When We Were Brothers

When We Were Brothers

Lads don’t cry. But what if you have to? When you feel like you’re going to explode. When everything’s closing in. And you don’t even know if you can stand it anymore. What then?

Danny and Tommo have been friends since they were 8 years old. Played, fought, had each other’s backs. Like brothers. Now they’re grown up; Danny’s down in that London and Tommo is off work and back at his old bedroom. But Tommo’s mum, Julie, is really worried about him, and Danny may be the only one who can help…

‘When We Were Brothers’ is a one-hour play by Ben Tagoe (Coronation Street, Lucky Man) about being a man, mental health, and friendship.



★★★★ Yorkshire Post

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Reviews Hub

★★★★ North West End

★★★★★ Plays To See

★★★★★ Fairypowered Productions

‘Containing echoes of Andrea Dunbar’s working class stories, this is an ultimately uplifting tale of hope’ – The Stage

‘Aisha Khan’s production is deftly directed and the performances are beautifully judged’ – The Stage

‘Tagoe makes a welcome return to drama from his TV work delivering a punchy piece’ – North West End

The three actors all give moving, honest and utterly authentic performances’ – Yorkshire Post

‘an uplifting story of the importance and healing power of friendship’ – Yorkshire Post

‘a beautiful, touching, and heart-warming piece of theatre’ – Plays to See


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Credit: Sophie Giddens


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