Expectations: 5/5 Reality: 3.5/5 Chronic Illness-Friendly: 3/5 Dear Evan Hansen has been my most-anticipated Broadway to West End transfer since the Hamilton hysteria struck the UK. Similarly to Hamilton, I’d …
Seeing Come From Away was without a doubt one of my theatre highlights of the year. Utterly incomparable to anything else I’ve seen, the story takes place following the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks, as the North American airspace is forced to close. The passengers aboard airplanes at the time of the incident find themselves emergency landing and then stranded in Gander: a small island off the East Coast of Canada, with no way of moving on or continuing their journeys until it’s once again deemed safe to fly.
Blood Brothers has always had a place in my heart. From playing various roles myself and critically analysing the production for my GCSE drama exam, to appreciating the show on a much deeper level as I’ve aged and matured as an audience member, I firmly believe that Willy Russell’s musical is one of the all-time greats. As a production, it is utterly incomparable to any other show I’ve seen.
The performance begins with a glimpse into the devastating final scene, two bodies being mournfully covered up and carried away by policemen, before the onlooking Narrator sombrely addresses the audience and takes us right back to the beginning of the story: the story of a mother, Mrs Johnstone, coerced into giving one of her twin sons away to Mrs Lyons, the childless housewife who employs her as a cleaner.