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Brilliant Blood Brothers
Member Name: milly234
I went to see this with my boyfriend a few weeks ago in London at the Pheonix Theatre near Tottenham Court Road station. It was really good and we both really enjoyed it. We had never really ead the play or anything before but a friend had studied it at school and I remember her raving about it so we went to have a look.
We bought our tickets on the day from a half price booth on Leicester Square. We paid £21.50 each for Grand Circle seats but when we got there it wasn't very full and we were upgraded to the front row of the dress circle instead. These seats were really good and definitely a bargain for £21.50. We didn't buy a programme but these were £3 and we took some of our own drinks which they seemed to have no problem with although there was a bar and places to buy snacks and drinks inside the theatre.
The play was really good. I had no idea what to expect but it was brilliant. There was a lot of musical numbers and although the cast seemed quite small, it really worked. Lots of the songs sort of recurred which tied in the whole thing really well.
The story centred around a single mother who worked hard to keep her family above water in a poor estate in Liverpool and her children sort of got up to no good. When she already had 7 children she was found pregnant with twins and the lady she was a cleaner for persuaded her to give one to her once they were born as she was unable to conceive and her husband was away so would believe the miracle.
It was said that splitting twins up is a bad idea and when they meet and realise they will both die. They do meet, Mickey (the poor one) and Edward (the rich one) and they actually become best friends, blood brothers. Their parents are always trying to spilt them up and Edwards family moves away but they keep finding each other.
The story is really sad, there is a lot of depression and recession and Mikey marries his childhood sweetheart Linda but goes to jail for helping his brother when he loses his job and needs money and his brother offers him £50 for being a lookout while he kills someone. In jail he gets addicted to medication which tears him and Linda apart.
Edward meanwhile is very rich and posh and goes to university and comes back a bit changed and even posher. Linda turns to him for help, such as with a house (Edward is on the council) and then Mickey gets jealous and blames Edward for loads of things, and then in the end, their Mother tells that they are twins, and they both die. I don't know really who kills who but I think that Mickey kills Edward and then the police kill Mickey. It just shows that it was true, when they found out they were twins, they both died.
The actors were all really good and my favourite bits were when they were acting as children as they were really good and funny and they really got into it so that shows how good the actors and casting people are. The sinister shadow/narrator man was also really good and I liked the way all the props moved about, it was just really clever and seamless. I totally recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't sure about musicals because it was really really good!
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