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  • [email protected] - Season 4
  • Watch onDemand (available from 6 August)
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Mabel Thomas
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Scenes of sexual violence, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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One girl. Five ages. Many morally ambiguous choices. (And too many references to Toyota cars for them not to be sponsoring this show). Sugar is a funny, provocative and poignant study of the pleasures and pitfalls of female ambition. It will leave you thinking about what it means to win, what lines you would never cross and what is the best sittable object on a playground (hint: it's not a bench).

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Nic Lawton (co-founder of Expial Atrocious theatre company) 145 days ago

"I need to remember this feeling because I deserve to."

First off, Mabel is amazing. Second off, cute bedroom!
Okay, in all seriousness, Mabel Thomas really brought her writing to life in a Fleabag-esque way of storytelling, navigating through the protagonist's life to highlight some of the dangers and risks we take to make it in this world. The character of Mae, and Thomas' expert portrayal, was relatable, fun and she felt very approachable. This is a girl I want to be friends with!
With the poster and all of the marketing I've seen of this show, I didn't expect the show to begin on such a serious note, but that only succeeds in displaying Thomas' natural talent for presenting her juxtaposing tones of voice, acting as a younger person and just generally showing off her range.
Now back to the bedroom. I loved how cliche/girly the room was so it completely offset the worrying and rather distressing subject matter. I loved (and laughed) at some of the dark comedic quips. Mainly because what she was saying was all too real and really shouldn't be a thing. From snide remarks about millionaires, to selling your services for money, Mae came across as the mouthpiece for thoughts we've all had. How far would we go to get to where we want to be? What risks would we take? And how much do we really think about the outcomes of situations we go along with and put ourselves in?
The show also felt like a very important lesson with a 50 minute example. Don't let strangers drive your cars, for one. But also, look after yourself. Don't put yourself in danger for fast money. And never lose your childlike wonderment. You don't want to grow up too fast and miss out on some of the best years of your life. For some, that's easier said than done, and there was an unsettling tone throughout the show that held some truth to it. And not knowing what classes as a**ault is something we need to teach people. It would do a world of good. I felt that 'Sugar' dealt with this subject well, and had a 'S** Education' aesthetic to it - it looked pretty, but was spitting facts from beginning to end, and teaching important lessons to young people.
Also just wanted to mention that I'm sure we've all tried to set up a small business in the playground. Mae's anecdotes and natural movements made her character from believable, and at times, I felt like I was the one prying into her life until she directed her speech to the camera.
I also found myself nodding and laughing along when she describes her group of friends and people that she knows, even down to "We all know a Mason." It's true! And why are they always like THAT?
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and thought Thomas' acting was wonderful. The way she seemed to act younger even as she got older was genius, becoming less confident in herself as she grew up. Her expressions were also always on-point, and she really does command the stage. Well, bedroom.
I would LOVE to watch this live. It would be interesting to actually invite small audiences to a bedroom to perform the show. It would be unsettling, intimate and carry a lot of weight when you realise there aren't enough pink fairy lights to make the impending shadows of the truth disappear.

2nd From Bottom 148 days ago

This one sneaks up on you when you're not looking. Full review here:

Tristan Taylor 155 days ago

This was so well written and preformed, it had me gripped all the way through. Mabel is excellent and really brings the story alive!

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Fringebiscuit (4/5 stars) 145 days ago

Sugar plunges us into a girl’s odyssey from school to adulthood as she faces endless challenges to her ambitions. A strong script and riveting performance by Mabel Thomas wrenches us from the playground to the sex industry, questioning its illusion of control.

LouReviews (4/5 stars) 147 days ago

She has a plan, but in a strong, cautionary tale, it all comes crashing down.

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