The Holiday (Quilter)

by  Peter Quilter

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Shelley and Bobby are getting divorced, but that hasn't stopped them from going on a final holiday together in Spain. Despite their best int…

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The Holiday (Quilter)

by  Peter Quilter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Shelley and Bobby are getting divorced, but that hasn't stopped them from going on a final holiday together in Spain. Despite their best intentions to keep things civilised, Shelley gets drunk and flirtatious on cocktails and Bobby threatens to fly home early. Eventually nostalgia for the happy times they had together wins through, and they agree to end the holiday - and the marriage - amicably. This play may be performed individually or as the third act in Duets, a comedy in four acts.
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"This bittersweet quick-change comedy is streaked with pathos and is effortlessly charming, with each character sketched with verve and skill."  -  Sydney Morning Herald

"Quilter's understanding of human desires and quirks is on show and probed so endearingly ... A warm and funny exploration of love and other bruises."  -  Daily Telegraph

"Compelling, dense, funny and varied ... The language is always beautifully rendered, character-specific, and emotionally satisfying ... a play to be treasured!"   -   Atlanta Theater Review

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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The living room of an apartment.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


1m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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Premiere 2009 at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney Australia.  The show has since been performed in over 20 countries.

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