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NEWS: HighTide add London to festival rosta

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 ...

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Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Performers: Rhys Morgan and Robert West Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Aldeburgh often seems like it has been caught in a time travel bubble. Its quaint charms belonging to a more genteel time. It's perhaps appropriate then that 'time-travelling Victorian magicians' Morgan and West visit the town as part of the HighTide Festival, inviting us to spend a Sunday evening with ...

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So Here We Are – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer: Luke Norris Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Southend and the Thames Estuary are proving to be fertile hunting grounds for HighTide. A couple of years ago Vickie Donoghue’s Mudlarks explored the desire of Essex youth to escape the confines of the estuary and now Luke Norris’ So Here We Are also looks at a trapped generation. For ...

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Lampedusa – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer:Anders Lustgarten Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The shore at Aldeburgh is no stranger to art and drama. Maggi Hambling’s Scallop and Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes all using the wave-lapped shingle beach as inspiration. That backdrop also provides a surprisingly effective setting for the HighTide transfer of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa. This HighTide staging takes place in a geodesic ...

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Harrogate – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer: Al Smith Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Paul Couch There are few taboos left to break on stage; death’s been done to…well, death, homosexuality and cross-dressing are considered almost passé, and matricide, patricide, fratricide, and infanticide stories were old hat when the ancient Greeks churned them out like Dolmadakia. Dramatists, however, notwithstanding the many versions of Oedipus and John Ford’s ...

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INTERVIEW: Al Smith on Harrogate

Al Smith's plays include Radio, Enola and The Bird, but having ventured into writing for flagship programmes such as EastEnders and Casualty, Smith now returns to theatre with his first new playin seven years. Harrogate received a rehearsed reading at the HighTide festival in 2013 and is about to receive its full world premiere at the Suffolk festival. Smith stepped ...

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PREVIEW: Moments Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

He may have founded the world famous Aldeburgh Music Festival, but this year Benjamin Britten will also be represented at the HighTide festival, as it makes its move from Halesworth to Aldeburgh. The Britten-Pears Foundation will be staging Moments Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the festival at the Red House, the very house in which Britten wrote his famous ...

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INTERVIEW: Anders Lustgarten on Lampedusa and political writing

With our TV screens and news pages filled with images of refugees attempting to cross into Europe, the topic of migration has rarely seen so relevant. Anders Lustgarten’s hard-hitting play, Lampedusa, looks at the grim task of retrieving bodies of those who perish crossing the Mediterranean looking for a new life. It was, however, ahead of its time and was ...

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