In response to The Jungle, The Brothers Size and The Inheritance | YV Taking Part

It’s been a busy start to 2018 for our incredible education and outreach team, Young Vic Taking Part. Working in response to some stunning productions in the YV’s Main House including The Jungle, The Brothers Size and The Inheritance, they’ve been working with a wide range of people from Lambeth, Southwark and beyond.

The Tide

The Tide was our schools response to The Jungle and was met with some amazing feedback. Written by Eno Mfon, directed by Eva Sampson and performed by local teenagers, The Tide explored what is home, family and migration and was performed in the YV’s Maria space with a stunning design incorporating trampolines by Cecile Tremolieres.

The Brothers Size Parallel Production

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Taking Part have also been working with HMP Wandsworth. At the beginning of February Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh performed Bijan Sheibani’s production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size.  Forty men currently at the prison watched the sharing and were invited to take part in our project inspired by the theme’s explored in McCraney’s work. The script they develop with writer Luke Barnes will form a later production with young offenders, directed by Justin Audibert.

Neighbours Known. Neighbours Unknown.

In collaboration with the acclaimed The Choir with No Name who run choirs for homeless and marginalised people, on a singing project that brings together their members with people from our local boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Members of the YV Taking Part’s Neighbourhood Theatre have been working on Neighbours Known. Neighbours Unknown. a singing project that celebrates singing, community and togetherness. They’ll be performing on Sat 17 March at The Workshop in Vauxhall.

Within Reach

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Taking Part have also had the first few rehearsals of Within Reach, a movement based response to Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, led by Grace Gibson. Working with people who have HIV or have been directly affected by the illness, the work will be shared in early May.

Arts in Schools Campaign

Taking Part has also been working hard on arts in schools and worked on the first London Theatre Consortium symposium on a future curriculum for drama education which YV AD Kwame Kwei-Armah spoke at. Find out more about the event and people’s responses on our video.

★★★★★ “A magical portrait of southern masculinity” | The Brothers Size Reviews

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Reviews for The Brothers Size are coming in thick and fast. Critics have been loving this deeply moving fable about the bonds between men directed by Bijan Sheibani and written by the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney.

★★★★★
“A magical portrait of southern masculinity

The Guardian | Read the full review

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“Bijan Sheibani’s electric, superbly acted revival is magical”
The Financial Times | Read the full review

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“Tremendous acting… this is pure theatre”
The Times | Read the full review

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“Urgently rhythmic with vivid physicality”
The Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Haunting, poetic and beautiful”
WhatsOnStage | Read the full review

★★★★
“Immaculate, operatic and primal”
Time Out | Read the full review

The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic until 14 February. Limited tickets are available. Find out more and book now.

The Brothers Size | Production Photos

The production photos are here for The Brothers Size. Get your first look at this long-awaited revival from the writer of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. The Brothers Size is directed by Bijan Sheibani.

The cast includes Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

Tickets are selling fast for this short run at the Young Vic. Book your tickets now.

Photos by Marc Brenner.

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The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic until 14 February. Tickets are limited so book now.

Young Vic Blind Date is BACK 💘

That’s right. Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back YV Blind Date just in time for Valentine’s Day, which also happens to coincide with the final night of our long-awaited revival The Brothers Size.

Tell us who you’re ideally looking to date and if you’re one of our lucky winners, you could be meeting your mystery someone in The Cut Bar for a free drink before picking up your free tickets to The Brothers Size. Settle down next to your date to enjoy this darkly sparkling, brilliant play from the writer of Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.


True love may blossom, maybe you’ll have a new theatre buddy for life, or you could just watch a really brilliant show on us. All we ask of you, is that you and your date take a selfie together, fill in our post-date survey, and let us write it up on the blog.

Applications are now open, and you have until midday 5 Feb to send us the following:

1. Name
2. Age
3. The gender you identify as
4. The gender you would like to be set up with
5. What is your favourite play ever?
6. Which actor from a YV show would you most like to kiss?*

To: marketing@youngvic.org with the subject line ‘YV Blind Date’.

* N.B. YV actors will not be partaking in these dates unless they apply independently

Casting announcement: meet the cast of The Brothers Size

We’re excited to announce casting for The Brothers Size which runs in the Young Vic’s Main House from  – 

Sope DirisuSope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of Denmark, Our Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal

Jonathan AjayiJonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.

 

 

Anthony WelshAnthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.

TBT – Tarell Alvin McCraney at the Young Vic

On Sunday 26 February 2017, Tarell Alvin McCraney made history by becoming the third African-American writer to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight. The film, based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Young Vic’s Maria theatre was home to the 2007 UK premiere of Tarell’s The Brothers Size which was also nominated for an Olivier Award. In 2008, Tarell returned to the Young Vic to remount the production and to stage the European premiere of his work In the Red and Brown Water in the Main House. That same year, he won the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

‘The Young Vic has shown so much faith in my work.’ Tarell McCraney interview with TimeOut

In honour of this huge win and his amazing talent, we wanted to post a few quotes celebrating Tarell’s work at the Young Vic:

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Ony Uhiara and Adjoa Andoh in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘No piece of total theatre could have better lived up to the promise of its title than Tarell Alvin McCraney’s extraordinary In the Red and Brown Water… McCraney is a distinctive voice in American theatre.’  The Evening Standard review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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The set of In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘Tarell Alvin McCraney is a name to remember… the virtue of McCraney’s play lies in the clarity of its storytelling and its ability to yoke different cultures.’ The Guardian review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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Ashley Walters in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘McCraney has a talent for painting pictures and characters with words.’ The Daily Mail review of In the Red and Brown Water

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Nathaniel Martello-White, Nyasha Hatendi and Obi Abili in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Marc Brenner.

‘An instant hit with critics and public alike.’ The Evening Standard on The Brothers Sizeread the full article here