DOI: 10.5040/9781784601362.00000005
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (2) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Tom Basden's play Holes is an apocalyptic comedy in which four survivors of a plane crash realise they may be all that's left of the human race. It was first performed on 4 August 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a production by The Invisible Dot Ltd.

When a plane crash kills all but four of its passengers, the survivors are left stranded on a desert island. Gus, Marie and Ian are colleagues who were on their way to a conference, whilst the other is a lone teenage girl, Erin. After trying to send out a Mayday message through the radio, they are stunned to discover that a nuclear catastrophe has wiped out the entire civilised world. Now it’s up to them to try and preserve the knowledge built up by centuries of human civilisation and to argue about which of the men gets to propagate the human race with the unfortunate Erin.

The Edinburgh Fringe premiere was directed by Phillip Breen and designed by Rhys Jarman, with Matthew Baynton as Gus, Bebe Cave as Erin, Daniel Rigby as Ian and Katy Wix as Marie.

The play opened in London at the Arcola Tent on 16 July 2014 in a production also directed by Phillip Breen and designed by Rhys Jarman, with the same cast except for Sharon Singh playing Erin and Elizabeth Berrington playing Marie.

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Nick Hern Books

Tom Basden

ISBN: 9781848424388

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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