The Brothers Size

The Brothers Size

The Oscar-winning writer behind Moonlight debuts his touching play about brotherly bonds at the Young Vic

Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney penned The Brothers Size  whilst he was a student at the Yale School of Drama 10 years ago. Now, the remarkable play gets a worthy revival at London’s Young Vic, following the success of his extraordinary storytelling in 2017’s standout feature Moonlight.

A tale of spirituality, family, masculinity and Yoruba mythology, two African-American brothers reconcile their relationship after spells in prison. Ogun (Sope Dirisu, RSC’s Coriolanus) plays the toughened older brother, desperately trying to steer his unruly younger sibling Oshoosi (Jonathan Ajayi) on the right path. What follows is a winding journey, which sees them navigate an emotional minefield whilst battling the aftershocks of incarceration. Expect pin-sharp humour, endearing staging and a moving rendition of Otis Reading’s Try A Little Tenderness.

The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic till 14 February 2018

  • Words: Monique Todd

  • Photography: Young vic