Jon English
Jon English

Jon English tells the tale of Blood Brothers

COFFS Coast residents are in for a fabulous weekend, starting with Aussie favourite Jon English who will make his first appearance on the stage of the Jetty Theatre on Saturday in Blood Brothers.

There will be only two performances of the show, at 2pm and 8pm, on July 5.

The internationally-acclaimed singer, actor and writer moved to the Coffs Coast 18 months ago, but spends most of his time on tour.

His role as the narrator in Willy Russell's musical, a production of which is still running in London 20 years after it opened, allows him to bring his singing and acting talents to his new home town for the first time.

“Bring your hankies,” he advised, “It's a very good show.”

He said yesterday Blood Brothers, which tells the tragic tale of the Johnstone twins, who are separated at birth, but become friends as youngsters, had not had much exposure in Australia, and was 'exactly the right size and scale for the theatre'.

Parted as babies by their mother's inability to care for them both, over time the divisions of class and wealth lead brothers Mike and Eddie to opposite ends of the social spectrum.

They are brought back together by their love for the same girl, a love which leads to a fatal conclusion.

Class divisions, superstition and guilt are among the themes explored in this play which regularly brings audiences to their feet for a standing ovation and has won four awards for Best Musical.

The show is being brought to the Jetty by Newcastle-based JJK Productions.

Jon said the opportunity to perform at the Jetty was one of the factors which tempted him to take the part.

The current short regional tour is wedged in between commitments in London and Melbourne for the rock legend.

Tickets for Blood Brothers are available at the Jetty Theatre box office.

Also on this weekend are:

Sawtell Chilli Festival

Shirley Bassey Tribute Show with Brunie Riley

Mish Mash Carrs Creek Mart

Iluka - Grafton Marathon Row

Arts, Crafts Markets & Demonstration Day

Beach, Rock and Estuary Fishing Competition

Game Fishing Competition

Glenreagh Markets

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