Amoral deep Multi-layered monstrous moral
Amoral-don't care whether what they do is right or wrong
Spiteful-does cruel things to hurt someone they dislike
Ambivalent - uncertain whether they…read more

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