Aldeburgh’s arts event
The HighTide Theatre festival is set to continue its winning formula of finding, nurturing and showcasing the country’s best new playwrights at its home in Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast, this year.
And, for the first time, the festival is also heading to Walthamstow in London.
Steven Atkinson, artistic director of HighTide Theatre, says: “This year we’re focused on what HighTide Theatre is renowned for: commissioning bold and timely plays from the best new writers. We look forward to developing and previewing these world premiere productions in our beautiful home of Aldeburgh, and then for the first time bringing the whole festival to Walthamstow, alongside showcasing work by local artists.
“This new producing model for HighTide Theatre of two festivals allows us to take risks and continue to develop our productions with the input of our audiences in Aldeburgh. And then our new partnership with Waltham Forest Council and the National Theatre enables us to bring our fully formed productions all together to Greater London, where they can be seen by a wider and diverse community who would like a greater cultural provision in their area.”
The programmes in both locations include three headline plays - two of which are world premieres - and a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music.
The Suffolk festival, which is 11 years old, takes place from September 12 to 17. This year it also has a new, temporary, state-of-the- art, 260-seat theatre called The Mix on Aldeburgh beach.
The world premiere productions at the festival are Heroine by Nessah Muthy and comic drama Kanye The First by Sam Steiner.
The programme of comedy will include Kieran Hodgson’s 2016 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated Maestro.
Actress Sheila Hancock and award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo will take part in ‘In Conversation’ events with author Kate Mosse.
Productions will include Mobile by The Paperbirds, an intimate show that turns a caravan into a treasure trove for audiences of up to eight at a time, and a semistaged reading of Sea Fret, a paean to her native Suffolk coastline by Tallulah Brown.
Other highlights include Apphia Campbells’s Black is the Color of My Voice, which is inspired by the life of Nina Simone. Meanwhile, singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe will pay tribute to muchloved movies in Songs on Film. HighTide takes place from September 12 to 17 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and September 26 to October 8 in Walthamstow, London. To find out more and book tickets, visit the website at: www.hightide.org.uk
An artist’s impression of how the HighTide 2017 festival site will look at Aldeburgh.
Heroine photography by Helen Maybanks, and artwork by Rebecca Pitt.