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.

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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 / Chorus / Kid 2

Martyn Lilley

Policewoman / Kid 3 & 4 / Chorus

Hannah Daniels

Policeman / Doctor / Milkman / Husband / Chorus

Keith Popely

Crew

Production Manager

Paul Robbins

Director

Jo Travers-Brown

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