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New Seeker back with old favourite

PUBLISHED: 17:54 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 16 August 2010

AN ORIGINAL New Seeker and seasoned stage actress is returning to her role in the hit musical Blood Brothers. Lyn Paul, a member of The New Seeker

AN ORIGINAL New Seeker and seasoned stage actress is returning to her role in the hit musical Blood Brothers.

Lyn Paul, a member of The New Seekers - the band behind the classic song I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing - is playing Mrs Johnstone in the acclaimed show at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford from October 26 to 31.

At the age of 60, but wearing it well, she is showing no signs of slowing down as she reprises a role she first played 12 years ago in 1997. Speaking to Times Out, she said: "The tour's going really well. We're in Sunderland at the moment and it's getting a tremendous reception. We've been getting standing ovations, which is just fantastic.

"It's always good to get feedback. It affects the whole mood of the show and makes us perform better. It's a wonderful feeling.

"I enjoy touring, we have a good time. We went out for an Indian last night. They are sending us to stay on a farm next week - we're staying in a cottage but some of the boys are camping, so there's bound to be late-night barbecues and that sort of thing.

"But to be honest, I am just missing my husband and son, who are back in Spain, where I live."

The Mancunian, whose real name is Lynda Belcher, joined The New Seekers in 1970, but left four years later to pursue a solo music career.

She has had a number of hits, including Sail The Summer Winds, a John Barry composition, which was the theme to the first film produced by Gregory Peck, 1974's The Dove.

Her theatre career kicked off in 1997 playing the matriarchal lead role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers.

She also starred in the stage production of Boy George musical Taboo and in Moonshadow, a workshop musical written by Yusaf Islam, aka Cat Stevens.

She told us: "I have done a lot of music over the years, but my heart is in acting. I just love it, it makes you feel very alive.

"And Blood Brothers is so well written. We are so lucky to be able to perform in it really. Willy Russell can do no wrong in my eyes.

"I don't have to worry about keeping it fresh, because I have so many breaks - I live in Spain most of the time and I just pop back when [director] Bill Kenwright asks me to. He gave me my big break as Mrs Johnstone in 1997, so I will happily come back whenever he asks me."

When asked what has kept her interested in Blood Brothers after all this time, she replied: "The thing I love about it is that it's so raw, so grounded. It's believable.

"There's nothing about it that you think 'that would never happen in real life' or 'I wouldn't say that like that'. Everyone can relate to something in it.

"We had a lovely letter from a lady whose son spent some time in prison and she said she cried when she saw the prison scene. That's what Blood Brothers does - it reaches out to people."

Blood Brothers is on at the theatre in Home Gardens from October 26 to 31. Tickets are priced from £22.50.

Lizzie Thornton

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