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.

Cast

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

 

Crew

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

 


 

Blood Brothers Programme