It’s the hot, humid, sticky summer of 1977. At a popular birdwatching spot jutting out into the North Sea at the mouth of the Tees, Martin, Jack, Michael and Carol are staring out into the future, their lives intertwined.
A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, and a death – the gatherings and departures that make us human. Robert Holman’s richly resonant play is an uplifting portrait of human hope and vulnerability.
German Skerries was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, and won the George Devine Award in the year that it is set. It was revived in 2016 at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in a co-production with the award-winning Up in Arms Theatre Company, followed by a tour around the UK.
‘Wise, touching… [a] prescient little gem’
— Financial Times
‘A still, beautiful forgotten classic… [Holman’s] work tends to chronicle the quiet moments, what passes in the pauses between people… But his un-showiness isn’t fuzzy. His grip on human nature is tender, but it’s firm.’
— Time Out
‘An extraordinarily rich portrait of people trying to work out how to live… Holman seizes your attention through stealth’
‘Wonderfully clever and theatrically brilliant… delicate and subtle’
— The Arts Desk
Winner: George Devine Award, 1977