The story is probably over-familiar. We’re in Liverpool some time before decimalisation, where struggling single mother Mrs Johnstone (Mel C) agrees to hand over one of her newborn twins to her rich, childless employer Mrs Lyons (Vivienne Carlyle). The boys, Mickey and Eddie (Stephen Palfreman and Richard Reynard), lead parallel lives separated by the great economic divide. A narrator hovers on the edges of Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright’s action, giving a foreboding sense that the iron fist of fate is clenched over it all.
Mel C delicately captures every changing tone, from teenage joy to adult resignation. The range she manages on Easy Terms, a doleful hymn to the “never-never”, is equally admirable.
Mel C stars in Blood Brothers until April 2014 Box Office: 0870 060 6629 if you would like to go!