Blood Brothers (play version)

October 2016

Directed by Sue Watsham and Marilyn Cobb. An amateur production of Blood Brothers (Play Version) by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Blood Brothers tells of twin brothers and what happens when their mother decides to have one of them adopted. Their contrasting upbringing and the hand fate deals them is fast-moving, perceptive and ultimately tragic. 

The production took place at Blackfriars Theatre from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October.

Cast

Mickey - Matt Barnes
Eddie - Sam Simpson
Mrs Johnston - Sheila Millington
Mrs Lyons - Kathryn Kibby
Linda - Megan Davis
Narrator - Jon Molson
Milkman/Doctor - Carl Reece
Policewoman - Lucy Taylor
Kids and Chorus - Jasmine Skinner, Joanne Pearson, Barbara Chambers
 
Review
 

Having recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Blackfriars Theatre, here was yet another cause for celebration; the presentation of the popular play “Blood Brothers,” written by Willy Russell.     This amateur production was delivered by Boston Playgoers Society which has been based at Blackfriars since 1966 and regularly stage quality shows at this venue. The play depicts the experiences of twin brothers who are separated soon after they are born and are brought up on opposite sides of the social divide. Mickey (Matt Barnes) remains with his mother Mrs Johnston (Sheila Millington), an impoverished woman worn down by the struggle to provide care and exercise control over her already sizeable family. Eddie (Sam Simpson) is given to Mrs Lyons (Kathryn Kibby), a childless woman who has an affluent life style and desperate to have a family of her own. We follow the intertwining’s of the lives of Mickie, Eddie and their friend, Linda (Megan Davies) as they pass through childhood, their teenage years and young adulthood, during which many differences in the boys lifestyles are highlighted. Eventually these differences become so pronounced they lead to a flashpoint which results in a tragic ending. This was an excellent portrayal of the metamorphoses of children into adults. There were impressive performances by all the principals who were well assisted by those in supporting roles. Uncomplicated sets, simple costumes and an effective lighting plan all contributed to this quality presentation of a powerful drama skilfully delivered to the capacity audience. The sustained applause delivered at the conclusion of the production was indeed justly deserved. Well done all who were involved!      

Peter Breach, NODA