Siblings

Two plays for the price of one, Siblings is a double bill of original writing; Brothers and Sisters. Exploring the ambiguous relationships between characters, the audience is taken through intense dialogue and shockingly unexpected twists as the plot slowly builds up. Although Siblings is cleverly written with plenty of substance, unfortunately as a whole, the production falls short, failing to escape its ‘high school drama class’ feel.

Both the boys were very enthusiastic and were clearly giving the performance their all, portraying their characters with both understanding and charisma.

Brothers, written by Ben Jeffreys, focuses on the mysterious relationship between two boys, inviting the audience to speculate how their lives are linked. Although it’s a good concept, it doesn’t come together and with huge chunks of dialogue and not much movement, it takes a while to warm up and fully engage the audience. Sisters, written by Chloe Morton, is a comedy with a darker twist which explores corruption in the British media through cross-dressed nuns. Although well performed, both of the plays are quite slow-paced and lacking in energy which makes the endings seem incredibly rushed, leaving the audience unable to empathise with the characters.

The characters in both of the short plays were played by George Longworth and Robbie Taylor-Hunt who were extremely likeable and versatile, putting on an entertaining performance. Both the boys were very enthusiastic and were clearly giving the performance their all, portraying their characters with both understanding and charisma. Taylor-Hunt’s performance as the flamboyant Ian in Sisters is particularly commendable, getting plenty of laughs from the audience.

Overall, both of the plays are cleverly written with likeable characters and intriguing plots. However, the production just doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Reviews by Amanda Fleet

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The Blurb

Two brand new plays explode onto the Fringe, offering tragedy and comedy from the same two versatile and accomplished actors. Brothers sees two men in one room but invites its audience to wonder how are they brothers. Are these soldiers? Students? Blood brothers? The answer is revealed in an explosive and devastating final scene. In Sisters, two drag queen performers face moral challenge as their careers unfold. Is life as nuns and nurses all it promises? Siblings will ask you plenty of questions in our double-bill new writing tragicomic banquet.