Two Brothers


The Benedict brothers are on opposite sides of the political divide. Eggs is the Minister for Home Security and prime minister-in-waiting. Tom is a refugee advocate and the head of a charitable foundation. The brothers have a relationship based on affection and respect. And in the jumble of family life they have managed to accommodate their ideological differences.

But on Christmas Day an Indonesian fishing boat packed with refugees goes down in the Indian Ocean. Two hundred and fifty people drown, and one man survives. What happens when two powerful, passionate and socially-committed brothers encounter deadly conflict?

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  • 3 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
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Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 65

EXTRACT: No one has been held to account for all these deaths - not by the press, not by the law, not by the court of public opinion. The government says there was no ship. They deny that they were in any way responsible for this tragedy. So I say, let them tell us what actually happened. Let us have the truth.


Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 16

EXTRACT: When I think that I am unwelcome in every country on this earth, when I think that people in this country want my family to drown, rather than step foot on this shore, then I find it hard not to believe in evil. What have the little children done? Nothing. What has my wife done? My wife - one year and one month waiting for reply from United Nations. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.



VIDEO: Playwrights talk about finding their unique style and methodology, and the personal experiences that inspire their work. Raimondo Cortese, Hannie Rayson, Lally Katz and Jenny Kemp discuss the dramas of drama with Dr Denise Varney. Recorded at the Wheeler Centre in September 2011.



VIDEO: In this instalment of Texts in the City, we look at Hannie Rayson’s Two Brothers. Host Ruby Murray and guest speaker Stephen Armstrong examine the text’s themes of political and social justice, based on brothers Tim and Peter Costello and set around Australia’s SEIVX refugee boat crisis.

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