'On an expectant stage - a dreamscape of an Australian backyard - five actors tease out the story of a father and daughter. They question each other, they watch each other, they confess, they draw each other along. By the end of the story, modern life has been engulfed in fire, and a tale of pure love has become a tragedy of leadership and sacrifice.
'Love Me Tender is a play of beauty and emotional power. Inspired by Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, Tom Holloway has orchestrated a thrilling vision of contemporary Australia drawn from our experiences of the Black Saturday bushfires, of raunch culture and pre-teen sexuality, and of our domestic rituals. This is exquisite writing about our fears and expectations of fathers, about the extremities of love, and about the need for action when the world comes undone.'
Source: Belvoir Street Theatre website, http://www.belvoir.com.au/
First produced by Company B, as a co-production with Griffin Theatre Company and ThinIce.
Played at Belvoir Street Theatre, 24 February 2010.
Played at the Stables (Griffin Theatre Company), 18 March - 11 April 2010.
Director: Matthew Lutton.
Designer: Adam Gardnir.
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris.
Sound Designer/Composer: Kelly Ryall.
Cast: Luke Hewitt, Belinda McClory, Kris McQuade, Arky Michael, and Colin Moody.
Presented by Mutation Theatre in association with Theatre Works, the Victorian premiere was performed at Theatre Works, St Kilda, 20 February - 2 March 2013.
Director: Patrick McCarthy.
Dramaturg: Brienna Macnish.
Set Designer: Ashlee Hughes.
Lighting Designer: Lisa Mibus.
Sound Designer: Tommy Spender.
Costume Designer: Zoe Rouse.
Cast: Brendan Barnett, Matthew Epps, Sarah Ogden, Nick Pelomis, and James Tresise.