My first performance in drama was about adoption in china. As there is a law in china since the 1970’s that only one pair of parents can have only one child, our story consists of a teenage girl having twins so she needs to give one up for adoption and there is a English woman who is willing to adopt there second child. But there are complications, as the mother of the twins will not admit to who the father is. In play Blood brothers there is a woman who is allowed to have more than one child as she lives in England but she has too many children and cant afford any more and she is pregnant with twins. Both stories are along the same line both have love and conflict involved with a tragic end.
The love in both storeys in shown in different ways for example, friendship love and blood bothers and love for your child in my performance.
My piece was set in the 1980’s. The majority of the scenes were located in china so the political tension was very sensitive towards this issue forcing bigger impact in the play also giving it a more realistic out look as it deals with real views and problems in society. The fact that a law was placed in the country choosing for you how many children you have are striped of your independent family rights and the government is ruling your life. Also blackmail you can have great free medical care and education but if choose to have more than one you are stripped of these privileges.
Blood brothers in set in England during the 1960’s there was also political tension as this was the era of the youth revelation and it was seen as many things going wrong in society. Therefore, in play, there is pressure of living a normal life and Mrs Johnston has too many children and she didn’t have enough money. These also aspects in society and views that were faced at the time by adding these issues the play seems real at points in the play. In the play Mrs Johnston finds it hard to afford milk for her children and to afford things for her children and she owes dept to everyone, in the 1960’s there was no social care help for mothers, so she had no help from the government they didn’t have family plans such as child benefit.
Apart form all the issues included in the blood brothers is did seem realistic apart form some parts when characters broke in to song, in real life this day and age in society, people do not brake in to song. The laws in china were harsh but in our play we made them seem as though the weren’t that bad. We made it seem that it gave chances to other such as people who couldn’t have children could now adopt or choose to have segregate mother who carries the child although, they didn’t have IVF treatment so they couldn’t be blood related but still the adopting parents would know the child since birth enforcing and more dramatic ending.
The style of the my piece was improvised and we included monologs.