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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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Girls – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Ikoko Director: Elayce Ismail Reviewer: Deborah Klayman How far would you be willing to go to survive? Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning play Girls places three friends in an increasingly dangerous situation that challenges them individually to answer the question, and stretches their relationships, sometimes to breaking point. As the audience enters, Ruhab (Yvette Boakye), Haleema (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) and Tisana ...

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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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The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz   Some of the least surprising revelations from the Panama Papers have been those relating to the ruling elite of China. The world already knew about the high-profile case of Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai, in which the latter poisoned the British businessman Neil Heywood in his hotel room ...

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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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