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Blood Brothers – Youth Theatre Workshop and production

By Willy Russell, directed by Karen BlundenOnce upon a time, long, long ago in the year 2019, an exciting new chapter was about to unfold in the world of Henfield Theatre Company.....young people had started gathering, practising and rehearsing for a brand new workshop production of Willy Russell's renowned play, "Blood Brothers", and with it the company saw the launch of it's very own Youth Theatre Group. But lurking in the corner, unbeknown to anyone, was an evil, sinister, out-of-the-ordinary infection, determined to stop everyone's fun. And before they knew it, Covid -19 had struck and the "Blood Brothers" production came to a dramatic halt, frozen in time. But like all good fairy tales, there is of course a happy ending, and now we are delighted to be able to re-launch the show, with old and NEW cast members working towards an exciting and experimental perfomance in November 2021.

Karen Blunden, an experienced Theatre-in-Education director and drama teacher, will lead a series of workshops during half term (dates below), from which an ensemble of approximately 15 characters will be cast.
“Blood Brothers is a very human story about love, friendship and hidden truths, as relevant today as when it was written 40 years ago. I want to explore and produce a theatrical experience where the audience and cast can laugh and cry together. It’s a powerful, moving and compassionate play and stands for everything I believe theatre can be.”

Principal roles are being retained by members of the pre-Covid group, but there are plenty of places left for ensemble cast. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday 16th September, 5-7pm, and continue every Monday and Thursday thereafter, (also two Sunday afternoons - dates tbc). Performances to an invited audience will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November. There will be a fee of £20 to cover all sessions, including a script.

WORKSHOP/AUDITION   (Henfield Hall, Main Hall)
Sunday 12th September, 2 - 5pm
A £20 fee for all sessions will then be payable.

Those cast in the production, will be required to attend:

Thursday 16th September and then every Monday and Thursday (with two Sundays)

Saturday 13th November and Sunday 14th November (to an invited audience)

Numbers are limited so please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Willy Russell said recently, “If I have a day when I haven’t done something new and creative, I feel really uneasy” ... so why not follow in his footsteps and come and explore your creativity in this new and exciting venture…

To register your interest and reserve your place / your child’s place, please email secretary@henfieldtheatrecompany.com , quoting your name / child’s name and date of birth and also your telephone number. Please respond by 31st August 2021.

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