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HighTide Festival: Sam Hodges recalls the early days

Sam Hodges

East Anglia has always had a thriving theatrical scene, but recent years has seen nationwide attention focus on the region for the number of successful festivals the area hosts. Aldeburgh, Norfolk and Norwich, Latitude and Pulse just a handful of the arts festivals that see the region punching way above its weight. Ten years ago, HighTide joined those ranks, and ...

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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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Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Reviewer: Glen Pearce Entertainment is often described as Marmite – love it or hate it - but rarely is it as divisive as Sam Simmons' absurdist comedy Spaghetti for Breakfast. Simmons warns audiences pre-show that what he is about to present is weird and frequently comments throughout the show that this gig, in a nearly 100-year-old cinema built onto the ...

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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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