But, as new play The Solid Life of Sugar Water shows, Thorne's success has not diluted his nerve. As brave thematically as it is formally, it comes to the National's Temporary Theatre after galvanising audiences at first Theatre Royal Plymouth then the Edinburgh Fringe.
Working in collaboration with Graeae Theatre Company, who provide a platform for deaf and disabled artists, Thorne challenges theatre tradition with performance that is fully accessible. Audio description and written captions are integrated into the production.
This new approach to drama is not just an arbitrary part of the production; it also informs and interacts with the plot and reflects the limitations and insufficiency of language. Alice, who is deaf, falls in love with Phil. But then the tragic stillbirth of their daughter strains their relationship. As the couple attempts to cope with their loss, the struggle to communicate is played out with increasing intensity.
According to Edinburgh reviews, The Solid Life of Sugar Water is an uncomfortable watch, with abrasive language, graphic sexuality and cutting honesty. Expect a tender and tense play, that challenges in all the right ways.
Public booking opens at 8:30am on Thursday 22 October.
|What||The Solid Life of Sugar Water, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
26 Feb 16 – 19 Mar 16, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£15 - £20|
|Website||Click here to book via the National Theatre|