Blood Broth­ers comes to stage in Bay

The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON - Blood Broth­ers opens July 8 and runs un­til July 29 at Napier’s Tabard The­atre with book­ings from Tabard Cos­tume Hire or iTicket.

Two of the mu­si­cal world’s most fa­mous twins are tak­ing to the stage in Napier this July.

Toby Hunter, 18, and Sam Draper, 22, are play­ing twin broth­ers Ed­ward and Mickey in Napier Op­er­atic So­ci­ety’s stag­ing of Blood Broth­ers.

The mu­si­cal, set in 1960s Liver­pool, ex­am­ines the con­cept of na­ture verses nur­ture af­ter the twins are split at birth with one raised in near poverty and the other in an up­per mid­dle class house­hold.

Mickey, played by Toby, is brought up by his strug­gling sin­gle mother and seven older sib­lings while his twin Ed­ward, played by Sam, is the only child of the wealthy Lyons fam­ily.

The pair don’t meet un­til they are seven years old, but im­me­di­ately be­come best friends.

This bond con­tin­ues un­til they be­come older and the dif­fer­ence be­tween their back­grounds be­gins to pull them apart, with the mu­si­cal ask­ing the au­di­ence to con­sider the way so­cial in­equal­ity can af­fect peo­ple’s lives.

Toby, head boy at Karamu High School, de­scribed his char­ac­ter of Mickey as a com­plex role to play. ‘‘It’s a real chal­lenge that is thor­oughly re­ward­ing,’’ he said.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing high school Toby is off to Vic­to­ria Univer­sity to study law, arts and teach­ing.

His on-stage brother Sam Dra- per, who plays Ed­ward, moved to New Zealand a few years ago.

His fam­ily first ar­rived in Auck­land be­fore mov­ing to Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

His first stage ap­pear­ance was with the Waipawa Mu­si­cal and Drama Club in the 2012 pro­duc­tion of All Shook Up.

‘‘I love the fam­ily feel­ing within the Blood Broth­ers team,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s a wide range of ages and ex­pe­ri­ence amongst us and we’re all hav­ing a ball bring­ing this bril­liant script to life.’’

‘‘It’s a real chal­lenge that is thor­oughly re­ward­ing’’ Toby Hunter, who plays Mickey Sam Draper who plays Ed­ward and Toby Hunter as Mickey re­hears­ing for Blood Broth­ers.

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