Lyn Paul reprises her role of Mrs Johnstone in perhaps one of her most incredible performances yet as Blood Brothers returns to Birmingham Hippodrome.
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I’ve been fortunate to see many shows over the years, some hit harder than others, and the story of the Johnstone twins is up there with most emotional ones I’ve laid eyes on.
This was my third time seeing Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, and with each visit, it simply never fails to pull on every single emotion.
It’s a brilliantly clever production that’s the perfect balance of musical meets play, to tell the most heart-breaking story of twins Eddie and Mickey, who are separated at birth.
There’s no shying away from the fact that Blood Brothers is a challenging watch. Whilst Mickey, (Alexander Pamtmore) is kept by his mother on a council estate in Liverpool, his twin, Eddie (Andy Owens), is raised in a home of luxury, complete with a boarding school education and a place at university.
Through their story, you witness two completely different lifestyles that really do separate the rich from the poor. Yet in some ways, it’s beautiful, as it shows that money can’t buy true friendship, it’s something that comes from the heart.
The tale of the Johnstone twins will break your heart, but it’ll also leave you crying with laughter as you watch the most joyful and challenging friendship unfold between the brothers, who have no idea that their mother made the painful decision to separate them at birth.
Lyn Paul makes a triumphant return to her role as Mrs Johnstone. Still carrying a love for the show that I saw in here since day one, she’s synonymous with Blood Brothers, and it’s always an utter joy to see her on stage.
One of the most skilful elements that makes Blood Brothers such a success is the role of the Narrator, played by Robbie Scotcher. While the leading cast is utterly brilliant, the addition of the Narrator is that cherry on top of building the tension at just the right moments, and Scotcher really did bring that extra emotion to the stage with impeccable timing.
A special mention must be given to Andy Owens, who gave a fantastic performance in his understudy role of Eddie Lyons. His performance was notable on many occasions, but he reached new heights on his incredible delivery of I’m Not Saying a Word.
Whether this is your first or fifth time seeing Blood Brothers, this tour for me has been the best yet. Heart-warming, heart-breaking and utterly unmissable, it’s an impeccable piece of theatre that should be seen.
Blood Brothers runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday, November 13. Click here to book your tickets now.