Brother's Keeper

Theatre (solo show, lgbt)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 2
  • 16:10
  • Aug 18-20, 22-27
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Wallace Norman / Woodstock Fringe
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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About courageous survival, the play tracks the journey of the central character, William, from ten years old to middle age. Unable to hide his uniqueness, William, like many LGBTQ+ youths, suffers brutal abuse in school just because he is different. Brother James, his priest, takes a "special" interest in William. What damage is done when a priest sexually abuses boys? How do predators justify what they have done? Why do some victims survive and others perish? William finds the courage to confront his abuser. This cathartic event leads William to healing. He finds hope and joy and love.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: If not taking the lift it is 14 steps into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Gerald Fierst 2 days ago

Truly a gem so beautifully crafted and acted in all detail from the sound design to the simplicity of a set made solely by a stool. Wallace Norman's performance is so true that this amazing piece of craft makes an intimate experience between audience and actor that is both heart breaking and uplifting, a full appreciation of the stories we all carry but rarely speak

Bernie Maxwell 3 days ago

This is a seriously brilliant performance, one of the best I have seen in many years! If you love great theatre truly well told, this is a must for you.

Steve Spiro 3 days ago

Went to see Brother’s Keeper today and wanted to commend Wallace on a brave and touching performance of his life story. It’s amazing what can be achieved with basically an empty stage and one passionate performer sharing his life story with a riveted audience. Bravo.

Victoria Sullivan 4 days ago

A brilliant one man show, with Wallace Norman playing all the characters in this story of friendship, betrayal, love, and sexual abuse. The play moves backwards and forewords in time, revealing the deeply disturbing impact of one pedophile priest’s behavior with two young boys. Norman’s performance is riveting.

Scott Clugstone 5 days ago

Brothers Keeper swept me in right away. All the characters, played by one fantastic actor, are fascinating, gripping. The climactic scene is spine-tingling, unforgettable. By the final scene I was on the edge of my seat as William finds his way out of the dark, into the "sun."
A powerful play, and brilliant tour-de-force of acting.

Gianluca 5 days ago

It was intense. No scenography, no costumes, just a small bench and an amazing actor who tells with tact and bravery an atrocious tale.
It is easy to understand for non-native English speakers.

Dana Patton 7 days ago

This is a beautifully crafted and courageous work. Wallace takes us through a moving history of a foundational relationship with a dear friend and doesn't shy away from the complications that ensue. This is theater at its best.

tom cherwin 8 days ago

Wallace Norman gives a bravura performance in "Brother's Keeper," which couldn't be more timely, or more deeply affecting--and disturbing. In fact, it's harrowing.

See it at your own peril. But miss it at even greater peril.

Robin Bold 9 days ago

Yes, see this play... It's a moment to think of how, and who we trust our children with. The control over youngsters by figures we ascribe authority in needs looking at. Not for historical reasons, hunting out instances of potential or actual harm, but ask yourself the question of how to educate, include, make children feel part of society... Who gets to lead, and who are the followers ...what price is paid when the child in all of us is terrified of being in the wrong, and how easy it is to manipulate that view of young selves? Politics and Priesthood are not that far apart, no matter which are our countries of birth. There is danger in both side of the exercise of unquestioned power. 10/10.

Nia Lourekas 10 days ago

Wallace Norman’s performance drew me in from the very beginning: a man is being questioned by police because he’s on the side of an off-ramp of a highway, having just heard of the death of his best friend from childhood. Mr. Norman takes us on a journey that is disturbing and traumatic, yet he finds moments of humor and human pathos throughout. He’s a top-notch actor, with an extraordinary vocal range, which he uses to embody many different characters. It’s a “Bravo” performance.

Ted Cole 12 days ago

Definitely see this one. A frank and disturbing look at the life of a boy abused by a priest. Norman's multiple characterizations flow with ease. This one will keep you enthralled.

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Fringe Review 4 days ago

This hidden gem of a play deserves to be seen by a much wider audience, as a masterclass in solo drama and in handling potentially triggering subjects with truth, dignity, some fun, and with real humanity.

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