Holes in the Skin
By Robert Holman
Director: Penelope Cherns
Lighting Designer: James Marshall
Company: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Venue: Linbury Studio
Photos: Richard Hubert Smith. © LAMDA 2017
Holes in the Skin is a heavy piece, following the life of a teenage girl in rural Yorkshire as she suffers abuse and struggles to find a place for herself and understand her own value. The piece is seemingly naturalistic with an unexpected layer of magical realism flowing underneath. I wanted to create a world that felt fabricated, to surround the very real and struggling characters in a painting that demonstrated the simple and picturesque ideal of rural north England to juxtapose their own lived experience of it.