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Sugar Baby

“Stonking good fun”

Alan Harris’ one-man play Sugar Baby is a great laugh, a chaotic comedy caper set on the streets of Cardiff with a cast of petty criminals and small-time drug dealers. There’s a frank dose of socio-political comment squirted in too.

Catherine Paskell’s production for Dirty Protest whisks the audience through a whirlwind few hours in Fairwater, a suburb of poverty and payday loans. Our hero is Alex Griffin-Griffiths’ Marc, a bright young lad from a broken home who’s deep in debt to the local loanshark, a self-aggrandising squarehead called Oggy.

When everything gets a bit hairy for Marc and for his sassy high-school sweetheart Lisa, the two of them desperately make plans to leave town with the help of Billy the Seal – a hallucinatory statue come to life.

Griffin-Griffiths invests Marc with a bouncy, boisterous, but entirely likeable bravado. He holds court in Summerhall’s Roundabout, turning the space into a pub and relating his escapades to the audiences as if they were bar-flies clinging to his every word.

It’s an over-the-top performance that not only manages to subtly evoke the deep-rooted societal problems of a deprived area, but also captures Harris’ rollicking humour. Sugar Baby’s all a bit silly, but stonking good fun nonetheless.

Production Details
Production nameSugar Baby
VenueRoundabout at Summerhall
StartsAugust 4, 2017
EndsAugust 27, 2017
Running time1hr
AuthorAlan Harris
DirectorCatherine Paskell
Lighting designerAce Mccarron
Sound designerDan Lawrence
CastAlex Griffin-Griffiths
TechnicalGlesni Price-Jones
Stage managerEmily Butler
ProducerDirty Protest
VerdictChaotic comedy caper set on the streets of Cardiff that's stonking good fun
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