Maureen Nolan describes the role of Mrs Johnstone in the hit musical ‘Blood Brothers’ as her “dream role”.
“Even if I won the lottery,” she said, “if the chance to play this role came up I would take it. It is such an emotional, passionate role - that any actress would be delighted to get it.
“I used to say it was the best role for women of a certain age, but now I believe it is one of the strongest female roles in theatre.”
Maureen has played the role of Mrs Johnstone before - and says she always feels a certain pressure taking it on. “So many great names have gone before me,” she says, adding that ‘Blood Brother’ audiences have a certain loyalty towards the show which means she can never give less than 100% on stage
“Blood Brothers’ is the kind of show people feel passionate about.
“It is rare when we do a show to meet someone who is there for the first time. People tend to come time and again - which is testament to the great show, the brilliant writing of Willie Russell and the amazing songs.
‘Blood Brothers’ tells the story of Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, who is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.
It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.
Maureen enjoys every moment of the show - but the personal highlight of her nightly performance is singing ‘Just a Light Romance’ - “That song stays with you. It is such a simple song - quite tragic and very powerful.”
The Nolans’ singer said she is very much looking forward to coming back to Derry, where they always have a “great time”.
‘Blood Brothers’ will run at the form from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 April. To book contact the Box Office on 71264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk