Blood Brothers (THE PLAY)
By Willy Russell
8 - 13 July, 2019
Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys who are separated at birth and brought up in completely different environments. Mickey is brought up with his seven older siblings by his struggling, single mother, Mrs Johnstone. His twin brother, Edward, however, is raised as the only child of the wealthy Lyons family, after Mrs Lyons persuades Mrs Johnstone to hand over one of her twins at birth. Mickey and Edward don’t meet until they’re seven years old, but immediately become best friends and blood brothers. The bond continues, despite them both being in love with Mickey’s neighbour Linda. As they get older, the huge difference in their backgrounds pulls them apart, with disastrous consequences.
So, did you ever hear the story of the Johnston twins...?
The tale of twins parted at birth has fascinated us from time immemorial.
Willy Russell’s take, set in the Liverpool of the late twentieth century has been a huge hit ever since he wrote it, at first for a school production, in a circle of chairs in a school hall, then developed it into the worldwide hit musical which regularly packs audiences in the West End and throughout the country.
The problem which faced us, working with this, the original school script (this is not the musical show, remember!), but with an audience - and a cast - who want the drama, the pathos and the comedy many of us know and love, was how to meet expectations? No “Tell Me It’s Not True”, a shorter script, no orchestra.
The solution you see before you tonight is an organic production, which, I am delighted to say, grew and changed over every night of rehearsal, and which owes everything to real team work. Starting with Robin Green’s open set, with Ben Pearson’s sensitive effects, and Alison McDermott’s lighting.
Then the hard work, the creativity and the sheer sense of fun brought to the show by a young, talented and immensely enthusiastic cast of ten over six weeks of rehearsals. A highly supportive backstage team, with a “can do” philosophy, (the props team would have a prop to hand almost before the idea had left the director’s lips!), and a talented and creative choreographer, a wardrobe person full of enthusiasm and imagination, all of whom bought into an overall concept with vigour and, above all, fun.
Blood Brothers is a Greek tragedy, of two families torn apart... told with a lot of comedy! Sit back and enjoy a jolly good story... and have your tissues at the ready.
We hope you enjoy the evening as much as we have enjoyed our rehearsals.