For its ninth year, Suffolk’s HighTide Festivalhad already announced a change of venue, moving from Halesworth to Aldeburgh, but today Artistic Director Steven Atkinson has announced the line-up for the annual festival.
Running from 10th – 20th September, the festival will include three world premieres, transfers, readings and visiting companies as well as talks from the likes of Christopher Eccleston, Sir Richard Eyre and Meera Syal.
For Atkinson, the festival not only celebrates its ninth birthday but also a new start.“This year’s HighTide Festival is all about new beginnings. New stories, playwrights, and ways of creating theatre. And a new home for the Festival in Aldeburgh. Theatre can now be added to an unparalleled annual line up of festivals in every artistic discipline, which makes Aldeburgh world famous.”
Central to the festival are three world premieres. Luke Norris’ So Here We Are, a tale looking at childhood friendships, E V Crowe’s Brenda a provocative look at the world as we know it and Al Smith’s exploration of family life, Harrogate.
Following a successful run at London’s Soho Theatre, Aldeburgh audiences will also get a chance to see HighTide’s production of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa.
Alongside the line-up of plays and Face to Face conversations, the Festival will include a series of special events with guests including Vanessa Redgrave. In a new move for the Festival this year, HighTide has partnered with Soho Theatre to offer a comedy programme including Shappi Khorsandi, Sam Simmons and Nish Kumar.
Alongside HighTide productions, the festival will also host visiting companies including Baz Productions, Britten Pears Foundation, Eastern Angles, Hunt and Darton, Mig Kimpton, Morgan and West and Wonderful Beast.
As part of HighTide’s commitment to young people in the East, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Mackintosh Foundation and the Britten‐Pears Foundation have made charitable donations, which enable HighTide to give away 500 tickets to the region’s young people to attend Festival events.
Local MP Dr Therese Coffey is looking forward to the festival coming to her constituency. “I welcome the new HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh and its boost to local community life. In particular I support its focus on young people, and 500 tickets the festival donates to people in the Eastern region aged between 16 and 25 so they can see the festival’s inspiring programme for free.”
HighTide Festival runs in Aldeburgh from 10 -20 September and tickets go on sale today.
For more information visit www.hightide.org.uk