By Willy Russell
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th November 2013
Borderline Theatre Company are relishing the opportunity to present their forthcoming production of Willy Russell’s ever popular Blood brothers at the Muni, Colne. This is the story of twin brothers Mickey and Eddie who are separated at birth but who’s lives inevitably cross leading inexorably to a tragic finale. Borderline are performing the original play not the musical version which proved such a hit in the West End.
It is a play full of humour and passion which touches on themes such as class, fate, destiny, surrogacy, superstition and tragedy. Willy Russell is recognised as one of the country’s leading contemporary playwrights and throughout his career he has shown that despite the demands of the market place it is still possible to marry together social commentary and subtle characterisation to create stories with immense universal appeal. His ground breaking Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine were both plays which achieved a delicate balance of gritty social satire and deeply felt emotion and Blood Brothers is no exception.
Director James Bateman has assembled a talented cast with a variety of backgrounds. Alan Hargreaves, who plays the narrator, and Lynne Cummings, the policewoman, are well known local actors who have played many roles in Borderline productions. However the other cast members are all new to Borderline. The twin brothers Mickey and Eddie are played by Jordan Dalzell and Matt Bourn. Jordan recently performed in An Inspector Calls for the Garrick and both he and Matt have appeared in all the productions of the new local theatre company “Holden 2 Ur Hats.” The roles of the two mothers Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Lyons are played by Ann Pollard and Elizabeth Powell who are both members of the Saint James Players. Ann has also recently completed a degree course in Theatre and Performance and Elizabeth has appeared in recent Hippodrome musicals The Full Monty and Singing in the Rain.
The role of Linda is played by Annaka Lee who is a member of the Horton Players in Preston and David Hargreaves, playing the milkman and other roles, has recently retired after 36 years service in the army during which time he appeared in many drama productions right around the world. The cast are now in the final stages of rehearsals and are thrilled to be involved in such a wonderful play. Director James Bateman says “ Its great to be directing a play I have always loved. Blood Brothers has all the elements I look for in a good drama. Wonderful, believable characters, a terrific plot which keeps the audience hooked right to the end, lots of pathos and humour and of course bags of emotion, passion and a heart stopping finale. It’s a play that appeals to young and old and I’m sure will provide a memorable theatrical experience. Don’t miss it!”