Blood Brothers

  • Title: Blood Brothers
  • Author: Willy Russell
  • ISBN: 9780413767707
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blood Brothers A Liverpudlian West Side Story twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in
    A Liverpudlian West Side Story twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood bath Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub thumping than with weaving a close kA Liverpudlian West Side Story twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood bath Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub thumping than with weaving a close knit story about the working of fate and destiny it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment GuardianOne of the longest running and most successful ever West End musicals, Blood Brothers premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983.

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    About Willy Russell


    1. William Russell is a British dramatist, lyricist, and composer His best known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, and Blood Brothers.Willy Russell was born in Whiston, on the outskirts of Liverpool, where he grew up His parents worked in a book publisher s and often encouraged him to read After leaving school with one O level in English, he first became a ladies hairdresser and ran his own salon Russell then undertook a variety of jobs, also the first play he wrote was Keep Your Eyes Down Low 1975 His first success was a play about The Beatles called John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert Originally commissioned for the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool was transferring to the West End in 1974 Educating Rita 1980 concerned a female hairdresser and her Open University teacher The semi autobiographical Educating Rita was turned into a 1983 film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters The musical Blood Brothers 1983 , for which Russell also composed the music, first opened in Liverpool and transferred to London s Phoenix Theatre It won the best actress award at the Lawrence Olivier awards Bill Kenwright produced a revival in 1988 which has run for than twenty years the show was produced on Broadway in 1993 Shirley Valentine, which first opened in Liverpool in 1986 before a new production opened in London in 1988 starring Pauline Collins It was also made into a successful film, in 1989, again with Collins in the title role Russell received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.Russell has also written television projects, including the one off drama, Our Day Out, which aired in 1977 He penned another television drama, One Summer, which aired as a five part series on Channel 4 in 1983, starring a young David Morrissey.In 2000, Russell published his first novel, The Wrong Boy In epistolary form, main character Raymond Marks, a 19 year old from Manchester, tells the story of his life in letters to his hero Morrissey.Russell has written songs since the early 1960s, and has written the music to most of his plays and musicals He also co wrote The Show , the theme song to the 1985 ITV drama series Connie, which became a top 30 hit for vocalist Rebecca Storm His first album, Hoovering the Moon, was released in 2003 The Willy Russell Centre for Children and Adults Who Stammer, was opened by Russell in Liverpool, 1996 The centre took Russell s name as his writing in many of his plays puts forward the philosophy that anyone is capable of change whatever obstacles may be in their path, a theory shared by the centre.


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    1. I have no words for how this made me feel. It was beautiful, amazing, and heartbreaking.

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    2. (Start and finish dates not accurate, but the year of read is accurate)

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    3. I read this for school and actually really enjoyed it. It was a play but still SO! SO! good!

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    4. Love this! Studied it for GCSE and really enjoyed it! So many themes and well developed characters as well as great songs

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    5. I don't really read a lot of plays/musicals and if I do read them, they aren't usually in this genre. But during my GCSEs, this was one of the plays selected for me to study for my exams- so basically I was forced to read this. However, I was surprised that I did enjoy this a little.The things I most enjoyed about this was the little pieces of comedy, and how there was this whole superstition thing that tied the plot together.I really liked both of the brothers, but for me Linda was not my cup o [...]

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    6. This is one of my favourite plays of all time and far surpasses some "classic plays I have read. This play is raw and intricate because it touches upon issues that are relevant in today's society, and may always be relevant in today's society, contrary to Marxist belief. This play explores whether there is inherently much difference between the classes, or if we have just been conditioned to think there is.So the synopsis is a bit cheesy, two brothers who were separated at birth, to only meet ea [...]

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    7. This play. Lord, it was amazing! This is genuinely an amazing play to both read and watch, about a mother who has had to give up one of her twin son's because she cannot afford to keep him, only to find that the woman she sold him to, has banned her from seeing him. The years pass and both twins reconnect despite their mothers wishes and life for the boys become even more confusing when there is a girl involved. Seriously, this play gives you all the feels and I am so immensely glad that I picke [...]

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    8. Tragedy is a theme written from the very start of this Liverpudlian play. Russell's tragic work of fiction about two brother's torn apart from each other from birth both supplements the reader and audience with a heavy dose of sadness, comedy and superstition set in the slum environments of 60's-80's Liverpudlian England. What happens to the two Johnstone twins? I dearly recommend you to read this relatively short play and then watch the performance. I must add that the theater production was fa [...]

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    9. I read this play for school and it is probably the first play/musical I have ever read and it was interesting. I think the book was a bit drained due to the fact that it was school and so we have to analyse it and re-analyse it until I no longer see it as the story it is but just a bit of text. Other than that it was an enjoyable read but I am not ecstatic about it. It is interesting to then see it performed as a the musical it is afterwards and to see how it differs to how you play it in your h [...]

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    10. I really really enjoyed this book. The first time I read this it was during my GCSE's. I loved it as much then as I still do now.I think it is really upsetting that as a mother she wasn't able to keep both her children because she simply couldn't afford too. I don't think that I would ever find myself strong enough to give one of my children up even if it was to go into a life of luxury. I found this to be quite fast paced which I loved. I'm really glad that I chose to reread this book. It is su [...]

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    11. I was in a bit of a dilemma here - there are clear faults in the text as a piece of (musical) drama and I might be jaundiced by having now seen in performed three timest, yetevery time I teach this to a class they seem to be really engaged by it. So I salute you, Blood Brothers as a GCSE text! Thank you to W.R!

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    12. I have read this as it is a GCSE text. Very easy and quick to read but as it is a play I would now like to see it performed as I think I'd benefit from it more.

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    13. I love this book!

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    14. Fantabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my all time favorite plays and theatre performances. We did it in 2008. Sad day when the show ended. Such good music.

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    15. (3.5/5)A bit bleak to my taste, but really interesting in the way it's written. Will have to see the musical for myself!

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    16. I saw a much shortened version of this play as a student-directed, thirty minute piece in college, and have chased it around periodically ever since. I'd found the Original London Cast Album on Spotify and finally located the script through Samuel French. (Obviously I wasn't looking that hardI'm sure it's available in numerous other places.) It's amazing. It's as powerful a tragedy as I've seen written in musical form. While it's music is perhaps not as beautiful as Jekyl & Hyde, it's just a [...]

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    17. Willy Russel commented himself on the episodic structure of Act 2 compared to Act 1 which, for me, combined with the choice of language in the final scene made for a less powerful ending. In the student edition of Blood Brothers the editor includes the final scene from the initial in-school version that Russel wrote. The key difference between the final scene in the text and in its intial form is that Mikey elaborates on his discontent and on his helplessness to change his circumstances. Overall [...]

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    18. The Blood Brothers is a book which shows the imapct of life based on your gender , social status , class and mannerism. The book dipslays 4 socially 'approved' stereotypes in contarts tot the Author's intentions of displaying the fact that to suceed in life you need to put the ffort and work reasoanbly well.This book is primarily put into the perspective of two brothers sperated at birth by money. The twins who are not permiited to know eachother or even akcnwoledge eachothers presence , stongly [...]

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    19. I remember watching this in the West End while still at school. So powerful an experience it stayed with me ever since, but to actually read/study the text after all these years brings back/highlights just how skilful a playwright Russell is - and what a play "Blood Brothers" itself is for audiences and actors alike.

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    20. The tale of two brothers separated at birth, their fates intrinsically linked. Brotherhood, social hierarchy and the volatile affect of raw emotions come into play in this harrowing story.Tragically beautiful and beautifully tragic, a must read (Or watch) for anyone who enjoys a story that cuts through to your very core and stays with you.

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    21. This is a heartbreaking tale, full of character, crafted around a simple, but profound, tragedy that jumps on you, despite knowing that it will happen. An excellently structured tragedy, staged wonderfully (as far as I can tell from the stage directions).

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    22. this is an exceptional book with an exceptional story line in which I loved every bit of. There is a great mix of humor and sadness and the songs are just amazing. I would with no doubt recommend this book to anyone

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    23. Yhyh, I know the story like the back of the building I live in, the back of the building that I stare out of smoking daily. Story. Story. Story story story. 3.Story

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    24. Such a lovely novel that opened my eyes. Well written about such a strong topic, really hooks the reader. Just an extremely enjoyable read.

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    25. I had to read this for drama, I have also watched it and it is one of the best musicals I have ever seen on stage. Cried then. Cried now

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    26. It's a good play and I can see why people like it but I'm not a fan. Parts of the play really annoy me. I do think that it would be better on stage though.

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    27. Read to help Shaw with his homework, was good though (the play, not the homework).

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    28. Had to read it for school, don't regret it. It was beautiful. I almost cried!

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    29. My students are loving this play, and so am I. I've found so many of the GCSE works to be depressing, and while there's no happy ending to be found, the way the story unravels is fun and funny, while still giving my kids plenty to dig into.

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    30. This is a wonderful play but you really ought to do yourself a favour and see it live, rather than just reading it. It's spectacular on the west end.

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