HS Play- Blood Brothers- The Musical


Blood Brothers PosterTickets are now on sale for Blood Brothers, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell. The show runs for three nights from the 9th to the 11th of October and starts each night at 6pm. Tickets cost 150PHP for students and 300PHP for adults.

History of the Play

There are only three musicals in London that have thus far achieved the distinction of being performed more than the 10,000 times: Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Blood Brothers. Willy Russell wrote the first version of Blood Brothers as school play in 1982 and then developed into it a musical the next year. Since then it has been a staple of the West End and ran for 23 years before taking a break this year to complete a yearlong tour of other theatres throughout the UK. It has also been a popular and often prescribed play in British Drama Curriculum since its creation.

Plot Summary

Set in Northern England, the play opens in the 1950’s and then follows the next 30 years in the life of Mrs. Johnstone, a woman who falls on hard times and gives up one of her twin sons to an illegal adoption. The twins, Mickey and Edward, are kept separated by their respective mothers yet find each other again by chance when they are seven. Their friendship is instantaneous and they decide they should be blood brothers yet never find out they are actual biological brothers until a girl, Linda, and “some would say superstition” comes between them. Although the play is a commentary on the changing economic and political climate of England throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century, most audiences view it as a personal tale of love, family, friendship and power of superstition.

Audience Notes

If you are considering bringing younger, non-high school students, please take the following into consideration:

  • Some of the themes dealt with in the play require a mature response and there are also a few mild curse words used for context’s sake.
  • There are scenes where fake guns and knives are used alongside coresponding sound effects as well as some depictions of violence. If you are considering bringing younger, non-high school students, please take this into consideration.
  • The show runs for approximately 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

If you have friends and/ or family from outside of the ISM community who you wish to invite please pass their names and any vehicle details to security before October 9th.

For further questions, please email me, Marsha Hillman, on HillmanM@ismanila.org