Blood Brothers by Willy Russell: Act One

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell: Act One

Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk Aims - To prepare for the extract section of GCSE Literature mock exam - To become familiar with plot, theme and character, structure, language - To consider effectiveness of opening Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk The play opens on a council chamber, two dead bodies are lying on stretchers surrounded by police and onlookers. As the narrator explains the story, the onlookers slowly start to exit, leaving only the narrator

and a grieving woman on stage (Overture). What is gained by showing us the ending at the start? Tell me its not true Act 1 Synopsis- First Part So did yhear the story of the Johnstone twins? - The narrator speaks as though telling an old story. What is effect of this? - Why does he use rhyme? - Why does the

questioning here? narrator use Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk NARRATOR (speaking): So did yhear the story of the Johnstone twins? As like each other as two new pins, Of one womb born, on the self same day, How one was kept and one given away? An did you never hear how the Johnstones died, Never knowing that they shared one name, Till the day they died, when a mother cried My own dear sons lie slain.

MRS JOHNSTONE: An did y never hear of the mother, so cruel. Theres a stone in place of her heart? Then bring her on and come judge for yourselves How she came to play this part. Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk Marilyn Monroe Why is this told as a song? Consider what we learn about characters, setting, themes Look at the language used- humour, use of dancing as a metaphor, and Marilyn Monroe as an icon. Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk

Mrs Johnstone gets a job cleaning the house of a rich woman, Mrs Lyons. Mrs Johnstone learns that she is in fact expecting twins; she is extremely worried that the welfare

will take some of her children away as she cannot afford to look after Mrs Johnstone reluctantly Mrs Lyons learns of this them all. agrees as Mrs Lyons says and as she is unable to she will be able to see the have children of her own, child every day at work. persuades Mrs Johnstone to give her one of the twins (My Child). Mrs Johnstone gives birth to two boys, She comes home from the Michael and hospital to find men taking away ordered items she Edward.

couldn't pay for, and sings of how everything slips away from her, even one of her babies (Easy Terms). Mrs Lyons' husband is away on business for nine months. Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk What is the root cause of Mrs Johnstones problems? Copyright 2009 englishteaching.co.uk

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