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REVIEW: Blood Brothers at Wycombe Swan

Sally Gray

REVIEW: Blood Brothers at Windsor Theatre Royal

Oh Mickey you’re so fine! Blood Brothers at Wycombe Swan

If you can, between now and Saturday (February 23), you must go and see Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Wycombe Swan.

I went last night with my teenage daughter and niece and we emerged from the theatre on a high after giving the cast a well-deserved standing ovation.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

I had seen this show before, about 20 years ago, and new that I had enjoyed it but couldn’t remember why and now I know. The story is gritty and fraught with emotional energy. It starts with Mrs Johnstone (played brilliantly by Linzi Hateley) who is forced with the threat of social services into a nightmarish decision to give one of her twin sons away to a wealthy woman unable to have children of her own. Nobody would find out. It would turn out for the best. But it doesn’t.

Undoubtedly, the stand out performance was from Sean Jones as Mickey (one of the twins) who transitions from an eight-year-old boy to a depressed ex-con addicted to prescription drugs brilliantly.

I won’t say what happens in the end but it’s not pretty. It is however, thought provoking and dramatic, sad and thoroughly enjoyable.

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