Reviewed by Kathryn Harrison
Last night my mum and I visited The Lowry theatre in Salford, Manchester to watch Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. I first watched this iconic play around 20 years ago so I was eager to see if it was as good as I remembered. First performed in 1982, Blood Brothers tells the timeless tale of twins separated at birth.
Set in Liverpool in the 1960s, Mrs Johnstone, played by Linzi Hateley, is a pregnant, single mother who discovers she is carrying not one but two babies. Worried about how she will afford to raise two babies as well as her many other children, Mrs Johnstone confides in her employer, the wealthy Mrs Lyons. A plan is soon hatched for Mrs Lyons to take one of the babies and raise him as her own. The play follows these two boys as they grow into adulthood and despite all obstacles and differences their lives become intertwined.
Every single cast member in this performance was superb. Alexander Patmore as Mickey and Joel Benedict as Eddie portrayed the relationship between the two brothers brilliantly and Danielle Corlass as Linda was absolutely amazing. The characters that started as children were played by the same adult actors throughout the play, this is something that is not easy to do well but all the actors, including Daniel Taylor as Sammy, made you believe in their characters at each stage of the play.
It’s no surprise this play has stood up to the test of time and is still going strong, it is a fascinating tale about brotherhood, class, secrets, lies and love. From the moment the play begins you are gripped, Robbie Scotcher as the narrator draws you into this story and from that moment on you are hooked. The first act sets the story with lots of comedy mixed in with the drama then we enter the second act and the air is electric with the emotion and the inevitable sense of sadness to come.
This is a phenomenal, powerful performance that everybody should see, it definitely lived up to my memories.
Tickets cost from £24.50 (booking fees may apply).
Blood Brothers at The Lowry in Manchester from 9-13 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000