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Suffolk’s HighTide Festival has become one of the UK’s leading producers of new work.Intitially held in Halesworth, but now playing in Aldeburgh, the festival sees a range of events and World Premieres, many of which go on to play in other venues across the country or internationally.

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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INTERVIEW: Ivan Cutting – Getting Out Of The Garret

Ivan Cutting has been at the helm of Eastern Angles since its inception 33 years ago. During that time, the company have been prolific in commissioning writers to produce new plays for rural touring across East Anglia. For some writers, though, the idea of accepting a commission goes against their idea of creative freedom. At this year’s HighTide Festival, Ivan ...

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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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INTERVIEW: E V Crowe on Brenda at HighTide

E V Crowe has had an illustrious start to her career. Her first play,Kin, saw her nominated for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards, while her second play for the Royal Court, Hero, was part ofan Olivier Award-winning season. Her latest play, Brenda, is about to receive its WorldPremièrein Aldeburgh as part of the ninthHighTide Festival. Shetalks to ...

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NEWS: Three World Premières for Ninth HighTide Festival

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, ...

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