The production, which returns after a successful first run in 2007, was Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breakthrough work. The playwright is now best known for his semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue – better known to most as Moonlight, 2016’s biggest cinema event, for which it provided the premise.
In The Brothers Size, African myth is woven with contemporary experience in the American South. Two brothers, Ogun and Oshooshi, could not be more different. Ogun has ambitions and aspirations, running his own auto repair shop. Oshooshi, meanwhile, is fresh out of prison.
Oshooshi is continually engrossed in his only available reading material: a book of photographs of Madagascar. When his cellmate snags him a clapped-out car upon his released, dreams of driving far away – perhaps somehow to Africa, which McCraney locates as a symbol of homecoming and sanctuary – offer a glimmer of freedom.
If you enjoyed the dreamlike, delicately felt storytelling of Moonlight, The Brothers Size is not one to miss.
|What||The Brothers Size, Young Vic|
|Where||The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
19 Jan 18 – 14 Feb 18, 19:30
|Price||£10 - £38|
|Website||Click here to book via the Young Vic|