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'Two Brothers' by Hannie Rayson at Holden Street Theatres

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A thrilling tale of power and evil

One of the most controversial Australian plays of the last 25 years, Two Brothers, comes to Holden Street Theatres for a strictly limited season this May.

Written by award-winning Australian playwright and newspaper columnist Hannie Rayson, the Adelaide premiere of Two Brothers is presented by Red Phoenix Theatre, which burst onto the Adelaide theatre scene in 2016 with critically acclaimed productions of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and David Williamson's Don Parties On.

Image appears courtesy of Richard Parkhill

Two Brothers created a media cyclone when it was first produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2005. Andrew Bolt, in particular, launched a vitriolic attack on both the play and Hannie Rayson herself.

At the core of the controversy is a plot which implicates the Australian government in ordering the Navy to stand off and allow 250 refugees to drown at sea rather than bend policy and risk impacting the populist vote.

Image appears courtesy of Richard Parkhill

Rayson says Two Brothers is a fictional tale which provokes robust and rigorous debate. Others view it as a personal attack which draws an insulting caricature of a satanic Peter Costello and feeds offensive conspiracy theories about the SIEV-X which sank in 2001.


On Christmas Day an Indonesian fishing boat packed with refugees sinks in the Indian Ocean. Two hundred and fifty people drown and one man survives. What happens when this tragedy spurs two powerful but politically opposed brothers to take sides against each other? Two Brothers is an explosive political thriller which never lets up as it draws together terrifying political secrets, family feuds and a wicked sense of humour to explore this gripping tale of power and evil.
Image appears courtesy of Richard Parkhill

Director, Robert Kimber says, "The brothers referred to in the title of the play were inspired by the Costello brothers, Tim and Peter and the political and social gulf between them. In a neat twist of life imitating art, real life brothers, Brant and Michael Eustice will play the two brothers in this production." Brant and Michael are well known to many Adelaide theatregoers. Brant has performed with Sydney Theatre Company, appeared in several State Theatre Company productions and is the recipient of two Adelaide Critics Circle Awards. Michael is the Artistic Director of Red Phoenix Theatre and is making his first onstage appearance for this new company.

Image appears courtesy of Richard Parkhill

The cast also includes award-winning Adelaide actors Joshua Coldwell, Cheryl Douglas, Brant Eustice, Michael Eustice, Fahad Farooque, Josh Mensch, Lyn Wilson, Tracey Walker and Alicia Zorkovic.

Hannie Rayson is one of Australia's most significant playwrights. Her plays have been performed extensively around Australia and overseas and her major works include Hotel Sorrento, Falling From Grace, Scenes From A Separation (co-written with Andrew Bovell), Inheritance and Life After George.


Two Brothers will run from Thursday 18th to Saturday 27th of May 2017 at Holden Street Theatres, The Studio, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (next to Coopers Stadium).

Performances will be held Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May and Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th May at 7.30pm.

A matinee performance will be held Sunday 21st May at 2pm.>Tickets are now on sale through www.holdenstreettheatres.com or www.redphoenixtheatre.com or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door subject to availability.

Tickets are priced from $17.50 to $24.50

For more information on this exciting theatre production in Adelaide, please visit www.holdenstreettheatres.com or www.redphoenixtheatre.com


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When: May 18 - 27
Where: Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Cost: Tickets from $17.50 to $24.50
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