HIGHTIDE FES­TI­VAL

Alde­burgh’s arts event

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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.

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