Solid Air

A Drum Theatre Plymouth Production

Solid Air

by Doug Lucie


Thursday 7 - Saturday 23 November 2013 Download Calendar

The Drum


Look, here we are with time to kill, enough hash brownies to get the entire population of Oxford high and two guitars. Let’s just jam, man, like the old days.

An Oxford College Ball, June 1973. Genius folk musician John Martyn is on the bill and he’s brought along his equally brilliant friend, Nick Drake. Despite their wildly different natures – John is a maverick; charming, brash and reckless, whilst Nick is shy and pensive – the two are close friends. But whereas Martyn’s career has taken off with the release of his groundbreaking album, Solid Air, Nick’s has stalled after his last effort, Pink Moon. And he doesn’t want to talk about it.

Backstage, between sets, the two musicians hook up with an unlikely crew – Ball Committee Rep, Anthony Blair, his date Sarah (who has dreams of joining the RSC), anti-ball protestor Dave (who isn’t supposed to be there) and off-duty Special Forces squaddie, George. Fuelled by hash brownies, crates of alcohol, lobster and crisps, the party spend a reflective night bantering, bickering, making music and singing.

Exploring themes of artistic purity vs commercial realism, social mobility and friendship, Solid Air is a funny and moving play echoing sentiments of today’s social disparity.

A Drum Theatre Plymouth Production.

Recommended for everyone aged 14+.

Post Show Q&A: Thursday 14th November.

The Assistant Director’s Diary

Jennifer Tang is currently assisting Mike Bradwell on our production of Solid Air. See Jennifer’s diary from the rehearsals.

Schools Workshop

Solid Air Page to Stage
14th November 2013 at 3.30pm – 5pm in The Drum, £3 per person.

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:

All concessions:

Friday Fiver:
£5 tickets (on day of performance only)

Please note: A 70p per ticket booking fee applies on all orders, plus an additional 80p postage fee per transaction for tickets that are mailed to customers. Not all concessions are available online. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.


…a theatrical treat, well written and brilliantly acted. An absolute triumph which stays with you long after the lights go up.

Solid Air is a superb, beautiful, thought provoking piece of new theatre that rewards the audience from the moment they walk in until the final applause has died away.

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