Preview: Tender Napalm, SUSU Theatre Group

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Theatre Group are back this week with their final show of the academic year, and it promises to be like nothing you’ve seen the group do before.

Sam Dobson and Emily Bradshaw star as a Philip Ridley’s lost young couple living in their own imaginary world. Dropping in on their final rehearsal, the pair promise dynamic, full-throttle performances of lust, grief, confusion and fear. The entire performance takes place among their messy, sweaty bedsheets, but between them they bring Ridley’s lyrical text to life and build vivid worlds in front of the audience’s eyes.

Following the recent success of two-hander This Wide Night, it seems that Theatre Group are leaning towards more intimate, smaller-cast productions that allow their very best talent to shine. This is absolutely the case with Tender Napalm – Dobson has highly acclaimed recent productions to his name as actor (Tape, Equusand director (Love Song), while relative newcomer Bradshaw is already making a name for herself, following a commendable debut in Romeo and Juliet with her first directorial effort, This Wide Night, earning praise across the board earlier this term.

If you like your theatre extremely loud and incredibly close, Tender Napalm will float your boat. This fresh, dynamic production will hold you captive long after you leave the room.

Tender Napalm is showing in Lecture Theatre A, The Nuffield from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th May. Tickets are available to reserve here.

 

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What do you do with a BA in English? Well, not a lot, which is why Caitlin also works as Deputy Editor here as well as being Head of Events and Marketing for SUSU Performing Arts, on top of blogging and communications for SUSU. After spending an unhealthy amount of her adolescence on the stage, she's taken to slagging other people off for their efforts. Aspiring theatre critic and all-round sassy queen.

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