HighTide Festival 2017 line-up revealed

Heroine, one of two premieres at this year's HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh. Photo: Helen Maybanks /

Heroine, one of two premieres at this year's HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh. Photo: Helen Maybanks / Rebecca Pitt - Credit: Archant

HighTide Festival organisers have revealed this year’s line-up, showcasing work by the country’s best new playwrights.

Kanye The First, one of two premieres at this year's HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh. Photo: Helen Ma

Kanye The First, one of two premieres at this year's HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh. Photo: Helen Maybanks / Rebecca Pitt - Credit: Archant

Two of the three headline plays are world premieres.

Nessah Muthy’s Heroine explores patriotism and nativism in modern Britain. Sam Steiner’s comedy drama Kanye The First charts the second coming of pop icon Kanye West and is a timely look at identity and guilt in contemporary culture.

The third is the return of Theresa Ikoko’s Girls which tells the tale of three young friends kidnapped in Nigeria.

The programme also includes 12 comedy and cabaret shows, talks, 11 pieces by new writers, shows for schools and families and a site specific work.


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Among the highlights are Fringe First winner Katie Bonna’s All The Things I Lied About, internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe pays tribute to much-loved movies in Songs on Film and there will be talks by actor Sheila Hancock and award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo.

The Suffolk Festival has been a huge success over the last decade, premiering more than 60 productions by now major playwrights including Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Jack Thorne.

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For the first time, the company will take productions to Walthamstow, East London, after the Aldeburgh season, as well as showcasing work by local artists.

The area has no mid to large scale theatre spaces and there are relatively low levels of engagement with theatre.

Steven Atkinson, HighTide’s artistic director, said they’ve focused on what HighTide Theatre is renowned for - commissioning bold and timely plays from the best new writers.

“This new producing model for HighTide Theatre of two festivals allows us to take risks and continue to develop our productions with the input of our audiences in Aldeburgh.

“Our new partnership with Waltham Forest Council and the National Theatre enables us to bring our fully formed productions all together to Greater London, where they can be seen by a wider and diverse community who would like a greater cultural provision in their area.”

HighTide runs from September 12-17 in Aldeburgh. Tickets are available now. Visit www.hightide.org.uk

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