'I think it is the best time to bring a little girl in to the world.'


On a simple stage – a dreamed-up version of the Australian backyard – five actors tease out the story of a father and his daughter.

Blurring character and perspective, their fluid accounts morph seamlessly between observation and intention, postulation and provocation, cajolement and confession. By the story’s end, a dream of modern life has become a searing tragedy of leadership and sacrifice.

Love Me Tender is formally inventive, rich in beauty and emotional power. Inspired by Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, playwright Tom Holloway and director Matthew Lutton are two of Australia’s most exciting and original theatre artists. Griffin premiered their first highly acclaimed collaboration, Don’t Say The Words, back in 2008. This time we’ve teamed up with Company B Belvoir and ThinIce to present this audacious new work at the Belvoir St Theatre.

Cast & Creatives

Director Matthew Lutton
Designer Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Sound Designer/Composer Kelly Ryall
Cast Luke Hewitt, Belinda McClory, Kris McQuade, Arky Michael, Colin Moody

Performance Times

Previews 18 & 19 March

Season 21 March – 11 April
Tuesday 6:30pm
Wednesday-Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm and 8pm
Sunday 5pm


‘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.’ Australian Stage

‘a resonant play that confirms Holloway as among the best stage writers in the country right now.’
Sydney Morning Herald

‘Dazzingly scripted by Tom Holloway, cannily directed by Matt Lutton.’ The West Australian

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

‘Tom Holloway is one of the rising stars of Australian theatre.’ The Age

Matthew Lutton … is fast establishing his reputation as one of Australian theatre’s most exceptional talents.’ WA Today