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Dudley theatre marks 70th anniversary with Blood Brothers show

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The Dudley Little Theatre gets its 70th anniversary under way in style this month with the iconic play Blood Brothers.

Flora Deeley, Ellis Dacker and Ray Curran rehearse for Dudley Little Theatre’s Blood Brothers production later this month

The adaptation of the Willy Russell production marks the Netherton-based theatre’s anniversary after it opened back in October 1947.

Since then the amateur group has produced hundreds of popular shows, providing access to acting for a diverse membership across the region. To mark the occasion, the theatre offered its 60 members a chance to decide on the this season’s productions by voting for their four favourite four plays the group has performed.

Blood Brothers, A Christmas Carol, Deep Blue Sea and Allo Allo! came out on top of around 350 productions.

“We canvassed the membership to pick their favourite productions and this anniversary season was selected that way,” said member Tony Stamp, a retired Wolverhampton Council worker who acts and directs at the theatre.

“Willy Russell wrote two versions of Blood Brothers this is the non-musical version though there’s still a bit of singing and dancing.

“It is a cast of eight and some of us play numerous characters.”

The play is based on brothers Mickey and Eddie who are separated at birth. Ray Curran and Ellis Daker star as Mickey and Eddie, respectively.

“You rely on enthusiasm,” added Mr Stamp, aged 61.

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“Fortunately there’s quite a lot of that at The Dudley Little Theatre.”

Blood Brothers runs from September 20 to 23.

Tickets are available at http://www.dudleylittletheatre.org

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