We're thrilled to announce the full cast and creative team for Jack Thorne’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water.

Don't miss out on limited tickets from £15, with previews from 15 October.  

Alice and Phil bare every messy, painful, hilarious, irritating, delightful, loving detail of their relationship as it bends and shifts to everything life throws at them. Nothing goes unshared…

Writer Jack Thorne (Channel 4’s Skins and This Is England) thrillingly amplifies disabled voices in this witty, impassioned and intimate play. Following its 2015 premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production, The Solid Life of Sugar Water went on a UK tour and transferred to the National Theatre for a critically acclaimed run in 2016.

Katie Erich plays Alice. Her theatre credits include Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse – nominated for The Stage Debut Award for Best Performer in a Play), Different Owners at Sunrise (The Roundhouse), Aladdin (CAST), and for television, Doctors.

Adam Fenton plays Phil. As an actor, their credits include Living Archive (Royal Court), Rogue Comet(s) (HOME), Talking Bodies (Hot Coals Theatre), Not Serious (Oldham Coliseum), The Howling (Graeae Theatre Company) and //Tuning In// (Theatre by the Lake).

As a director Indiana Lown-Collins’s credits include The Purple Princess (Guildford Shakespeare Company) a devised TIE tour raising awareness of non-visible disabilities based on her own life experiences and The Last Supper (Fresh Direction ‘Replay Project’ The Young Vic). Other credits include Assistant Director on Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe), Movement Director on The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (GSC); Associate Director on Merrily We Roll Along (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Assistant Director on All’s Well That Ends Well (Jermyn Street Theatre), Cinderella (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); A Woman Alone (Etcetera Theatre); All Aboard (Electric Theatre); Language coach on Strictly Ballroom the Musical (Leeds Playhouse). Indiana was the Assistant Director and Producer at the Guildford Shakespeare Company (2019-2021) where she was assistant director on As You Like It, She Stoops to Conquer, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Robin Hood, Alice and Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, The Legend of King Arthur and Associate Director on Macbeth.

Jack Thorne is a playwright and screenwriter. His playwriting credits include The End of History, Hope, Let The Right One In (Royal Court), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre/Lyric Theatre New York/Princess Theatre, Melbourne), A Christmas Carol, Woyzeck (The Old Vic) and Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic). As a screenwriter for television, his credits include Then Barbara Met Alan, Help, His Dark Materials, Kiri, National Treasure, This is England, Skins, The Fades, Cast Offs and The Accident, and for film; The Scouting Book for Boys, War Book, Don’t Take My Baby, The Last Panthers, Wonder, The Aeronauts and Enola Holmes.

Ica Niemz is a designer. Their recent design work includes Gender Messy (Cambridge Junction), Window of RemembranceTrans Week of Visibility/Day of Remembrance (Studio 3 Arts), Outside (Space Theatre), The Purple Princess (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Beige (Vault Festival/Online), LDN Dares Vogue (Shakespeare’s Globe), Journey’s of Destiny (Derby Theatre), I Saw a Monster (National Maritime Museum) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Eastville Park Lido). Ica was awarded a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Fellowhip as Assistant Designer with Wildworks 2021-2022. 

Completing the creative team are Jonathan Chan (Lighting Designer), Oliver Vibrans (Sound Designer), Sarah Readman (Creative Captioner & Projections Designer), Isolte Avila (Movement Director), Asha Jennings-Grant (Intimacy Coordinator & Director), Deborah McLeod (BSL Interpreter) and Laura Guthrie (Access Consultant) and Christopher Worrall (Casting Consultant), Bryony Peach (Deputy Stage Manager) and Waverley Moran (Assistant Stage Manager). 

With performances from 15 October to 12 November, The Solid Life of Sugar Water will also be available to watch on demand via OT On Screen from 15 to 18 October.  

Creative captioning will be integrated into every performance. 

Audio described performances: 26 Oct 7.30pm, 1 Nov 7.30pm, 5 Nov 2.30pm, 10 Nov 7.30pm 

Relaxed performances: 3 Nov 2.30pm, 9 Nov 7.30pm 

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