Stephanie Martin’s new play Alkaline is set to open at the Park Theatre next month, which tells the story of two newly engaged friends, one of whom is converting to Islam. Alkaline tells of Sophie and Sarah, life-long friends who are both celebrating their recent engagements to fiancés Nick and Ali, but Sophie reveals her marriage to Ali also comes with a change in faith. The two couples get together one summer’s night to discuss various aspects of impending their big days, like whether Sarah will take off her hijab for Sophie’s wedding as it won’t match the other bridesmaids’ attire.
Sophie and Sarah have been best friends forever. Sophie is newly engaged to her fiancé Nick and wants to celebrate. Sarah also has a new fiancé, Ali, and some more big news – she has recently converted to Islam.
One hot summer evening the two couples have a get together. Sophie is desperate to meet Ali and even more desperate to rescue her drifting friendship with Sarah. Sophie also wants to ask Sarah if she’ll take off her hijab for Sophie’s wedding - a headscarf ‘just won’t quite go’ with the other bridesmaids, and Sophie likes things to match. It’s all going well (ish) until an uninvited guest arrives with some news that turns the evening – and the couples’ lives - upside down.
Alkaline is play about faith, friendship and fear. A play about change, painful endings and new beginnings. Where does our duty lie? And do we ever dare to be different?