As We Forgive

Tom Holloway’s latest play, written as a vehicle for actor Robert Jarman, is spell-binding, gut-wrenching, and shockingly subversive.”

Artshub ★★★★☆

Two of Tasmania’s eminent theatre practitioners, Robert Jarman and Tom Holloway, come together in this absorbing premiere production about the motives, the methods and the meaning of forgiveness. This solo play has been written by Tom Holloway especially for Robert Jarman and is directed by the award-winning Julian Meyrick.

In this elegantly and meticulously prepared drama, Jarman tells three separate, unrelated stories of solitary men, who are injured, grieving, yet gregarious; who must each confront the fact, and act of forgiveness in their lives.

An elderly man finds his world shattered when he is the subject of a brutal home invasion. Rather than play the victim, he plots his revenge, in a most surprising way.

Layers of deceit are stripped away as a middle-aged man relives moments of his life, which has known trauma and betrayal o trust.

A very ordinary man, faceless, anonymous; but there’s a lot going on behind those empty eyes.

Jarman, well remembered for his acclaimed performance in I Am My Own Wife, juggles the anguish of his different characters in different yet linked circumstances, accompanied on stage by a lone cellist.

Holloway, whose work shines for its subtlety, integrity and grace is a multi-award-winning playwright and has been performed in the Gate Theatre and Hampstead Theatre in London.

Perfectly accompanied by cellist, Anthony Morgan, with a score composed by Raffaele Marcellino, As We Forgive is a searing investigation of contemporary morality in language both implacable and sparse.

Tom Holloway is now firmly established as one of the hottest writers in the country”

Sam Strong, Artistic Director Queensland Theatre Company


Tom Holloway

Director & Dramaturg
Julian Meyrick

Set Designers
Jill Munro
Julian Meyrick

Lighting Designer
Nicholas Higgins

Raffaele Marcellino

Antony Morgan

Robert Jarman

Stage Manager
Jill Munro

Lighting operater
Gareth Kays

A Performing Lines TAS’ production

Information for Presenters

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

The play, commissioned by Performing Lines TAS, has been selected as part of the “Collected Works Australia 2013” for the Centenary of Canberra celebrations soon after its national debut during Ten Days.


Photographer Lisa Garland

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