[GIFTED] Press tickets #gifted by Grand Opera House York in exchange for review. You can catch Blood Brothers at Grand Opera House York until Saturday 2nd November, before it continues on to other venues around the UK. If you enjoy this post, you may like my other chronic illness-friendly reviews too!
Chronic Illness-Friendly: 2/5
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.