Blood Brother - Sample Essay
I am writing to apply for the job of director in the new production of Blood Brother. I feel I would be perfect for this position because I can make the play more exciting and attract the audience’s attention. I can also help the actresses on their weak points and attract them to the play as well. Blood Brother is set in London in the 1950s. The play is all about a mother of seven children, who has twins. The mother cannot cope, so therefore she gives one of them away to Mrs Lyons, a lady who the mother cleans for. The Blood Brothers first meet in a park at the age of eight and become Blood Brothers.
In the end Mickey and Eddie find out that they are real brothers, but end up dying for knowing when Mrs Lyons shoots them both. The upbringing of the two brothers is no way similar. Mickey was brought up in a council estate by his mother. But Edward was brought up in a wealthy house by Mrs Lyons, who he thought was his biological mother. Mickey speaks using slang, however Edward speaks in a rich wealthy accent. Both brothers have different backgrounds. Mickey was brought up by his biological mother and grew up on a council estate.
Mickey has had awful experiences in his young life, he has never been as wealthy as Edward. Mickey’s mother only had enough money to feed all her children. Mickey did not care about his education, but felt passionate about earning his work and pay and looking after Linda and himself. However, Edward was brought up by Mrs Lyons, who he thought was his biological mother and grew up in a wealthy house. Edward has had tremendous experiences in his young life. He was brought up with everything a person could wish for in life. Edward cared a lot about his education and went to University.
He did not care about work because he was wealthy and had a lot of money and inherited his father’s factory. When Mickey and Edward first meet at eight years old, Edward was friendly and talked in a posh accent. Mickey was also friendly but used strong language to express himself and spoke using slang. When they first meet they become Blood Brothers because they have the same date of birth. At the age of eighteen Mickey and Eddie go their separate ways. Mickey and Linda finally start dating and Edward goes to University.
Mickey hated his job, but when the factory he worked for went out of business he is angry and upset because he cannot find another job. When Edward comes back from University, Mickey is very angry with him and thinks Edward abandoned him. The audience would most sympathise with Mickey because of the way he is acting in the play. He is angry and surprised because he cannot believe Edward had helped him to get a house and a new job. Mickey felt ashamed of himself, because he believed he had worked hard for Linda and himself and earned his work.
Mickey also believed Edward had helped him because he is also in love with Linda. In act 5, scene 5 the whole stage would be in complete silence and a white light will shine on Mickey and Eddie to show tension. Mickey would be angry with his eye wide opened, while pointing the gun at Edward and finger pointing, trying to explain to Edward what he has done. Edward would be shaking with fear in his eyes while holding his hands up high into the air and looking down at the ground. Mickey would be screaming at Edward in a deep voice and Edward will have a squeaky voice and a frightened expression on his face to show fear.
When the mother bursts into the room the whole stage lights up with a white light. The mother would shout at Mickey telling him not to kill Edward while shaking her head in disbelief and in tears. The mother tells them the secret that she has kept for over twenty years, by looking down crying with her hand on her mouth and then turning her head to her right, revealing the secret in shame. When the brothers find out the truth, they look at the mother with a shocked expression. Then Mickey and Edward look at each other in a confused expression. Mickey then drops his gun onto the ground.
Edward would be more shocked because he has been driven away from him real family, to live with someone else for twenty years. Mrs Lyons then rushes into the room with anger and shoots Edward accidentally. She then looks at Edward in disbelief and then immediately shoots Mickey. The blood from both brothers splatters on the mothers face, as she falls on her knees, crying and screaming in agony. When the last gunshot is fired, the whole stage is silent and all you can hear is the bullet, shooting through Mickey’s chest and screaming in agony, as he falls chest first onto the ground with both his hands on his chest.
As the curtains fall there will be a violin playing tragedy music, as both mothers fall on their knees, crying as both brothers lay dead and the curtains slowly fall. When the audience leaves the theatre I would want them to be shocked and saddened because they did not know, both brothers were going to die in the end. What I think Willy Russell was trying to say in his play is that you should never give your children away because they are your flesh and blood, but if you do their will always be consequences.