The Solid Life of Sugar Water (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

credit: Patrick Baldwin

Vivid and sexually intense story on how to overcome the loss of a baby

Phil and Alice's grief for their stillborn child has torn them apart as a couple. Desperately trying to rediscover their sexual chemistry, the play begins with the characters adrift, lacking any connection to each other after going through such trauma.

Genevieve Barr (Alice) and Arthur Hughes (Phil) describe and enact the tiniest and most awkward sexual details, but The Solid Life of Sugar Water is foremost a touching and believable love story. As their relationship, begins to redevelop, they go back in time to re-live the first time they met, their first date, the first time their hands touch, their first kiss... and they slowly fall back in love.

Cunningly, Sugar Water turns its back on the obvious dramatic approach to telling a story of loss, the dialogue having just the right touch of comedy. And it's a fast-paced show too, with constant jumps in time and space.

It's a dynamic, if occasionally repetitive, script from playwright Jack Thorne, who's one of the UK's most in-demand dramatic writers right now (he's enjoyed recent success with Let the Right One In and is currently working on the Harry Potter play opening at the Palace Theatre next summer). Together with strong performances from Barr and Hughes, this redemptive, moving story is brought to life.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 24), 4pm, £7.50-£10 (£6.50-£9).

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

  • 4 stars

Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth 'It's not like riding a bike. Sex. It's far more complicated.' Phil and Alice are in love – familiar, flawed, ordinary love. Phil and Alice are on a journey, but this journey doesn't have an A to Z. Tender and compelling, this world premiere from award-winning playwright…