My Brother’s Keeper?
by Nigel Williams
Reviewers are calling this revival “a truly beautiful show” (UK Theatre Network) and “A meticulous investigation into the internal gears of a dysfunctional family” (Broadway World).
When it premiered at Greenwich Theatre in 1985, My Brother’s Keeper received rave reviews, prompting the Guardian to describe it as “a very good new play – witty as well as touching, objective as well as subjective” and The Sunday Times to label it as “impeccable”.
Now some 34 years later, Nigel Williams’ incisive, funny and affecting play about broken sibling relationships receives its first major revival in a production starring Andy de la Tour, Josh Taylor and David Partridge.
Following a stroke, seventy-four-year-old actor Mr Stone lies dying in a near-empty hospital ward. His two sons, Tony and Sam, together again after several years, try to reconcile their fractured family before it’s too late. In doing so, they confront each other, their past, and the imminent loss of their father.
Nigel Williams’ play explores the complexities of adult fraternal bonds, when shared childhoods and personal histories work as hard to repel as they do to bind, and poses the question of whether the shared love of a dying father can overcome the damage done.
Williams’ is an Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner for TV drama Skallarigg and Elizabeth I, his latest TV series Catherine The Great due to be released later this staring Helen Mirren.
The production is directed by the New Works Associate of The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; Craig Gilbert and is staged in support of The Stroke Association.
Genesis 4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Mr Stone: Andy de la Tour
Mrs Stone: Kathryn Pogson
Sam Stone: David Partridge
Tony Stone: Josh Taylor
Terry: William Reay
Director: Craig Gilbert
Lighting Designer: Chris Withers
Sound Designer: Ben Grant
Set Design: Maddie Whiffin
My Brother’s Keeper is at the Playground Theatre until March 23. For tickets and more information go to theplaygroundtheatre.london
To win one of five pairs of tickets to see My Brother’s Keeper? at the Playground Theatre, go to thestage.co.uk/competitions and enter your details and put KEEPER in the code box. Entries close at midnight on March 14.