DOI: 10.5040/9781784601676.00000003
Acts: 2. Scenes: 8. Roles: Male (6) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Robert Holman's play Holes in the Skin is about a group of troubled teenagers, and their equally disturbed adult counterparts, struggling to connect with one another on a deprived housing estate in North Yorkshire. It was first performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre on 13 June 2003.

The play begins in a council house in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. Fifteen-year-old Kerry and her mum Hazel have recently moved to the estate. Kerry hates it. She also hates Dennis, Hazel’s slimy new boyfriend. When she meets Luke, an ex-offender and heroin addict, in the playground, a spark of something is ignited between them. They are soon joined by Luke’s bullish older brother, Ewan, who temporarily diverts Kerry’s initial affections. Seeing her chance to punish Dennis for molesting her, Kerry asks Ewan to rough him up as punishment. However, when Ewan beats Dennis to death and Kerry provides Luke with a false alibi, it seems all their freedoms are at stake. The only person who can offer them shelter is local woman Freya, mother to 21-year-old Dominic. But it’ll take more than a change of scene to solve their problems.

The premiere production at Chichester Festival Theatre was directed by Simon Usher and designed by Anthony Lamble. The cast was Sarah Cattle, David Hounslow, Jane Hazlegrove, Andrew Sheridan, Daniel Abelson, Marion Bailey, Jamie Parker and Peter Sproule.

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Nick Hern Books

Robert Holman

ISBN: 9781854597472

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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