Music Theatre

Blood Brothers: Sneak Peek

Willy Russell’s poetry-laden musical drama Blood Brothers opens tonight at Melbourne’s boutique theatre venue Chapel off Chapel. Manilla Street Productions has gathered a talented cast of singer actors to portray the gritty, ill-fated characters. Melbourne director Chris Parker has helmed the staging, with musical direction from Andrew Patterson and choreography from Stephen Agisialou.

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Chelsea Plumley stars as plucky battler Mrs Johnstone, mother of an ever-growing brood of children.

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Mrs Johnstone works for the wealthy Mrs Lyons (Glenda Linscott), a woman unable to have children of her own. The two women strike a fateful deal.

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Mrs Johnstone allows the desperate Mrs Lyons to bring up one of her new twin boys.

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Mrs Johnstone soon finds herself jobless as thanks for her troubles.

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Mickey Johnstone (Gareth Keegan) and Eddie Lyons (Matthew Bradford) become fast friends, and soon pledge themselves as blood brothers.

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The boys add local girl Linda (Lisa-Marie Parker)to their group of friends.

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The local children are easily amused.

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Finally some good news for the Johnstones – they are being re-housed to the country.

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The years go by, and fashions change. Mrs Johnstone finds herself much more relaxed at the new home.

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Older brother Sammy (Glaston Toft) is never out of trouble for long.

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Eddie attends grammar school…

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…while the Johnstone kids attend public school (with a surprisingly similar-looking teacher (Simon Wilton))

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Mickey dates, and later marries, Linda, while she and Eddie maintain a flicker of attraction as well.

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Mickey falls on hard times as Britain’s fortunes are altered.

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Mrs Lyon spills the beans about Linda and Eddie…

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…leading to the heavily foreshadowed final confrontation.

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Blood Brothers also features Peter Hardy as Mr Lyons, and ensemble members Josh Ellwood, Martin Lane and Hilary Watts.

Blood Brothers plays 20 March – 6 April 2014 at Chapel off Chapel, Prahran.

Photos: Simon Parris

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Finally a couple of fun shots to ease the dramatic tension.

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Blood Brothers, Chapel off Chapel 2014

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