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Welsh premiers of controversial new dramas by Philip Ridley     

Welsh premiers of controversial new dramas by Philip Ridley

This April and May Company of Sirens present for the first time in Wales two of the most talked about British plays of recent years, Tender Napalm and Mercury Fur.

Tender Napalm
“I could squeeze a bullet between those lips, point first”

A man and woman are in love, but something terrible has happened to them, they take refuge in their secret places, those places we hide from everyone but our lovers.

Explosive, poetic and brutal, the play weaves a compelling tapestry to re-examine and re-define the language of love and how that love struggles in the face of catastrophe.

Mercury Fur
“I love you so much I could burst into flames”

This play caused a sensation when it was first presented in a legendary production by Paines Plough.
In a city ravaged by riots and hallucinogenic butterflies, brothers Elliot and Duncan survive by organising “parties” where their clients wildest fantasies are realised. As they prepare a derelict flat for the next event it becomes clear this particular party will guarantee not just their safety but their salvation.

About the Author
Playwright Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He is a contemporary artist, poet, novelist, film-maker and one of the country's most celebrated living playwrights. Ridley has been described as 'probably a genius' (Time Out), 'a visionary' (Rolling Stone), 'the master of modern myth' (Guardian) and 'the best British playwright of the last 20 years'.

About Company of Sirens
Company of Sirens was founded in 2009 to present productions of uncompromising contemporary texts to Welsh audiences for the first time. Recent productions are Anthony Neilson’s Stitching and The Censor, Sean Tyrone by Mark Ryan, Revelation by Patrick Jones and Troyanne by Ian Rowlands. The Company will be presenting a new production of Philip Ridley’s controversial play Mercury Fur in May.

“Company of Sirens work is steely, unflinching and entirely unsentimental” New Welsh Review

Directed by Chris Durnall

Cast: Matthew Bulgo and Jannah Warlow

Designer : Bethany Seddon
Lighting : Jane Lalljee
Sound : Dan Lawrence

Produced in association with Theatre Iolo and Chapter Arts Centre
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the National Lottery

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TENDER NAPALM :22nd to 26th April 2014 at 8.00pm and
29th to 31st May 2014 at 8.00pm
MERCURY FUR : 27th and 28th May at 7.30pm
Venue: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff


The performance of Tender Napalm on Tuesday April 22nd will be followed by a question and answer session with author Philip Ridley
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