Following ten years based in Suffolk, Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide Theatre has announced a second festival, transferring productions to Walthamstow in East London following their run in Aldeburgh.
The Suffolk festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 will transfer the productions from Aldeburgh to a brand new temporary theatre space ‘The Mix’ in Walthamstow for 12 days following the Aldeburgh season.
The programmes in both locations will include three headline plays (two of which are world premieres) and a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music. The Festival in Aldeburgh will run 12 – 17 September and The Walthamstow Festival will run 26 September – 8 October.
HighTide Theatre will present two world premiere productions in 2017, Heroine by Nessah Muthy, directed by Atkinson and comic drama Kanye The First by Sam Steiner directed by HighTide Theatre Associate Director Andrew Twyman. Alongside these productions Theresa Ikoko’s Girls is set to return To the festival.
The chance to move the entire festival to a second location is something that Atkinson is looking forward to. “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.”