MICKEY: 'Cos, if our Sammy gives y' a sweet he's usually weed on it first. EDWARD: (exploding in giggles) Oh, that sounds likesuper fun. Lyons uses to trap Mrs Johnstone into silence; that should Mickey and Eddie .. to have suffered from a lack of childhood, as even when we first meet him as a. Blood Brothers is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Willy Russell. The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie . This was the first time that Willy Russell had allowed the musical to be adapted. . Linda worries about Mickey and meets up with Eddie.
Friendly How is Mickey like this? He is happy to meet Edward and make friends with him, and accepts him as his best friend quickly. Analysis Mickey demonstrates his loyalty to his friend and sees their relationship as permanent. Friendship is clearly very important to Mickey as he views his new friend as an extension of his family.
Uneducated How is Mickey like this? Mickey is less educated that Edward. He swears and uses slang and does not know what a dictionary is. Do you know any more words like that? Yeh, I know loads of words like that. Analysis Whereas Edward knows about things like dictionaries, Mickey knows swear words and speaks with a strong Liverpudlian accent.
He is more streetwise than his new friend. Evidence I thought, I thought we always stuck together. I thought we were Analysis Mickey has to grow up quickly as a teenager.
He leaves school in order to get a job and then has to support his new wife Linda after she falls pregnant. He is only 18 when he loses his job, leaving him in a desperate situation. She realises that he has learned to swear from Mickey. Mickey is playing with some neighbourhood children including his friend Linda. Afterwards, he takes her to see Eddie, and the three of them sneak off to play, but are caught by a police officer when about to throw stones through a window.
Mrs Lyons becomes worried about Eddie's friendship with Mickey, as she has started to believe the superstition that she herself had made up. She decides to move and persuades her husband, who realizes she is becoming ill and the sees the effect the poorer children are having on his son.
When Eddie says goodbye, Mrs Johnstone gives him a locket with a picture of herself and Mickey, and the boys separate. Soon afterwards, the Johnstone family are rehoused from the condemned inner city slum area of Liverpool to a new council house in the nearby overspill town of Skelmersdale "Bright New Day".
Act Two[ edit ] Act two rejoins the twins when they are 14 years old in the mid s.
The Johnstone family are enjoying a better life now they have moved to a new home and a new area, and they have not seen Eddie in all this time. Mickey has a crush on Linda, who is obviously interested in him too, but Mickey does not know how to act with her. Both of them are suspended from school after insulting their teacher. Meanwhile, Eddie is suspended from his boarding school for refusing to give up his locket to a teacher, but he will not tell his mother about it, even after she sees the pictures of it "Secrets".
Mrs Lyons sees Mrs Johnstone near her house and her worries are renewed. Eddie and Mickey bump into each other in a field, but do not initially recognize each other. With each wanting to be like the other before finally realizing who the other is and become friends again "That Guy". Mrs Lyons confronts Mrs Johnstone and accuses her of following her family to stay close to Edward; Mrs Lyons then flies into a rage and tries to kill Mrs Johnstone, but is stopped and runs away.
Eddie leaves for university, but not before encouraging Mickey to ask Linda out. During Eddie's absence Linda becomes pregnant, she and Mickey are married and move in with Mrs Johnstone, Mickey is then made redundant from his factory job due to the recession in the early s, which forces him onto the dole shortly before Christmas "Miss Jones".
Eddie returns at Christmas ready to party and have fun, but Mickey realizes that they are now very different; after a small argument with Eddie, they part.
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Mickey is persuaded to assist his brother Sammy in a robbery, to earn money to support Linda and the baby. The robbery goes wrong, and he becomes an accessory to a murder committed by Sammy. He is sentenced to seven years in prison. In prison, Mickey is diagnosed as chronically depressed.
When released early for good behaviour, he is still dependent on anti-depressants. He becomes withdrawn and turns away from Linda "Marilyn Monroe 3".
Linda, unable to get Mickey off the anti-depressants, contacts Eddie, who is now a councillor, and he gets them their own house and Mickey a job "Light Romance". Linda worries about Mickey and meets up with Eddie. Mrs Lyons sees them together and tells Mickey about it, implying that the two are having an affair. Mickey, distraught over Eddie and Linda's 'affair,' grabs the gun that Sammy hid before he got arrested and then storms down to the council offices to confront Eddie "Madman".
There, Eddie is giving a speech when Mickey storms in with the gun. Mickey asks why Eddie would take away the one good thing that Mickey had — Linda. Eddie denies this intention, and the police enter, demanding that Mickey put the gun down.
Johnstone runs in and, in an attempt to stop Mickey from shooting Eddie, tells the two brothers the truth. Mickey despairs that he was not the one given away, because then he could have had the life given to Eddie. Mickey, distraught, gestures carelessly with the gun towards Eddie. The gun goes off killing Eddie, with the police then shooting and killing Mickey.
Mrs Lyons's superstitious prediction has come true, and the narrator questions whether class was more to blame than superstition "Tell Me It's Not True". Characters[ edit ] The Narrator, who throughout the play breaks the ' fourth wall ' to help the story progress and act as a moral compass. He also plays other characters at various points, including: