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NEWS: The INK Festival 2019

The INK Festival 2019 goes from strength to strength with 2019 providing a bumper crop of emerging talent and established professionals alike. Creatives both young and old cover a range of performing arts that will excite and provoke the three-day festival going audience. The range of plays is impressive, over forty of them, by writers that all have a connection ...

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NEWS: HighTide Festival moves from Halesworth to Aldeburgh

Eight years after setting up base at The Cut in Halesworth, HighTide have announced that the 2015 HighTide Festival will move across Suffolk to a new home in Aldeburgh. The Festival will also move from its usual spring dates to run in Aldeburgh from September 10th – 20th 2015. Aldeburgh is already known for it's world-renowned Aldeburgh Music Festival and ...

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Oh My Sweet Land – Young Vic, London

Writer/Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty A key feature of Wilfred Owen's war-time poetry is his awareness of the physicality, of the bodies of the men he writes about. These bodies and their visceral descriptions are shorthand for atrocity, for torture, for pain. The grinding nature of the war machine is introduced in seven normal words: “Bent double, like ...

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The Big Meal – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Dan Le Franc Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Forget Cameron’s Big Society, Dan Le Franc’s The Big Meal gives us the true reflection of our modern lives. It may be set in America but this compelling 90 minute journey across 80 years of family history is universal in its appeal. As the traditional nuclear family expands both ...

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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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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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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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