Suffolk’s HighTide Festival has announced the line-up for their eighth festival. Running from April 10-19 2014, the festival will premiere four productions by Elinor Cook, Harry Melling, Dan LeFranc and Nick Payne as well as readings of new plays by Benedict Andrews, Thomas Eccleshare and Chris Thorpe.
HighTide Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson is delighted to welcome both familiar and new faces to the Festival; “We’re thrilled to be bringing Nick Payne back to Halesworth for the first time since 2008. Just as his career has blossomed, I hope the same fortune awaits Elinor Cook and Harry Melling, who are both receiving their first professional production in this year’s festival.
Atckinson is also excited about welcoming former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd to Halesworth ;
“Michael Boyd is bringing his considerable talents to bear directing the European premiere of Dan LeFranc’s US hit The Big Meal, making his first post-RSC production a major new play.”
Boyd explained the importance of the play: “The Big Meal is brave, playful, open hearted, and true. Dan LeFranc has created infinite space in a nutshell for this dark comedy about the frailties and mortality of one extended family, and he tells the tale with elegant simplicity and theatrical wit. It’s a great play for this inspiring Festival.”
The Festival will also feature a programme of visiting artists, including Mike Daisey’s epic 29-part monologue cycle, All The Faces Of The Moon, running for 40 hours and available as a play for headsets at the festival. Live Theatre, China Plate and Eastern Angles will also be taking part in the line-up.
The festival runs from April 10-19 2014 and tickets will go on sale in February. For more info visit www.hightide.org.uk