Winner of the Off West End Production (Plays) award 2023

Nominated for four Off West End Awards including Production, Acces and Lead Performance in a Play (Adam Fenton and Katie Erich)


★★★★★ “A vital, remarkable piece of theatre.” WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “Explosively funny…poetic writing and smashingly good performances.” The Times

★★★★ “Delicate yet brutally powerful play about love and loss.” The Guardian

★★★★ “Inclusive and succinctly powerful…never ceases to stimulate and entertain” Evening Standard

★★★★ “Unflinching…cuts straight to the core of the difficult and rarely acknowledged subject matter” The Stage 

Life’s always easier in retrospect. And I actually wouldn’t change what happened next for anything.
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.  

Recommended for ages 16+

This production is directed by Indiana Lown-Collins, winner of the JMK Award 2022. As a Director Indiana Lown-Collins’s credits include: The Purple Princess (Guildford Shakespeare Company) a devised TIE tour raising awareness of hidden disabilities based on her own life experiences; 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 Associate Director on Macbeth; 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 and The Legend of King Arthur. 


An Orange Tree Theatre production in association with The JMK Award.

The JMK Trust was founded in the memory James Menzies-Kitchin – a theatre director of thrilling promise – to give practical learning opportunities to theatre directors of similar ability and vision. The JMK Award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text.

The OT have produced two JMK Award-winning productions to critical acclaim: Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directed Little Baby Jesus by Arinzé Kene in 2019, and Diane Page directed Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act in 2021.

All performances are at full capacity unless otherwise stated. We ask you to please consider wearing a mask when joining us for a performance, to protect the actors and reduce risk of cancellations, however it is not a requirement of entry. Find out more about COVID-19 Safety



OT On Screen

The play will also be available to watch online from home via OT On Screen. 
Available to stream on demand at a time that suits you anytime between 7.30pm GMT on 15 November 2022 and 11.59pm GMT on 18 November BOOK HERE 


Rehearsal images by Shona Louise

Production images by Ellie Kurttz

PhilAdam Fenton
AliceKatie Erich
DirectorIndiana Lown-Collins
DesignerIca Niemz
Lighting DesignerJonathan Chan
Sound DesignerOliver Vibrans
Creative Captioner & Projections DesignerSarah Readman
Movement DirectorIsolte Avila
Intimacy Coordinator & DirectorAsha Jennings-Grant
BSL InterpreterDeborah McLeod
Access ConsultantLaura Guthrie
Casting ConsultantChristopher Worrall
Deputy Stage ManagerBryony Peach
Assistant Stage ManagerWaverley Moran