Love Me Tender


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 catastrophic bushfires, of raunch culture and pre-teen sexuality, and of our domestic rituals. This is exquisite writing about our fears, the expectations of fathers, the extremities of love, and the need for action when the world becomes undone.

"A resonant play that confirms Holloway as among the best stage writers in the country right now." - Sydney Morning Herald

  • 0
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 36

EXTRACT: ..out of the car I see his eyes. Grey. Shallow. He doesn't squint from the brightness of the sun. He doesn't seem to feel the burn of it on his skin or the immense heat of it on his brow. He walks over and shoots another cow in the head. More blood. Again the animal falls to the ground. Again he does not flinch at the sound of the gun or the blood of the animal or by being faced with death that has come from his hands. This is not right. This is not what we are here for.

Adult themes


Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 43

EXTRACT: Hello./I don't mean to/I don't normally come in to places like this./Bars./Pubs./You know? /But I/Well I need to/To talk to a stranger/You know?/You know how sometimes you wish you could just/ Just find someone/Someone you don't/That doesn't know you or/Or your situation/So you can just get some/Some stuff off your chest?/You know? know?


Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 69

EXTRACT: And I look back at her. Barely thirteen I would say. This little girl. On the road. Like she was running across the highway. She has these boots on and a mini-skirt but she could barely be more than thirteen or fourteen years old and if I didn't do that. If I didn't shoot her, the way she was going... The was she was stumbling, who knows what might have happened? If I didn't shoot her who knows how it would have ended? Who knows?

Adult themes



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