It’s exactly twenty-five years since the original production of Brothers of the Brush appeared in Dublin. A new production of this classic, tells the story of three house painters, making a meagre living, overseen by an arrogant and shifty boss who is running a small business. Underneath the humour and playfulness of the relationships, a tough world is emerging, where workers are losing faith in old ways.
Set just at the dawn of the “Celtic Tiger”, it is now interesting to note that Heno and Lar have returned from London as work is now readily available in Dublin as the onset of apartment building kicks off in the city.
The need to survive has become far greater than anything else in their lives and manipulation of each is now the new order of the day, where fragile loyalties are tested and taken to limit.
Brothers of the Brush is both entertaining and thought provoking.
Stephen Jones as Heno (Love Hate & Red Rock & Dublin Old School)
Stephen Cromwell as Lar (Red Rock)
Gerard Byrne as Jack (Malachy from Fair City)
Luke Griffin as Martin (Band of Brothers)
Directed by Tracy Ryan
Set & Lighting Design by Fenna Von Hirschheydt
Costume Design by Jennifer Dwyer
Sound Design by Geoff Woods
‘as good a piece of work as I’ve seen in a while...’a cracker’..
‘hugely talented actors’
This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening of first rate meaty drama… 'all four performances are excellent and direction by Tracy Ryan is perfectly timed' with 'plenty of laughs amongst the heated dramatic exchanges'
4 Stars **** Irish Independent