There are too many themes running through Sublime, too many aspects that aren’t sufficiently resolved or explored within Sarah Thomas’ writing. Sophie (Adele Oni) and Sam (Michael Fatogun) are brothers but possibly lovers; they are estranged but familiar; the robberies go well and then suddenly go wrong. There’s a fractious relationship between Sam and his girlfriend’s father Nigel (Declan Cooke) and some shady dealings that are never quite clear even when explained. The only constant is the somewhat vacuous ignorance of girlfriend Clara (Suzy Gill).
Dark comedy thriller, Sublime, is the first of three works currently in development by new writer Sarah Thomas. It plays in April at Tristan Bates Theatre, the central London theatre attached to The Actors Centre. Tristan Bates is well-known for providing a space for new work to be tested, tried and tweaked – something Thomas has taken full advantage on when progressing all three of her plays. Sublime is the first to play a run though and the first full work she has written, after several workshops and rehearsed readings to mould it into a fast-paced, tough-talking production.
Sublime, a tough-talking, fast-swindling dark comedy thriller by Sarah Thomas, comes to the Tristan Bates Theatre from 4 April 2017.