Holes in the Skin

By Robert Holman

June 2017

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.