Use of space, levels and proxemics for blood brothers
For example. When Mrs. Lyons (Vivienne Carlyle) didn’t want Mrs. Johnston (Marti Webb) near the baby. Carlyle was positioned stage right in relation with Mari Webb who was staged left. Carlyle moved back away from Webb to show that she didn’t want her near the child and in doing that, she clutched the child close to her.
Carlyle effectively used the idea that she didn’t want Webb.
Webb Carlyle Audience
Another example is when Mickey (Sean Jones) and Eddie (Simon Wilmot) become friends and Mrs. J ( Webb) finds out! Mickey is send inside and I noticed that Webb used very close proxemics when talking to Simon. This showed the Love of a mother to her son that she had given away and hadn’t seen for a long time although Simon is not aware at this point!
I also felt the use of levels was used effectively by the Narrator (Keith Burns) as he linked the actors with the characters. For Example, when he was at the top of the background, looking down at the actors, it seemed as if he was in control. Especially because he was the one who tells what happens in the story.
And I though use of spacing was also good as they used the background which blocked the depth of behind the sheets and the actual size of the stage. For Example. When the Scene was taking place at Mrs. Lyons house, they brought background forward which made the stage look very smaller.
Another example is when they Split the stage in to two scenes. It was cross cut from one area to the other. As shown in the diagram.