In the Red and Brown Water


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Ashley Walters (Shango). Photo: Marc Brenner
Ashley Walters (Shango). Photo: Marc Brenner

The first of the Brothers/Sisters trilogy from the thrilling young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney whose lyrical storytelling brought audiences to their feet in London and New York with his debut play The Brothers Size. It is directed by Walter Meierjohann and designed by Miriam Buether with lighting by Jean Kolman.

Oya girl looks to the sky. Finds no answer there.

She breathes like the wind.

Oya is a star athlete. She never feels so right as when she's running. As a girl she has to choose between following her dream and caring for her sick mother. As a woman she is torn between two men and is desperate to bear a child.

This is a soulful story of early womanhood, drawing on a rich tapestry of literature from the earthy tones of Lorca's Yerma to the vibrant storytelling tradition of West African folklore. Stories and characters familiar from The Brothers Size resonate through the play as McCraney's poetry weaves seamlessly into the street talk of pre-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

27 year old McCraney is a remarkable new voice in American theatre. In the Red and Brown Water won the 2007 Kendeda Award (Alliance Theater Atlanta). Tarell has also won the Cole Porter Award and the Paula Vogel Award (Vineyard Theatre, New York) for his playwriting.

Cast includes Ashley Walters (ex So Solid Crew).

  • Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm
  • £22.50 (previews to 8 Oct £15); under-26s £10


Young Vic
66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
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Box office: 020 7922 2922


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