Tender Napalm

A co-production with Theatre by the River.


“There’s napalm in your breath, my love.”

A visceral, passionate and violent dissection of a relationship. Time and space remain unspecific in this explosive, imaginative script where a Man and a Woman create, destroy and inhabit their own private universe.

A relationship that starts out as “you and me against the world” can turn into “you against me” without you even realizing it and there’s a razor-sharp line that divides a shudder of ecstasy from a sob- Jill Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press 10/13/2017.

Leitold and Thordarson’s energy never flags in director Brenda McLean’s stylish and unflinching production. They deliver electric performances, deftly wrangling Ridley’s challenging wordplay. They commit themselves passionately to the alternatingly ugly and gentle nature of the script, and the results are engrossing, if sometimes confounding- Joff Schmidt, CBC 10/14/2017

Tender Napalm is an immersive theatrical experience taking place on the top floor of 245 McDermot Avenue (Creative Manitoba). The piece will open in the Sacred Circle with Philip Ridley’s poetic sequence, Lovesongs For Extinct Creatures, followed by a brief intermission before moving into the main performance space.

Show times: Oct 11th to 21st, 2017


Philip Ridley

(Prologue/Love Songs for Extinct Creatures)
Mel Marginet
Derek Leenhouts
Ali Robson

(Tender Napalm)
Daina Leitold
Karl Thordarson

Brenda McLean

Assistant Director:
Christopher Sobczak

Production Design:
Eric Bossé and Brenda McLean

Sound Design:
Leigh Anne Parry

Grant Guy

Stage Manager:
Leigh Anne Parry