EADT Suffolk - - HIGHTIDE -

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.­burgh-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’

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