Sugar previewed to a private audience of members, partners and collaborators at Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne on the 5th March in the run up to International Women’s Day. Here’s what some of the critics had to say:

The Stage

‘An unflinching filmed drama about society’s failings powered by gripping performances from an all-female cast’

Read the full 4 star review here!

The Reviews Hub

‘Founded over twenty years ago the award winning company, Open Clasp, brings another revealing, intense, stark insight to injustice’

Read the full 5 star review here!

British Theatre Guide

All four women are totally real and convincing, thanks to McHugh’s writing, Lindow’s direction and the faultless performances from the actors, and the effect of seeing them on the large screen adds hugely to the impact…the fact that it is conceived for film but performed theatrically gives it an unexpected and really quite powerful punch, bringing it up close in a way which a broadcast, shot from the auditorium, never can’


‘All those involved in the making of Sugar are passionate about seeing change at a societal and political level.’

Only In Newcastle

What’s different is that Sugar – shot by North East-based Meerkat Films – was a piece of theatre specifically made for film. It’s intimate, it’s unflinching and it works. If you see Sugar, you’ll want to do something about it – and that’s how Open Clasp has been using theatre to change the world for 20 years.’

David Whetstone, independent critic and arts journalist

A powerful and starkly honest piece of work beautifully written, performed and filmed’

Wendy Errington Blog

lets you see the world through someone else’s eyes – hits you in your gut and your heart’

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