The Brothers Size

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney/ Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Ritual and reality intertwine in the sparkling, award-winning debut play by Oscar winning writer of Moonlight Tarell Alvin McCraney.

The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison.

Bijan Sheibani directs the long-awaited revival of this deeply moving fable about the rarely spoken bond between brothers.

ATC and the Young Vic gave the UK premiere of this stunning play in 2007. This revival will again be directed by ATC’s former Artistic Director Bijan Shebani (Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre). The production forms part of both David Lan’s farewell season as Artistic Director of the Young Vic and ATC’s 40th birthday celebrations.


★★★★★ McCraney’s 90-minute script for his story, part-parable, about reunion and separation, fizzes and snaps. As the actors announce their own stage directions and occasionally break into song, the language treads the lines between poetry and prose, comedy and drama.

Bridget Minamore, The Guardian

★★★★★ It's a haunting, poetic and beautiful piece which speaks universally about oppression, love, family and freedom.

Daisy Bowie-Sell, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ It’s been over a decade since Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size was first staged at the Young Vic [on a co-production with Actors Touring Company]. It was a delight then and is a delight now.

Natasha Tripney, The Stage

★★★★ This revival by Bijan Sheibani, combines urgently rhythmic dialogue with the lingering strangeness of a dream.

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

★★★★ McCraney’s vision mixes Yoruba-inspired movement and Brechtian deconstruction to create something strikingly reminiscent of Greek tragedy at its most visceral.

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out