Blood Brothers- A Review

As an avid musical theatre fan I have both watched and performed in many musicals. Last month, I watched ‘Blood Brothers’ in the Manchester Palace Theatre and it’s hard to explain just how incredible it was. My dream role of all time is to play Mrs Johnson. In this particular performance Maureen Nolan gave a hard-hitting portray. This is the third time I have seen her in this role and each time she has managed to maintain a high level of excellence. Her performance of ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ never fails to bring a tear to my eye and I know for a fact that I am never the only one. She gives a powerful performance, portraying a strong mother who will not let anything come before the welfare of her children- despite her never-ending struggles of being a single mother in the council houses of Liverpool during the 1960s.

Marti Pellow plays the haunting role of the narrator, and I can’t help feel that he was not quite right for the role. He gave a good performance of the Narrator as an actor, but personally I do not feel that he had strong enough vocals in order to really belt out ‘Shoes Upon The Table’. I feel that in order to be able to give an even better portrayal, a stronger voice is definitely needed. However, he still managed to give to fill the stage with the strong presence.

The stand out performance, no competition, has to be Sean Jones’ outstanding performance as Mickey Johnson. If there’s one thing that I like about brothers, it’s the fact that the seven year old Mickey is played by a grown man, who plays him right until the last moment. Sean Jones’ recitation of ‘I Wish I Was Our Sammy’ is my personal highlight of the play- as it takes so much skill to be able to give such a convincing performance of a child as a grown man. Simply amazing. Not only does he manage the character of young Mickey, but also manages to give an emotional performance of a troubled Mickey addicted to anti-depressants. You cannot argue that an actor who possesses that amount of versatility is simply outstanding and one of the best in their field.

Joel Benedict took on the role of Eddie Lyons and for a first professional role I honestly take my hat off to him, as he truly performed amazingly as the comical role of Eddie. He manages to show Eddie to be completely different in every single way, but both actors have an amazing bond and chemistry- it really appears that the two have characters have a strong connection which has travelled through leaps and bounds. I know from his performance that Benedict has bright future and will definitely become a successful performer.

At first I found it a bit hard to warm to Danielle Corlass as Linda at first. Nothing to do with her performing which was outstanding, simply because I’ve always been used to Linda being played by a brunette! However, Corlass did manage to win me round. In particular, her scene with Mickey towards the end of the play where she refuses him his anti-depressants is extremely outstanding. The emotion that goes into that scene is indescribable. She shows Linda in many lights- mischievous, promiscuous and vulnerable and lonely. I have a lot of sympathy for Linda, as she is stuck in a troubled family life from a young age.

Graham Martin is an extremely under-appreciated character because he does not play a major role, but I think he is a terrific actor who deserves far more praise than he receives.

All in all, the cast delivered an indescribable performance. I strongly suggest that everybody watches the play at least once in their life.

Mental Health Poll




I’m currently writing an article on how mental health is dealt with in the UK and I thought I would conduct my own research about how much support people think is out there for people needing help and what people’s opinions are. It would be great if you could take a minute to answer the questions and leave any feedback about your opinion.Thanks!

Breakup Quotes

Hi guys! So Valentine’s Day was weekend and as I’m newly single it wasn’t exactly an event I was looking forward to. The last two week have been really hard but I’m really pleased to be able to say that it has been getting a lot better. I’ve even managed to speak to my ex today and everything’s so much better now and we’re still great friends and have a laugh. It’s a lot less awkward than I expected too which is great. Looking back I can see that maybe this for now is for the best as long distance relationships are not an easy thing to maintain- especially as we’re both very busy people. I’ll never say never to one day possibly getting better but at the moment I really don’t know, and I am not going to dwell. Anyway, my idea for this post combines two of my loves in life; making lists and quotes. In this post I’m going to list my top 40 quotes to get over even the worst breakups. Enjoy!

  1. “Sometimes finding the light means you must pass through the deepest darkness”- The Lucky One
  2. “Maybe not everything is supposed to last forever”- Little Manhattan
  3. “We accept the love we think we deserve”- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  4. “I am strong, because I’ve been weak. I am fearless, because I’ve been afraid. I am wise, because I’ve been foolish.”
  5. “Sometimes you gotta give up on people. Not because you don’t care but because they don’t.”
  6. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”- C.S. Lewis
  7. “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.”
  8. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”- Buddha
  9. “Think positive, be positive and positive things will happen.”
  10. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”- Irish proverb
  11. “In the end, only three things really matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”- Buddha
  12. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to enter.”- Paulo Coelho
  13. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”- John Green
  14. “Not everyone is a loss.”
  15. “Sometimes healing is in the aching.”
  16. “Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”- Dalai Lama
  17. “I will not try to convince you to love me, to respect me, to commit to me. I deserve better than that; I AM BETTER THAN THAT…Goodbye.”- Steve Maraboli
  18. “I’m letting go. You let go a long time ago, and I realise that it is time for me to do the same.”
  19. “Never get jealous when you see your ex with someone else, because our parents taught us to give our used toys to the less fortunate.”
  20. “Never lose yourself while trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.”
  21. “Sometimes you just have to erase the messages, delete the numbers, and move on. You don’t have to forget who that person was to you; you just have to accept that they aren’t that person anymore.”
  22. “Forget what hurt you in the past but never forget what it taught you.”
  23. “A heartbreak is a blessing from God. It’s just his way of letting you realise he saved you from the wrong one.”
  24. “You and I were probably never meant to be but I loved every second that I spent with you.”
  25. “Move on. It’s just a chapter in the past. But don’t close the book. Just turn the page.”
  26. “You know what? You’re going to miss me. You’re going to wake up every morning and miss my texts. You’re going to regret not being there and holding my hand. You’re going to wish you had told me you loved me back after all those times I said it. You’re going to compare every girl to me and hope I don’t notice. And you will miss my laugh, my smile, my heart. You’re going to regret this. You’re going to miss me. And the worst part is, it’s all your fault.”
  27. “You didn’t love her. You just didn’t want to be alone. Or maybe, maybe she was just good for your ego. Or, or maybe she made you feel better about your miserable life, but you didn’t love her. Because you don’t destroy people you love.”- Grey’s Anatomy
  28. “I had a lot of reasons to give up on you. But I still chose to stay. You had a lot of reasons to stay. But you chose to give up.”
  29. “Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.”
  30. “If you carry bricks from your past relationship to your new one, you will build the same house.”
  31. “One day you’re going to wake up and notice that you should’ve tried. I was worth the fight.”
  32. “Sometimes you must forget what you feel and remember what you deserve.”
  33. “The best revenge is just moving on and getting over it. Don’t give someone the satisfaction of watching you suffer.”
  34. “You treated me like an option so I left you like a choice.”
  35. “There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough.”
  36. “You need to realise that he doesn’t care. And you could be missing out on someone who does.”
  37. “It is better to be alone, than being with someone who makes you feel alone.”
  38. “Don’t feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them.”
  39. “Someday you’ll cry for me like I cried for you. Someday you’ll miss me like missed you. Someday you’ll need me like I needed you. Someday you’ll love me…but I won’t love you.”
  40. “Whatever will be, will be.”

Always remember, everything happens for a reason and even though it may not seem like it at first, things will get better.

Hi!

So, my first blog post! Well this is exciting! I suppose I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while but I recently bought myself a laptop for coursework, A Levels, etc. So I thought what better time to start! I’m a GCSE student originally from South London living in Wales. I’m 16 and probably one of the most opinionated and ambitious people I know (as you will soon find out I’m sure!). So basically I thought I’d start by telling you a bit about me.
As I previously mentioned I’m currently studying for my GCSEs which I will be taking in May/June. I’m also studying for a Level 2 Certificate in Additional Mathematics (I am a complete Maths nerd!) and I just completed my ECDL on Monday- passing with a Distinction* and it’s safe to say I’m pretty happy about that! I’m really excited for this year as I have so many great things planned! I wouldn’t say I’ve had a great year so far as it’s mainly been filled with exams and sadly last week I split up with my boyfriend after a year and a half. Luckily it didn’t end badly and hopefully we will continue to be best friends. Onwards and upwards! I’m a huge fan of theatre and currently I have three theatre trips planned for the year! Next month I am off to see Blood Brothers. This will be the third time in less than 2 years that I’ve seen Blood Brothers- I’ve also worked with many actors in the past who have starred in it. In April I’m off to see Twelve Angry Men- I don’t really know a lot about this play but what I’ve heard is all positive. Finally, in September I’m going to see Dead Dog in a Suitcase, which I am extremely excited about as it is my all-time favourite show! I completely recommend it to anyone and everyone. Honestly, you would not regret it. Also this year I have applied to attend NCS. Incase you have heard of NCS it is a fantastic government run scheme for people aged 15-17 run in England and Wales. It’s a 3 week programme consisting of a week of teambuilding, a week living in university halls learning vital life skills and a week of fundraising. I am so excited. It’s an amazing opportunity especially for those planning on applying to uni as it looks great on a UCAS application- all for only £50! Also I’m starting sixth form this year to study A -Level English Literature, Maths, History and Religious Studies.
Musical Theatre is my main love in life. I’ve been on the stage since I’m not really sure when. I’ve done a few plays and many a musical! My credits include:
The Sound of Music- Gretel
Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat- Swing
Grease- Swing
High School Musical- Kelsi
Chess-The Arbiter
Footloose- Councillor Davies
Peter Pan- Mrs Darling
Private Peaceful- Molly
Mamma Mia- Swing (Dance Captain)
Bugsy Malone- Swing
I’ve trained in acting, dance (musical theatre, jazz, street and contemporary) and singing. I’ve also had training in stage combat and special effects makeup. Some of my idols include Samantha Barks, Lucie Jones, Kerry Ellis and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
So, I guess that’s some information about me and you’ll find out more I’m sure! Please continue to visit my site and I’ll try and post again ASAP!
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