Lyn Paul On....Blood BrothersDate: 5 October 2009
Lyn Paul is currently reprising the role of Willy Russell's much put upon mam, Mrs Johnstone in the hit touring production of Blood Brothers. Lyn has played the role many times in the West End and on tour, as well as taking on roles in musicals such as Footloose. All this is a far cry from her time with pop group The New Seekers. Rebecca Cohen caught up with Lyn Paul prior to the musical arriving in Manchester and Liverpool.
What do you like about playing Mrs Johnstone?
I just really enjoy playing the role. It’s so well written and I feel I can relate to the whole aspect of Mrs J.
Having played the part intermittently for such a long time, the character must have become a huge part of your life.
Each character in Blood Brothers has to go through so many contrasting emotions during the course of the two acts. Do you find you all feel emotionally drained as soon as the curtain closes?
Musical theatre is entirely different to any work you ever did individually or with the New Seekers. What factors do you prefer about musical theatre?
Being born in Manchester, it must be lovely for you to return to your home town.
Along the way, you must have worked with many Mickeys, Edwards and Narrators, who have helped the musical gain strong critical acclaim, such as Best Musical in 1983. Are all actors trained in the same way?
Whether newcomers or avid fans, why should people come and watch this latest tour of Blood Brothers?
Lyn Paul was speaking to Rebecca Cohen.
Blood Brothers returns to Manchester at the Opera House from 12 - 24 October. The show also visits Liverpool at the Empire from 12 - 24 April.