Blood Brothers September 2007
Set in Liverpool in the 1950’s, Blood Brothers tells the story of a mother’s anguish when, due to the economic climate, she is forced to give one of her twin babies up for adoption.
The play follows the boys’ upbringing over the first 30 years of their lives. Edward joins an upper class family where his every need is tended, Mickey remains part of a large working class family and times are hard. Blood Brothers focusses on the difference and conflicts between their upbringings, their relationships with each other and, in turn, their real and adopted mothers.
The Narrator tells the story and is cynical and captivating to provide a contrast. The cast are energetic and creative with good strong characters, pushing their skills to the limit as they perform a multitude of characters through three decades! This is a full-length play with simple set, scenery and properties, but it gets its real charm from the intricate sound and lighting plots and lavish costumes which span the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
This play has been a great experience for the cast, stretching abilities and creativity to the limits and has certainly proved a positive challenge for myself as Director.
Blood Brothers touches all of the senses – it will make you laugh, it will make you cry … it will leave you speechless.
Mrs Johnstone – Penny Oliver
Mrs Lyons – Maxine Evans
Mickey – Adam Hillier
Eddie – Mark Jones
Narrator – Ian Francis
Linda / Chorus – Lucy Knight
Policewoman / Chorus / Kid 1 – Julie Allwright
Policeman / Doctor / Milkman / Husband / Chorus – Keith Popely
Policeman / Chorus / Kid 2 – Martyn Lilley
Policewoman / Kid 3 & 4 / Chorus – Hannah Daniels
Director – Jo Travers-Brown
Production Manager – Paul Robbins
Stage Manager – Jonathan Shadlock
Stage Crew & Set Construction – Nick Shadlock, David Winfield, Fred Soneya, Dan Cooper, Natalie Rozanski
Lighting Designer / Operator – Chris Glenton
Sound Design – Jo Travers-Brown, Scott Andrews
Sound Editor / Operator – Scott Andrews
Properties – Lauren Bachman, Lynda Collins
Wardrobe Mistress – Lauren Bachman
Wardrobe Assistant – Maxine Evans
Accent Coach – Simon Ockenden
Front Of House Manager (Buckden) – Ian Jackson
Front Of House Manager (Priory Centre) – Don McKay
Front Of House – Helpers Members of St Neots Players & VAMPS
Publicity & Marketing – Ian Francis, Christine Suggars, Members of the Players
Signage Design & Creation – Karen & Ian Jackson
Poster/Banner/Programme Cover Design – Ian Francis
Programme Design, Editing & Printing – Christine Suggars
Box Office – Ian Francis, Buckden Village Hall, St Neots Priory Centre