Tender Napalm


Philip Ridley, one of the most vibrant English contemporaries when it comes to playwriting, has jotted down a seemingly mundane story: a man and a woman dissect their relationship. Instead of an ordinary argument a colorful, poetic, and brutal fantasy world comes to life! The man and woman wield their memory and imagination to fight a merciless fight for truth and love. Their intense journey takes them to a lonely island, to the bottom of the ocean and at the end of things they arrive at the beginning – their first chance encounter.

According to the Guardian: “Ridley’s play is completely and dizzyingly of itself. The writing seethes and burns. It goes not just into the bedroom, but into the mind, the secret places that we hide from everyone except lovers. Seldom has sexual love been explored on stage with such ferocious honesty, brutality and melting tenderness.”

Premiered on December 19th, 2022 at Sakala 3 theater house.

The production is in one act and lasts 95 minutes.

The production uses crass language, cigarette smoke, stage smoke and flashing lights.

The production is not recommended for viewers under 16 years of age.

NB! Late admissions will not be admitted and the tickets will not be refunded. 



Philip Ridley
Translator and Director:
Illimar Vihmar
Lighting designer:
Video designer:
Hanna Junti
Pääru Oja
Rebeca Rosalie Parbus

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