Archive | May, 2016
Tickets for Blood Brothers now on sale

Tickets for Blood Brothers now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for BATS Theatre Co Inc.’s production of

Blood Brothers

A family friendly comedy with a little drama

BATS is proud to present Blood Brothers, a play written by Willy Russell and directed by Catherine Steer.

If you have never heard the story of the Johnstone twins, where “one was kept and one given way”, then you must see this play. It tells the story of twins separated at birth because their working-class mother, Mrs Johnstone cannot afford to keep both of them. One twin, Mickey, was brought up in poverty in a working class environment with a caring, tolerant, natural mother with a superstitious mind and the other, Eddy, in wealthy circumstances by a selfish, neurotic, snobbish middle-class mother, Mrs Lyons.

Even though these mothers try to keep them apart, the twins end up being the best of friends not knowing of their relationship to each other until the end. The poor twin is friendly, uneducated and scruffy whilst the well-off twin is lonely but educated.

It is a great story following these two boys through their growth to manhood and observing the class differences in their up-bringing and attitudes that were prevalent from the 60’s to the 80’s. Society went through massive changes in this period. Each twin, and indeed all children, were influenced by the music, film and fantasy of this period. Don’t miss this one. It is a tale which you should hear and let unfold before you.

Willy Russell was born and brought up near Liverpool, an only child of working-class parents with a troubled marriage. After leaving school with one O-Level in English, he initially became a ladies’ hairdresser and ran his own salon. He then undertook a variety of jobs, wrote songs and ran a folk club and danced. He went to night school and then became a school teacher, but soon he was writing plays full-time. In addition to Blood Brothers, he also wrote Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine

This is a very innovative and artistic production by Catherine Steer, one of the Sunshine Coast’s highly experienced and qualified directors.  Catherine runs the Queensland School of Performing Arts in Nambour, and non-naturalistic theatre is a favoured theatre style of hers. Blood Brothers is non-naturalistic in style and this adds to the charm and audience appeal of the production.

If you would like to see a great play with comedy mixed with tragedy and a good yarn performed by an excellent cast and very ably directed, then don’t miss this BATS production of Blood Brothers.

Where:            Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Main & Church Streets, Buderim

When:             June 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7.30pm, Matinee June 19 at 2pm

Bookings:      Now open.  Book on line or call Bernadette 5445 2515

Adults $25, Concession $23, Members $21 – Group Bookings 10 + $22 (must be prepaid)

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.