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A Tender Thing

A Tender Thing

By Ben Power
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420823, 64 pages, October 2009


Another Romeo and another Juliet in a strikingly different love story.

Ben Power weaves the text of Romeo and Juliet into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice. Re-imagining Shakespeare's story, A Tender Thing is an elegiac yet ultimately hopeful account of the human capacity for love. 

Shakespeare's timeless poetry provides the backdrop for this delicate and moving account of old age, memory and the demands we make of those we love. When a married couple discover that their lifetime together is drawing to a close, they realise they cannot contemplate being apart.

A Tender Thing was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Northern Stage, Newcastle, in 2009.



'A wonderfully crafted reworking... extraordinary'



'Power's ingenious reorganisation pays off handsomely... what did Shakespeare know?'

- The Guardian

'Incredibly effective, the language made fresh, its nerve endings exposed.'

- The Stage