Up In Arms and the Orange Tree Theatre in association with Reading Rep present


by Robert Holman

‘My favourite living writer’ Simon Stephens

A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, a death – German Skerries fills the stage with the meetings and departures that make us human.

It’s 1977, and Martin, Jack, Michael and Carol are staring out into the future. Around a popular birdwatching spot overlooking the mouth of the Tees, their lives intertwine to create an uplifting portrait of human hope and vulnerability.

The first major revival of this richly resonant drama which won renowned playwright Robert Holman the George Devine Award. His incredible career spans four decades including the plays Making Noise Quietly, Across Oka and the recent A Breakfast of Eels.

Produced with the award-winning Up In Arms, a touring theatre company led by director Alice Hamilton and writer Barney Norris. Their productions of Norris’ plays Visitors and Eventide received critical acclaim at the Arcola, Bush Theatre and on tour, picking up nine Off West End Award nominations between them.

“Alice Hamilton’s excellent production is like a minor key Jerusalem.” Michael Billington, The Guardian, on Eventide at the Arcola

An Orange Tree Theatre and Up in Arms co-production, in association with Reading Rep

Following its run at the Orange Tree, German Skerries tours to Reading Rep, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, Dukes Theatre Lancaster and Hull Truck.



George Evans - Jack

Henry Everett - Michael

Katie Moore - Carol

Howard Ward - Martin


Writer | Robert Holman

Director | Alice Hamilton

Designer | James Perkins

Lighting Designer | Simon Gethin Thomas

Sound Designer | George Dennis

Stage Manager | Tara Claxton

Deputy Stage Manager | Charlie Young

Casting Supervisor | Charlotte Sutton

Costume Supervisor | Victoria Smart

Production Manager | Nick May

Producer | Chloe Courtney



Orange Tree Theatre, 3rd March to 2nd April 2016

Reading Rep, 6th - 9th April 2016

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 13th - 16th April 2016

Dukes Theatre Lancaster, 20th - 21st April 2016

Hull Truck Theatre, 22nd - 23rd April 2016