Robert Holman

Jonah and Otto (NHB Modern Plays)

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Robert Holman's Jonah and Otto is a humane, funny and ultimately haunting play that explores masculinity, identity and what it means to be English.
Over the course of a single day, two men share their solitude and unfold their secrets. They disagree with each other about women, about lust and about guilt. They question the power of magic, of redemption and the price of freedom, each seeing himself more clearly through the eyes of the other.
Jonah and Otto premiered in 2008 at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. This edition was published alongside its London premiere at the Park Theatre in 2014.
'extraordinary… Robert Holman's achingly beautiful new play takes you into other worlds, but it is rooted firmly in this one… a recklessly courageous play about two men struggling to find the courage to live, love and to be the best possible version of themselves' – Guardian
'a quiet power… Robert Holman's plays rumble and reverberate in the mind long afterwards' – The Times
'astonishing… Brimming with emotional wonder, Jonah and Otto is an intricately layered creation that hums hypnotically' – Independent
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57 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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