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The Lodger

The Lodger

By Robert Holman
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040382, 104 pages, September 2021


Sisters Dolly and Esther grow up in ultra-conservative Harrogate in the 1960s. Fifty years later, following the death of their mother, Dolly comes to stay with Esther – now a successful novelist and living in Little Venice with her younger, inscrutable lodger, Jude.

The three go to Norway to meet the rock-star grandfather Jude has only ever heard about. Instead, he meets Anila who changes his world. To make a new future, these four people will have to be honest, heal old wounds – and two sisters learn to laugh together again.

The Lodger by Robert Holman is an enlightening, cathartic and acerbic play about identity, maturity and reconciliation. 


"Robert Holman [is] the most instinctive and humane of British playwrights."

- Evening Standard

"Great riches... A story of sisters and midlife reckonings, [Robert Holman's play] puts two older women centre stage and comes with a seismic sibling betrayal... stuffed full of wise statements about life, love and death."

- Guardian