Brothers of the Brush

by  Jimmy Murphy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m

"Do not, repeat, do not miss." - London Sunday Times
"Tremendous.... Shares with Skylight the title of Best New Play in London." - London Guardian
"Riveting." - London Evening Star

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Brothers of the Brush

by  Jimmy Murphy

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  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Best New Play, Dublin Theatre Festival
  • Audience

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    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Lauded as one of the year's best in London, this remarkable first play is a gripping study of shifting alliances fueled by cut throat economics in the building trades. Three house painters working for a shifty contractor live in states of financial desperation: Lars is a family man with a crippling mortgage; Hemo has five kids and a drinking problem, and Jack has just taken out a loan. When Lars, not Jack, is asked to be the foreman on the upcoming factory job, a strike and a bloody battle for survival are triggered.

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"There is a new and remarkably realistic voice on the scene with the arrival of Jimmy Murphy ..." - Sunday Independent

"Best new play in London."   Billington, The Guardian.


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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1990s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A basement room

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable



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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting




Jimmy Murphy

Jimmy Murphy

Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, as part of the 1993 Dublin Theatre Festival.  Winner of Best New Play.

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