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.

Tom is one of the country’s most exciting young writers. Matthew Lutton is one of the country’s most original young directors. Their collaboration began with Griffin Theatre Company’s Don’t Say the Words at the Stables in 2008. We’ve teamed up with Griffin and Western Australia’s ThinIce to give Tom and Matthew room to dream large. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Belvoir St.


Luke Hewitt
Belinda McClory
Kris McQuade
Arky Michael
Colin Moody


By Tom Holloway
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Designer Adam Gardnir
Composer & Sound Designer Kelly Ryall
Stage Manager Nell Ranney
Assistant Stage Manager Lydia Sarks



Thought provoking, challenging … with superb direction from Lutton, this play may leave you discussing the themes of the narrative for hours after you’ve seen it.

Anna Locke | Australian Stage

… a resonant play that confirms Holloway as among the best stage writers in the country right now.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Dazzingly scripted by Tom Holloway, cannily directed by Matt Lutton.

The West Australian

Tom Holloway is one of the rising stars of Australian theatre.

The Age

Love Me Tender brings two of Australia’s best young theatre makers together.

Perth Now