Blood Brothers Theatre Evaluation Drama Gcse Student

1985 Words Nov 2nd, 2012 8 Pages
Blood Brothers Evaluation

Last week we went to the Phoenix Theatre in Leister Square to see Blood Brothers. When we walked into the theatre, I noticed that the proscenium arch stage was slanted which put everything on the stage in perspective. There was no live orchestra, and all the sound travelled easily throughout the room as it was quite a small theatre. Before the play, I had been told that the story was based in Liverpool and I had high expectations as it is one of the longest-running musicals in the West End. Behind the gauze, I could see the backdrop which was mostly grey and had houses and other buildings on it. It looked as if the scene was set in the heart of Liverpool. Due to the artwork on the programs, it was obvious that
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As well as lighting, sound was used very effectively to stage the story. For example “echoes” were created in the alleyways, to make us think that Eddie’s house was a long way away. These echoes were also used to symbolise Eddie’s loneliness. This could show that there is emptiness in Eddie’s heart that can only be filled by a close friend or a brother. There was a bold use of sound especially in scary, dramatic or important scenes. This added to the drama of the overall performance, it made the audience feel a variety of emotions. In the scene when Mrs. Lyons tries to murder Mrs. Johnston, the sound affects really emphasised how Mrs. Lyons was feeling and her sheer madness. The use of surround sound made me feel like I was in the scene and it made the whole performance much more realistic.

The use of props was used similarly to the set, to show the hierarchy of classes. In the poorer part of Liverpool the chairs used were plain and old, however in the richer part of town, the chairs used were smart and polished. During the financial depression, FOR SALE signs were hung from the ceiling, to show the hard times. All the signs seemed to be situated in the poorer part of town. The clothes line which appeared as one of the first props on stage, demonstrated to the audience how many children Mrs. Johnston had, due to all the baby grows hung up on the line. The