The Solid Life of Sugar Water

Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth to premiere new Jack Thorne play, The Solid Life of Sugar Water

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Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth are delighted to announce the world première of Jack Thorne’s new play, The Solid Life of Sugar Water, previewing at Theatre Royal Plymouth, prior to a run at the Pleasance Dome as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.

A tender, compelling and unsettling play, The Solid Life of Sugar Water follows the journey of a young couple, Phil and Alice, as they attempt to rediscover their relationship following a stillbirth. The Solid Life of Sugar Water is a play about love, loss and the ways in which two people in a relationship deal with tragedy.

Jack Thorne is an award-winning writer for stage, television and film. He recently adapted the cult-novel and film Let the Right One In for the stage, which played to sell-out audiences at the Royal Court, in London’s West End and in New York. He previously collaborated with Graeae on co-writing the radio adaptation of Hunchback. For television, his credits include Glue, Skins, Shameless and This is England. For Graeae, Amit Sharma co-directed the outdoor spectacle Prometheus Awakes in 2012 and directed Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man, which toured nationally and internationally.

The role of Phil will be played by Arthur Hughes, who has acted in several productions for the Richard Burton Company and was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2013, for which he won the Carelton Hobbs Award. The role of Alice will be played by Genevieve Barr, best known for BBC One primetime drama The Silence for which she received BAFTA and International Emmy nominations for Best Actress. Additionally, she has appeared in Channel 4’s Shameless, also written by Jack Thorne.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water will include a creative combination of captioning and audio description.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water is on sale now and will be performed in The Drum at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from Monday 8th to Saturday 13th June. Book your tickets at

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