Tender Napalm By Philip Ridley at The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Tender Napalm By Philip Ridley at The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Philip Ridley’s high impact two-handed play is set for a once off explosive performance in Tipperary’s Source Arts Centre.

Good Buzz Productions are delighted to bring back a reimagining of their 2016 smash hit Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley; a journey through the intense emotions and consuming desires that accompany love, A couple try to navigate their way through the minefield of their relationship leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Tender Napalm shows the destruction and recreation of two individuals as they grope through their shared memories to create an intimate and moving story.

Thurles’ Source Arts Centre becomes the battleground for this pair of lovers with dynamic performances by Meg Healy and Templemore native Stephen Tadgh to deliver a story that is stark and real.

“The start of war is the end of love.”


Meg Healy

Stephen Tadgh


Produced by Good Buzz Productions

Directed by Laura Bowler

Stage managed by Sinead Heavin

Lighting design by Bill Woodland

Sound design by Bill Woodland

Venue: The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Time: 8:00PM

Date: Friday May 5th

Admission: €10

Suitable for ages 15+


Philip Ridley (Born 1964 in East London) is an English storyteller working in a wide range of artistic mediums. In the visual arts, he has been cited as a contemporary to the ‘Young British Artists’, and has had his work exhibited internationally. As a novelist, he has created fiction for both children and adults, with him particularly having success and recognition as a children’s author.

As a playwright he has been cited as a major pioneer of ‘In-yer-face theatre’, with his debut play The Pitchfork Disney often considered to be “the key play” in the development of the style. The majority of his adult plays have been viewed as controversial, being met with both condemnation and high acclaim. One critic has stated, “Depending on your point of view, he’s either Britain’s sickest playwright or a singular, prolific, and amazingly visionary genius.”



Good Buzz is a rotating group of Theatre Makers. Founded by Tipperary artist, Stephen Tadgh in May 2013.

We like to make work that is

  • Affecting

  • Relevant

  • Fun

  • And that invites people to question the world around them.

We like to have a good time!

Previous work includes; Who’s a Pretty… [Insert Gender Here] (Smock Alley Theatre 2015), Helmets (Short Film 2015), Tender Napalm (Smock Alley Theatre 2016), Thorny Island (Short Film 2016) ‘I am Man’ (work in development, 2014 – 2016 with worldwide premier provisional scheduled in 2017)


Laura Bowler is a recent graduate of the Drama and Theatre studies degree at Trinity College, her focus throughout was in directing and her time in college culminated in a debate show of Marina Carr’s ‘On Raftery’s Hill. Between leaving college and beginning the master’s programme Laura directed a show in The Dublin Fringe festival and then produced a reworking of the same show later in the year.

Laura is one half of young Theatre company ‘BridgeTalk Theatre’ and has spent much of last year in research and development for upcoming shows. Her work is about humanity and communication which is gearing up to show in her latest production ‘Cora, Leah and I’ to premier in Dublin’s ‘New Theatre’ February 2017.


Meg graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a BA Hons degree in Drama Performance. Upon graduating, she co-founded The Sad Strippers Theatre Company, who debuted their first show ‘Pour It Out’ in the 2015 Collaborations Festival and more recently, performed their new

play ‘Triangles’ as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2016 and at The International in Dublin. Most recently Meg has completed a run of Barnstorm theatre’s ‘The Messenger’ in the Watergate Kilkenny and has most recently finished a run of ‘Pacemaker’ as with Sad Strippers TC.

Other credits include; ‘Trainspotting’ (Reality:Check Productions), ‘Crone Wood’ (Black Lodge Films), ‘Thorny Island’ (Good Buzz Productions) ‘Cradle’ (nominated for PPI Best Radio Drama Award), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Samuel Beckett Theatre) and ‘Talent Agents’ (Titanic Vision Entertainment).


Stephen Tadgh is a Tipperary Actor & Theatre Maker (family name, Stephen O’ Riordan) with additional bases in the UK, USA and Dublin. He received his BA in Drama & Performance from The Conservatory of Music & Drama in 2013 and since graduating has co- founded the multidisciplinary production company, ‘Good Buzz Productions’ where he continues to create & perform original work.

Most recently Stephen has wrapped on short film ‘Thorny Island “, shot up in Belfast the story looked at a fledgling couples journey to the UK for an abortion and is currently in post-production.

2016 saw Stephen’s debut in the Gaiety Theatre in Lisa Byrne’s “Midnight in the Republic’, which premiered as part of the 1916 centenary commemoration. 2016 has also seen Stephen has wrapping on “My Mother and Other Strangers” (BBC) along with playing the leading man in Philip Ridley’s explosive ‘Tender Napalm’ in Smock Alley Theatre.

The first quarter of 2017 for Stephen will see the return of Tender Napalm in the Source Arts Centre Thurles and the role of Mark in ‘Night Shift’ (Smock Alley Main Space)

Selected previous/Ongoing Work includes: Helmets’ (Studio Perform & Good Buzz Productions 2015), ‘Deadly’ (The Abbey Theatre), ‘Who’s a Pretty… [Insert Gender Here]’ (Good Buzz Productions, Smock Alley Boy’s School), ‘The Bachelor of Kilkish’ (Bottom Dog TC, Lime Tree Limerick), ‘Hamlet’ (The Shakespeare Workshops, Dublin School tour). ‘The Girl at the End of the World’ (Dervan Productions 2014)

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