What to watch: Two Brothers
Two Brothers is a new series that follows the struggles of siblings Aaron (Andrew Meikle) and Aiden (Meshach O’Brien) as they strive to fit in a small town while embracing self-acceptance.
The show, which tackles racial issues and the very real experiences that takes place within the LGBTQ+ community, will premiere in June on Amazon Prime and OUTtv.
When Aaron gets a full scholarship to one of the best Music Theatre schools in Canada, the brothers relocate to the small town of Borrowwoods.
Being people of colour makes it hard for them to blend in, and Aaron identifying as gay doesn’t make it any easier.
As they try to make themselves at home and form new friendships as well as unexpected
relationships, they also deal with racism, homophobia, and colourism.
Created by Andrew Meikle, Two Brothers dives deep into the challenges of what a gay and black person faces in society, and how strength can be found through overcoming obstacles and finding the true value of your own voice and self-worth.
“During the quarantine I took the time to write the story of Two Brothers…” explains Meikle. “I was never good with words and expressing myself but when the Black Lives Matter movement happened, I knew I had to find a way to speak up. It’s a story that I am very passionate about, and tackles issues that need to be in the forefront.”
“Race is not the only issue we showcase in the show…” continues Meikle. “It has a huge focus on what goes on in the LGBTQ community as well. Our characters struggle with coming out, accepting who they are, and learning about the discrimination that goes on within the community itself. This story is so impactful, and my goal is to help people who are going through the same struggles as the characters. With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s important for a show like this to be seen. I’m positive that everyone who tunes in will be able to relate to one or more characters that they see. The black queer community needs to be seen and heard, and this is my way of doing it.”
As well as Meikle himself, the cast includes Meshach O’Brien, Allisha Pelletier, Taylor Wint, Tamara Marcano, Storm Clarke, Mike Haskins, Evan Boutsov, and Michael Spina.