The Brothers Size at the Young Vic

Published: Sunday, October 19, 2008 | Review by: Karla Williams |
The Brothers Size at the Young Vic The Brothers Size at the Young Vic

Set in San Pere, Louisiana The Brothers Size tells the emotional, funny and moving tale of two brothers. Ogun Size (Daniel Francis) the older, wiser, firmer one who spends more time working in his garage then anywhere else and Oshoosi Size (Tunji Kasim) the younger, naïve, trusting one who has just been released after serving two years inside. Add to the brotherhood Elegba (Anthony Welsh) a mysterious and enigmatic character who befriended Oshoosi while in prison.

The current production of the play is a revival after a sell out London run last year and it is obvious why it has been brought back. Director Bijan Sheibani has brilliantly constructed the world of the play using the minimalist of set, simply consisting of a white chalk circle and some red dust. This acts as the perfect vehicle to the plays ritualistic elements as we are magically transported to a number of different locations including Oguns garage and the side of a lake. This is thanks to the amazing performances from the new cast who combine sheet physicality and raw acting talent to make the performance their own.

In this terrific ensemble piece, Lamda graduate, Welsh, is outstanding as he brings a mystery and enchantment to Elegba that makes him appealing and captivating.

The crowning glory of the piece is the script itself and McCraney is nothing short of a genius. He has a mesmerising talent and his unique style incorporates emotion, depth and poetry into two or three lines. With his second play In the Red and Brown Water also playing in Young Vic’s main house, and his recent announcement as the RSC international writer in residence, he is a name that will be around for a long time.

Info: The Brothers Size is showing at the Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ until 8 November. Box office 020 8985 2424

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