Love is like a desert island in Philip Ridley’s 2011 play, one that recognizes that in the very seeds of love lies its destruction, the possibility that the words I love you and I hate you are close cousins. I saw the premiere of this back in 2011 and it was electrifying, in no small part due to a brilliant production and two razor sharp performances. It will be interested to see how it stands up in this 10th anniversary revival directed by Max Harrison for Lidless Theatre. Well worth a look, particularly in the wake of the pandemic which has made us redefine the language of love and loss.
'I could push a bullet between those lips. Gently. I wouldn't break a single tooth' Philip Ridley's seminal Tender Napalm was hailed an instant classic when it premiered in 2011. Named Best Show by the Observer, Time Out and The Guardian, it has since been performed worldwide. The show now makes its long overdue return. Two lovers. A desert Island. Sea serpents. UFOs. Tsunamis. Unicorns. Atomic bombs. What is this thing...called love?