A charming comedy caper from critically acclaimed writer Alan Harris. Harris is a Welsh playwright and screenwriter who wrote The Left Behind for BBC Three in 2019, which won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. His recent theatre works include For The Grace Of You Go I (Theatr Clwyd, 2021), For All I Care (National Theatre Wales 2019, Edinburgh Fringe 2019) and How My Light Is Spent (Royal Exchange Manchester), winner of the Judges’ Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize.
Sugar Baby was first produced by Dirty Protest as part of Wales in Edinburgh with the support of Chapter, the Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International and British Council Wales. The show premiered at Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Summerhall in Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and transferred to Soho Theatre in 2018. This will mark the North East premiere of this one-man show that lets audiences into Marc’s world. Marc spends his time avoiding his mum, disguising his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes, and bailing out his old man, who owes £6,000 to local loan shark Oggy. When Marc meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier because Lisa wants Marc and Oggy wants Lisa. Marc just wants to survive the day.
Marc will be played by Newcastle Theatre Royal ‘Project A’ graduate Ben Gettins who recently starred in Down the Lines at The Customs House in South Shields as part of their Takeover Young Writer in Residence. Sugar Baby is directed by Natasha Haws, a Director from South Shields. She also works with communities across the North East with a focus on music and creative writing and mentors new career playwrights. Her credits as a director include Mr Incredible (Alphabetti Theatre), Janet (Circ Motif), Is This Your Story (North East Tour/STSGB), and assistant director of West End Girls (Live Theatre) and ROAD (Northern Stage).
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