★★★★ ‘There is never a dull moment… Matt Steinberg directs with style and energy, keeping a necessary rat-a-tat pace. The cast are first-rate, inhabiting this weird world as if they belonged there’ The Arts Desk

★★★★ ‘There are few young British actresses better equipped to inhabit the weird ol’ universe that Dey’s constructed than Sinéad Matthews… – the most lyrical and otherworldly of actors’ The Public Reviews

★★★★★ ‘What a weird, wonderful, wickedly funny play this is – and what a superb production of it from director Matt Steinberg and his spot-on cast’ Plays to See

‘Matt Steinberg’s production proceeds at a good lick and is acted with terrific verve’ The Times

‘the bond between Sugar and Trout is touching and Matthews’ wavering voice is tragicomic. There’s fun to be had with Matt Steinberg’s production’ Evening Standard

‘benefits from the presence of two fine young actors: the gravel-voiced Sinead Matthews, who lends Sugar a wistful, ragged sorrow, and Vinette Robinson, whose Grace has a rangy, coiled violence and intensity.’ The Guardian

Nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Actress (Sinéad Matthews)

About the show

The UK premiere of Claudia Dey’s acclaimed play starring Sinéad Matthews, Vinette Robinson and Dylan Smith.

Set in a remote northern Canadian town, Grace and Sugar Ducharme are infamous twins marked by tragic events from their past: their triplet died in the birth canal, and on their twentieth birthday their mother was killed while their father was split in half by lightning.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, each year on their birthday Grace finds a dead body. But this birthday will be different – it’s lucky thirty!

Unfortunately for the sisters, a serial killer with a fancy for strippers is on the loose and a nomadic cop killer, Trout Stanley, wanders into their house in the midst of their birthday celebration.

Named one of the best Canadian plays of the decade by The National Post and 2005’s best play by Toronto’s NOW Magazine.

Hysterically funny…A deliciously lyrical piece of Canadian Gothic” The New York Times

Interviews with the cast


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Creative Team

Matt Steinberg

Shizuka Hariu

Lighting Designer
Rob Pell-Walpole

Sound Designer
Nick Manning

Associate Sound Designer
Beth Price Williams

Assistant Director
Manuel Baù


Sinéad Matthews
Vinette Robinson
Dylan Smith

About the Writer
Claudia Dey is a Toronto-born playwright, novelist and nationally syndicated advice columnist. Her work has been recognised with nominations for a Governor General’s Award, a Trillium Book Award and an Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Claudia’s writing explores themes of loss and mourning, which she calls the “process of alchemising grief”. Interested in questions of belonging, Claudia’s work questions how we find ourselves when all obvious markers that form our identity are gone.

Claudia’s first novel Stunt was published in 2008. In 2010 she published How to Be A Bush Pilot: A Field Guide to Getting Luckier, a sex and relationship advice book for men that draws on her experience writing columns for The Globe and Mail and Toro.

Claudia’s plays include Beaver, The Gwendolyn Poems and Trout Stanley. Her plays have been presented across Canada, the United States and Europe. Trout Stanley was nominated for a Dora Award and went on to have its off-Broadway premiere in 2006, followed by successful productions at regional theatres across North America and Germany. It was named one of the best Canadian plays of the last decade by The National Post’s Robert Cushman and the best play in 2005 by Toronto’s NOW Magazine. In 2010 Trout Stanley was adapted into an opera by composer Daniel Fueter.

About the Director
Matt Steinberg is an award winning director and actor. Directing credits include Art and Scope (Tarragon Theatre) and Prime Targets (Toronto Fringe). Matt was also an assistant director for The Canadian Stage Company’s Romeo and Juliet, A Time to Reap (Royal Court), and Secret Theatre (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).