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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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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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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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INTERVIEW: HighTide’s Steven Atkinson

It's a busy time for Steven Atkinson, he has just returned from directingChickenfor Eastern Angles and Liverpool's Unity Theatre in Edinburgh, is auditioning for aForget Me Notat The Bush Theatre later this year and as HighTide's Artistic Director is rehearsing a world premiere for next month's ninth outing for the Suffolk based new writing festival. In a break from rehearsals ...

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INTERVIEW: Luke Norris on So Here We Are at HighTide

Luke Norris’So Here We Are was a winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and is about to receive its World Premiere in a co-production between HighTide and Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Ahead of the premiere, Luke spoke to Glen Pearce about the play, his writing and his work as an actor. Your play, So Here We Are, is ...

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Chicken – Roundabout@Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Molly Davies Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer:Andy Moseley Take devolution, climate change and rising tides, add in over population of the capital, economic disparity caused by second homers and the resentment generated in the host communities, and then round the mix of with almost medieval folklore to remind people it was not always like this, and you have the recipe ...

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