Sunday, 30 March 2014

Blood Brothers - Northampton Derngate

Another trip to Theatre, this time the Derngate for Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers'. For almost 30 years now the musical has been playing to audiences in the West End and Broadway and has gained itself the title of 'The Standing Ovation Musical'. There is a lot of humour in the performance particularly in the first half where the seperated twins 'Micky' and 'Eddie' are growing up on different sides of the tracks. Maybe one of the reasons for its enduring popularity is it is still as valid today as when first written. It is a social statement about poverty, the class system and the welfare state. Throughout the acting and singing was excellent and the audience completely believed in the characters with a lot of warmth. A big mention should go to Tracy Spencer who really shone in the role of the multi child producing 'Mrs Johnstone'. The saga develops into a powerful and tragic ending which I had unfortunately been pre-warned about. Nevertheless it was an excellent production and i'm glad I finally got to see it at last.

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