The Solid Life of Sugar Water


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth & Graeae Theatre Company

Written by

Jack Thorne


Jack Thorne’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences alike at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with The Times calling it “startlingly good”.

Phil and Alice are in love. Phil and Alice are healing wounds. Phil and Alice are desperate to communicate.

Candid, uninhibited and visceral, this new play from the award winning Jack Thorne is an intimate, tender portrait of loss, hurt and recovery.

Jack Thorne’s previous credits include Let the Right One In and Hope For The Stage, as well as television dramas Glue, Skins, Shameless and This is England. His new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will open in the West End in 2016.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Monday 8th June – Saturday 13th June 2015

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Fringe
Wednesday 5th August- Sunday 30th August 2015

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 30 January  2016

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 February 2016

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 February 2016

The Dukes, Lancaster
Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 February 2016

Hull Truck Theatre
Thursday 18 – Sat 20 February 2016

Cambridge Junction
Monday 22 February 2016

National Theatre, London
Friday 26 February – Saturday 19 March 2016


★★★★★ (The Observer, UK Theatre Web)

★★★★ (The Scotsman, The Herald, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph,
The Guardian, Financial Times, The Stage, FEST, The List, ThreeWeeks, Broadway Baby,
British Theatre Guide,Time Out, The Week) 

“Startlingly good… unflinching but generous. Grisly by lovely”
The Times

“Sweet and funny moments abound in Jack Throne’s script. They are beautifully fielded by Genevieve Barr (Alice) and Arthur Hughes (Phil) who present every stage of the couple’s relationship with warmth and disarming candour”
The Observer

“Jack Thorne’s multi-layered two-hander for Graeae – about a couple grieving for their stillborn child – has no happy ever after, but is rewarding to watch… Amit Sharma’s spot-on production”
The Guardian


Arthur Hughes

Genevieve Barr

Creative Team

Jack Thorne

Amit Sharma

Set & Costume Designer
Lily Arnold

Lighting Designer
Ian Scott

Sound Designer
Lewis Gibson

Casting Director
Sarah Hughes