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NEWS: Melling, LeFranc and Payne lead HighTide 2014 Line-Up

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 ...

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Bottleneck – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] The power of theatre to take its audience down unexpected avenues is one of its greatest assets. Initially Luke Barnes’ Bottleneck may seem a feisty look at teenage angst and the trauma of growing up in Liverpool in the late 1980s. On the verge of his 15th birthday, Greg is ...

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If Room Enough – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Artistic Director: Tom Coxon Composers: Christian Eccles-Cannon and Tom Figgins Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   One of Shakespeare's most dreamlike plays, The Tempest naturally lends itself to adaptation but few interpretations can match withWings Theatre Company's If Room Enough for sheer exuberance or originality. Condensed into just one hour, this is the perfect introduction to the Bards tales of love ...

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Chewing Gum Dreams – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer and Performer: Michaela Coel Director: Ché Walker Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Schooldays are supposed to be the happiest of our lives. For many, though, that view is tainted by a rose tinted passage of time, softening our memories of those formative years. For Tracey Gordon, school life is anything but rosy. For her it’s a microcosm of human ...

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Smallholding – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] The dream of escaping city life, returning to the countryside and becoming self-sufficient is something many aspire to in the middle of their hectic lifestyle. For Jen and Andy though their move from London to a rundown farm in Northamptonshire is about as far removed from that other tale of ...

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Neighbors – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Branden Jacobs –Jenkins Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   ‘You can choose your friends, not your family’ the saying goes. The same could be said about your neighbours. The eponymous TV series goes one step further claiming they can become ‘good friends’ – what though if your new neighbours force you to face your deepest beliefs and ...

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Moth – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Declan Greene Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4] In the darkness moths are drawn to the brightest light and in the darkness of a troubled teenager’s mind the brightest light can also conversely be the darkest. 15-year-old Sebastian is indeed a troubled mind, bullied at school and subject to a violent attack from his tormentors, he retreats into ...

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Pastoral – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Steve Marmion Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   “England's green and pleasant land”, an image that conjures up images of idyllic rural settings and peaceful countryside pursuits. For Thomas Eccleshare's Pastoral, winner of the 2011 Verity Bargate Award, however, the idyll is something much darker and threatening. In the city, green shoots breaking through shop fronts hint ...

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