FINAL PERFORMANCES

THE SUGAR SYNDROME

24 January 2020 – 22 February 2020

by Lucy Prebble


“I love it… The level of control and tension in both Toeman’s direction and Chi-San Howard’s movement is never dropped… Rebecca Brower’s design of the production also compliments the bleakness of Dani’s world beautifully” A Younger Theatre

“Slyly audacious, spinning our sympathies, sliding under the skin… Oscar Toeman, who directs, has a real gift for gauging the space between actors: the air feels charged as they edge close or shuffle at an awkward distance" The Sunday Times 

“A really excellent revival... a journey into the murkier recesses of the human heart” The Art Desk 

“This is the play that started it all for Lucy Prebble… a sharp-edged, provocative piece… features a debut performance from Jessica Rhodes that is surely the start of another stellar career.” The Times

Currently a writer on Succession, Lucy Prebble’s talent first shone in this bold 2003 story… feels prescient and wise… a magnetic central performance from Jessica Rhodes in her professional stage debut… afirecracker performance” Evening Standard

“Exhilarating energy, well worth this revival” WhatsOnStage

“Oscar Toeman’s production conjures an online world that contains all the jeopardy and thrill of anonymous encounters.” The Guardian

“The Sugar Syndrome was the first step in an illustrious stage career for Prebble.” The Upcoming

“Oscar Toeman’s production nails the fact that relationships are knotty, online or offline.” Mail on Sunday

“Jessica Rhodes is utterly convincing… Prebble’s writing is stark and provocative, but the dark humour which was to characterise her later works, such as Enron and A Very Expensive Poison, is evident throughout. Director Oscar Toeman balances the play’s tenderness and cynicism assuredly, maintaining tension” The Reviews Hub 

“a play which recognises boundaries and pushes hard against them.” The Reviews Hub 

“a striking and difficult exploration of loneliness, self-doubt and the darkness of humanity.” Broadway World 

“Impressive in its complexity and reach… Alexandra Gilbreath as Dani’s mum wonderfully evokes a mix of sympathy and pity as she tries to understand her daughter, and herself.” The Stage

“This is a very satisfying revival, another vindication of this theatre’s mission to recover plays of different periods that deserve another and a closer look. Author and performers deserve great credit for bringing such rich characters to life so fully, for treating difficult themes unflinchingly and finding humour in areas where you would be least likely to suspect it.” Plays to See

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