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 then, an Indonesian fishing boat, packed with refugees, goes down in the Indian Ocean on Christmas Day. Two hundred and fifty people drown, but one man survives. "Two Brothers" is a story about what happens when one family produces two powerful, passionate, socially-committed sons whose rival senses of duty bring them into deadly conflict. Most of all, it is a story about the struggle between compassion and security in an age of terror. Part political thriller, part family drama, "Two Brothers" is written with Hannie Rayson's characteristic insight and humanity. Includes introductions by Katharine Brisbane and Tony Kevin. 2 Acts, 7 male, 2 female.
Hannie Rayson is a multi-award-winning Australian playwright. Her memoir, Hello Beautiful, was published in 2015. Her play, Life After George, was nominated for the Miles Franklin award making her the only playwright ever to be nominated for the prestigious award.