CATCH THE 2018 TIDE
This year is the 12th HighTide Festival and the fourth in Aldeburgh, since its move from Halesworth. As HighTide rushes in, with a wave of challenging and varied productions, here’s what not to miss….
Jeffrey Holland’s (comedy star of Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M’Lord) pin-sharp portrayal of his idol, Stan Laurel, in his one man play And This is My Friend, Mr Laurel. Written with Gail Louw, it’s a funny and poignant monologue, as Stan, at the bedside of his dying partner, Oliver Hardy, reminisces on their partnership.
Suffolk local and mesmerising actress Diana Quick stars in the closing play of the festival, The Last WoodWose.
Charismatic poet, Luke Wright, who already has a bit of a rock-star following, puts his case – in verse - for the job, as the Poet Laureate post becomes vacant in 2019.
Soul Sessions with Apphia Campbell, direct from sell-out performances across the world, promises to be a masterclass in feelgood, music.
Steven Atkinson, retiring as HighTide’s Artistic Director, after 12 years, explains that plays are at HighTide’s heart. “Our mission is to identify British playwrights with potential and develop and produce their work.”
This year’s centrepiece production, co-produced with their associate company DugOut Theatre, is a songlaced coming of age tale, by Aldeburgh-based writer Tallulah Brown, called Songlines. It features live folk music from the award-winning band Trills. HighTide’s associate productions, selected through an open script submission process are: Sparks, Jessica Butcher’s two-hander musical about the brain’s response to grief, Danusia Samal’s gig-theatre piece, Busking It, drawing on a decade of busking on the tube, The Extinction Event, from David Aula and Simon Evans, an examination of what happens when science starts thinking for itself, and finally, Harry Blake’s fierce, fabulous, new comedy musical about Norse gods Thor and Loki.
HighTide Festival September 11-16 Aldeburgh
Download schedule, performance details and booking information at hightide. org.uk/aldeburgh-festival-2018 or call 01728 687110
Charismatic poet Luke Wright
Don’t miss . . . Jeffrey Holland stars as his idol Stan Laurel in ‘And this is my friend, Mr Laurel’