The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Pleasance Dome

Solid Life of Sugar Water

The Solid Life of Sugar Water is a story about a couple who meet at the Post Office. It is written by Jack Thorne. Best of all, the chemistry between Phil (Arthur Hughes) and Alice (Genevive Barr) radiates with exuberance. Amit Sharma’s production is a playful and passionate piece of work that is full of pathos. Both actors lend their roles a sound emotional complexity, sidelining any tedious moral response to the social and sexual issues at the heart of this play.

Jack Thorne’s clever writing fires on all cylinders. Is the ultimate goal to root around in the dark side of passion?

The Solid Life of Sugar Water is devastatingly emotional without crossing the line of sentimentality. There is a strong sense of treading the line of ?TOO MUCH INFORMATION?, particularly when the couple describe in detail what makes their juices flow.

The duo’s commitment to storytelling give this intimate performance real magic. Graeae are a mixed ability company concerned with real people in the real world. The themes of sexual identity and candid love and loss separate it from more wholesome, reassuring plays.

This is not a story about disability, but about a relationship that fragments as a result of a trauma.

Lily Arnonld’s set is excellent, a full size bed lining the back of the set and resonated as an extension of the intimacy between the pair. What struck me most was the raucous allure of the characters and the dynamic between them. The real joy comes during the miscommunication (one is deaf and one has a physical disability) between the pair and the unflinching details that are not spared on us, the audience.

It’s probably worth mentioning Thorne is currently working on the Harry Potter play opening at the Palace Theatre next summer.