‘Blood Brothers’ dream role for Maureen

Bill Kenwright production of 'BLOOD BROTHERS'by Willy Russell'Directed by Bob Tomson
Bill Kenwright production of 'BLOOD BROTHERS'by Willy Russell'Directed by Bob Tomson

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