By Willy Russell. NUCMS (Normanhurst Uniting Church Musical Society, NSW). Co-Directors: Francis Voon and David Russell. Musical Director: Jeff Fisher. May 4 – 19, 2012.
There’s an aura of Greek Tragedy about Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers and its tale of twin brothers, Mickey and Edward, split at birth, raised in respective poverty and wealth, becoming best friends (unaware of their connection), before dying as a consequence of a tragic love triangle.
With basic resources and facilities, NUCMS presents a clear, creditable interpretation with a strong narrative sense, making a virtue of enforced simplicity. It’s a small show, well-matched to its presentation and venue.