Gritty tale of twins split at birth

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A DRAMATIC play that promises to be both entertaining and thought-provoking will be performed in Ponteland next week.

Blood Brothers tells the tale of twin brothers who are separated at birth when Eddie, played by Joe McLaughlin, is adopted by a well-off middle-class family.

The Ponteland Repertory Society production of Willy Russell’s story, set between the early 1960s and mid-1980s, sees Gavin Redhead play Mickey, who remains with his poor, working-class family.

Eddie’s ‘mother’ Mrs Lyons, played by Kathryn Hayes, is mentally unstable and she becomes more and more paranoid as the play progresses.

Heather Thompson plays Mrs Johnstone, the superstitious, downtrodden, but loving mother of a large unruly family. Although coerced by Mrs Lyons into giving away one of her babies, she never forgets Eddie.

Linda, played by Emma McEnaney, is a childhood friend of both Mickey and Eddie and both twins eventually fall in love with her. The Narrator, played by Brenda Rutter, is aware from the beginning about the outcome of the tale and she sets the scenes and comments on them from the sidelines as the story unfolds.

The play will be held between Wednesday and Saturday, April 28, starting at 7pm on each day. There will also be a matinee performance at 2pm on the Saturday.

Tickets, priced £8 for adults and £6 for under 16s, are on sale at Alan Newton Butchers, Merton Way.