Sugar Coat

A feminist pop-punk live music play about love, loss and lubrication. Based on a true story.

Sugar Coat is a hilarious and heartfelt mix of rebellious empowerment and laugh-out-loud teen angst.

Performed by an all female and non-binary band, we follow one woman’s coming-of-age journey, spanning across eight years of sexual highs and lows, with sprinklings of 90s nostalgia and an unashamedly queer and feminist call to arms.

Winner of the OFFComm 2020 Award, Show of the Week (VAULT Festival 2020) and UNTAPPED (New Diorama Theatre & Underbelly) finalist, Sugar Coat is an uplifting and liberating show about puberty, sex, feminism, and reclaiming your body.

Featuring original music inspired by Riot Grrl bands, such as Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo.

From the Producers of Fringe First winning Bobby & Amy, this powerful gig theatre confronts sex and sexuality in a brutally funny and honest show about trauma and recovery. Written by singer-songwriter Lilly Pollard (BBC Music Introducing) and playwright Joel Samuels (Fever Pitch, Divas, A Wake in Progress), with direction by Celine Lowenthal (Pecs, Soho Theatre; Sex, Sex, Men, Men, Yard Theatre) and co-Musical Direction from Anya Pearson of the renowned band Dream Nails.

Contains graphic sexual content, loud music and unapologetically bad-ass feminism.

★★★★★ “An outstanding gig theatre experience – raw, emotional, and ultimately uplifting.” To Do List

★★★★ “You’ll be reaching for your air guitar.” The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ “Sugar Coat perfectly encapsulates the way one can have a relationship with music.” Within Her Words

“Sparkling and witty.” The Play’s The Thing

“A hilarious night out.” Loud Women

“Uncompromising and thrilling.” Ought to be Clowns

“Tonic for the soul in tumultuous times.” Bechdel Theatre

Important Information

15+. Contains strong language and references to abortion, miscarriage, and sexual assault.

Age Restrictions

15+. Contains strong language and references to abortion, miscarriage, and sexual assault.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 22nd April 2023.

Show times for each day are below.















Southwark Playhouse Borough Details

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Northern And Bakerloo

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle, Borough

Directions Icon Directions from Elephant & Castle, Borough :

Borough: Exit & turn right towards Newington Causeway. Located just before the railway bridge. Elephant & Castle: Exit via South Bank University Exit & turn left, head up Newington Causeway.

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Southwark Playhouse Borough Location

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
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Sugar Coat

Southwark Playhouse Borough, London

Running time: 80 minutes (no interval)

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