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Blood brothers has been on the GCSE syllabus now for how many years? And that’s how I first got introduced into the play so I read it over and over and over and over again so I'd like to say I know it pretty well, and I didn't get all that bored of it.
The play begins with telling you the ending, believe it or not. It tells you that there were twins, one given away and one kept yet they both died on the same day. The narrator tries to tell us that Mrs Johnstone (the twins' mother) was cruel and heartless, yet we learn throughout the play that she is a sweet and caring mother that would never wish to hurt a fly.
The beginning of the play really sets the mood telling us about Mrs Johnstone and how she became pregnant so often, and it also sets the light-hearted mood for the play. We learn that Mrs Johnstone clearly has to bring her family up in a lower class way with little toys, food or clothes for the children. From here on in one of the themes class plays a major part in the play.
Another major theme in the play is superstition. This plays a big part right from the beginning as Mrs Johnstone first introduces it to Mrs Lyons. Mrs Johnstone soon enough has twins, but of course she can't afford them. She gives one to Mrs Lyons and from there on in life for Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons goes downhill.
Mrs Lyons gets heavily influenced by superstition thanks to Mrs Johnstone. As well as this she realises Eddie (her son that Mrs Johnstone gave her) is friends with Mickey (Eddie's twin brother) which is then influencing him to be more rebellious and even swearing! Thus, the Lyons family moves away. Low and behold, the families reunite somehow and Mickey and Eddie become 'Blood Brothers' again.
Without giving too much away, that is the main plot of the play. There are prominent themes such as superstition, class, humour, and dreams. It is a brilliant play to learn about many aspects of life and how people can be pre-judged because of class.
I really enjoyed reading the play, even after having studied it in great detail and reading it hundreds of times. Although a sad ending it is a brilliant play throughout and never a dull moment. There are lots of little stories in the play which always keep you interested. Even though it tells you the ending at the start, you still don't expect it and it is not at all predictable. I especially like the way Russell compares and contrasts the two classes whilst Eddie and Mickey are at school. It really brings humour into the play as you can see that Mickey just doesn’t have a clue and isn't ever going to get anywhere and you also see that Eddie is so different and has the brains but starts to throw it away due to Mickey's influence. What also tickles me is Linda's constant declaration of love towards Mickey which happens numerous of times as she is clearly obsessed, but how things change towards the end of the play...
In conclusion, I would recommend the play as it is a good read but I would also recommend going to see the play. It is funny and innovative.