The rarely performed play version of Willy Russell’s hit musical Blood Brothers is being staged by Poulton Drama at Blackpool Grand Theatre from June 14 to 16.
Blood Brothers is the story of twin brothers who are separated at birth. Their different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum – one unemployed and to prison, the other becomes a councillor – but tragedy strikes when they both fall in love with the same girl.
In the play, the tale of class difference, the privileges or disadvantages of upbringing and the comedy and the tragedy are even more poignant and hard hitting than in the later musical.
Written in 1981 by Willy Russell for the Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company it was this play that inspired the smash hit musical – now well known around the world.
Willy Russell’s wrote his first play, Keep Your Eyes Down Low, in 1971 but his first success came with a play about The Beatles – John, Paul, George, Ringo and... Bert – which transferred to the West End in 1974.
Since then he has written more than 15 plays, musicals and TV series, as well as adapting his plays Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita for the cinema. His first novel, The Wrong Boy, was published in 2000.
Poulton Drama is a long established local theatre group which specialises in cutting edge drama and has won many awards and accolades, most recently for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
As Blood Brothers: The Musical is still touring and playing in London’s West End, Poulton Drama has been given special permission to perform the original play version. Colin Johnson, producer of Blood Brothers and chairman of Poulton Drama said: “We are excited and honoured to be performing at the Grand Theatre in what will be a very special production. The Grand has made is viable for local amateur groups to perform on ‘the big stage’ and make their work available to new audiences. Poulton Drama has seized this opportunity.”
Neil Thomson, CEO of the Grand Theatre said: “We are delighted that Poulton Drama took up the opportunity to perform here. We envisage having a drama festival at the theatre each year and this production is to be a pilot for the future. Other groups were approached and will be again next year. I wish Poulton Drama the very best in this joint venture, with an amateur company producing a different genre from the established musicals.”
All tickets are £10. Concessions available.