English Literature / Drama GCSE: Themes: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Key themes present in Blood Brothers by Willy Russell are explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences, narration and talking head-style interviews with some of the key characters.

The main themes of the play are social inequality, nature versus nurture and fate, luck and destiny.

The characters remain in role in the interview-style sequences, commenting on the events of the play and explaining their views on the events and their role in what has taken place.

The narrator examines these themes as some key moments are played out.

The action sequences illustrate the themes by moving between significant moments and drawing out some of the key quotations that relate to each of the themes being explored.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

Students could use this clip as part of their study of the play or as part of their revision work.

The ideas in the film could be used as part of initial work on an exploration of the themes, using the quotations and ideas as stimulus for their own presentation on one of the themes explored.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature and Drama GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It also appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CCEA.

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