The note sheet is designed to be copied on to a3 the page references are for the methuen student edition the essay plan supports the sheet and helps them to consider the wjec recommended approach of an introduction and conclusion, alongside the other 5. 1 the storyteller the narrator's first role is to outline the plot of the play this is first demonstrated in the prologue, where the narrator tells the audience of the brief history and demise of the two principal characters, before the story has even started. The narrator’s role in ‘blood brothers’ is quite unusual the convention of the narrator in most plays is such that they are usually brought on to introduce the next part of the play and then move offstage and the play continues.
The narrator's role in 'blood brothers' is quite unusual the convention of the narrator in most plays is such that they are usually brought on to. The role of the narrator in blood brothers he tells the story he acts as the prologue he summarises the plot creates dramatic irony he plays many parts: the milkman, gynaecologist, bus conductor, etc this makes sense economically as it is easier for the theatre company however, he does reflect society he plays all these different jobs, creating a society.
The narrator fills that gap in blood brothers he is a commentator and also a conscience, eg when the narrator sings ‘shoes upon the table’ this is directed at mrs j and emphasises that the secret cannot be kept forever he shows mrs johnstone’s feelings of disgust: ‘you’re always gonna know what was done. He reveals that the brothers die at the very start of the play and from then on constantly reminds the audience of the twins’ fate he presents the themes of fate, destiny and superstition throughout the play, but at the end he asks the audience to consider if it was social forces rather than 'fate' that caused the tragedy. The narrator also involves the audience by asking them directly to judge what they see he helps to make sure that the audience stay a little ‘detached’ from the events of the play he also helps them remember that this is a ‘story.
The narrator character timeline in blood brothers the timeline below shows where the character the narrator appears in blood brothers the colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. We witness two brothers experiancing two very different upbringing eddie seemed to have suffered from a lack of chilhood-he is very adult in his ways and is polite and contained(not himself) mrs lyons has been overprotective-eddie has not been allowed to interact with other children in messy, noisy childhood games.
What is the importance of the narrator in blood brothers he shouted directing his speech at mickey and eddie that brought misery to both mrs johnstone and mrs lyons he rarely brings positive news and the majority of all his small roles play a negative part. Role of the narrator on stage he appears in a dark suit- this gives him a neutral status, as we cannot identify anything about his character it gives him a sense of anonymity throughout the fact that other charachters ignore him gives him a ghost like quality he is omniscient-all knowing his job is to tell the story.
The storyteller the narrator's first role is to outline the plot of the play this is first demonstrated in the prologue, where the narrator tells the audience of the brief history and demise of the two principal characters, before the story has even started. In blood brothers the narrator is a ubiquitous and enigmatic character whose function is to act as a dramatic device to continue the story, foreshadow events and allow the audience to see a projection of the consciousness of some of the characters, particularly mrs johnstone and mrs lyons.