Blood Brothers: Family friendly comedy with some drama

THE outstanding comedy, Blood Brothers, a play written by renowned playwright, Willy Russell has at last come to the Sunshine Coast. It is directed by Catherine Steer, a highly qualified local Director. The musical, based on the play, has run for years in the UK and is shortly to open in Melbourne. BATS has a very talented cast to perform this particular production of the play.

Set in England commencing around the 1960's, the story tells of fraternal twins who were separated at birth. One brother was raised in poverty with his natural mother and the other was raised in a family of privilege. Even though the two boys are raised with different backgrounds, they end up becoming the best of friends until a misunderstanding leads to an unexpected result.

The play follow the trials and tribulations of the twins, Eddie and Mickey, as they grow into adulthood. Eddie has a hard and difficult life struggling with just living or even just keeping a job as an economic downturn and soaring unemployment affected the whole country and particularly the industrialised north.  Eddie, on the other hand, enjoys a privileged background with private schooling and a university education.

The play examines how class can divide two families and deeply affect their lives. The play also portrays a superstition that when twins are separated, if either learns that he was once a pair, both twins immediately die. Willy Russell portrays a series of events that fulfil that superstition.

Willy Russell was born and brought up near Liverpool, an only child of working-class parents with a troubled marriage. After leaving school with one O-Level in English, he initially became a ladies' hairdresser and ran his own salon. He then undertook a variety of jobs, wrote songs and ran a folk club and danced. He went to night school and then became a school teacher, but soon he was writing plays full-time. In addition to Blood Brothers, he also wrote Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine

This is a very innovative and artistic production by Catherine Steer, one of the Sunshine Coast's highly experienced and qualified directors.  Catherine runs the Queensland School of Performing Arts in Nambour, and non- naturalistic theatre is a favoured theatre style of hers. Blood Brothers is non-naturalistic in style and this adds to the charm and audience appeal of the production.

If you would like to see a great play with comedy mixed with tragedy and a good yarn performed by an excellent cast and very ably directed, then don't miss this BATS production of Blood Brothers.

Where:            Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Main & Church Streets, Buderim

When:              June 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7.30pm, Matinee June 19 & 25 at 2pm

Bookings:        Now open.  Book on line - or Bernadette 5445 2515

Adults $25, Concession $23, Members $21 - Group Bookings 8 + $22pp (must be prepaid)  -Seating - Book a table of 8 or just book and share a table. Bring a plate of nibbles to share. The Belfry Bar will be open for evening performances.

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