HighTide Festival to move to Aldeburgh in 2015

HighTide Festival Theatre is delighted to announce that the HighTide Festival 2015 will take place in the Suffolk town of Aldeburgh from September 10-20.

“Eight years on from when we first founded it at The Cut in Halesworth, the HighTide Festival has exceeded our greatest aspirations and expectations. Halesworth gave us the opportunity to build up both work and audiences and we look forward to sustaining those relationships in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, famous across the world for its arts festivals, whilst working with new venues and partners to support the ongoing development of the Festival.” (Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director)

The full production line-up of new plays, talks, events and appearances by visiting companies will be announced in the New Year, including our continuing collaboration with Soho Theatre who will be programming a comedy strand to the festival.

“Soho Theatre is delighted to continue its partnership with the HighTide Festival, an organisation who shares our passion for new writing, as they make the move to Aldeburgh in 2015. Having worked with HighTide on theatre pieces Bottleneck (2012), Pastoral (2013) and Smallholding earlier this year, it is with much anticipation that we expand our collaboration to bring an exciting comedy programme into next year’s Festival.” (Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre)

HighTide is expanding its work with local young people and aims to make deeper relationships with local schools. Throughout the year we will be delivering free workshops in Suffolk schools, as well as collaborating with Aldeburgh Music on potential future opportunities with Suffolk schools. We will also be running series of workshops and masterclasses at the Festival and offering placements to recent graduates to work on the Festival itself.

“The move to Aldeburgh for the HighTide Festival and particularly the new date (10 – 20 September) means that this amazing festival on our doorstep becomes something that the school can seriously engage with and put firmly on the Autumn calendar. Framlingham College drama department very much looks forward to bringing students of all ages to a variety of shows, discussions and talks and those vivid life-affirming, cutting-edge theatre experiences that I have come to associate with visits to HighTide Festival over the past few years.” (Dorothy Englert, Head of Drama, Framlingham College)

Jubilee Hall looks forward to welcoming The HighTide Festival, which brings a new dimension to Aldeburgh’s artistic landscape. (Jenni Wake Walker, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall)

HighTide also has a range of work planned from January – March 2015. We are running 12 free writers workshops across the country in collaboration with IdeasTap. Venues include Ipswich, Bristol, Oxford, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle. We are also producing a free writers Academy in association with Chichester Festival Theatre where 15 young writers will be working with a professional writer and director to create their own ten-minute plays for a week in April 2015.

We are co-producing Edinburgh hit True Brits by Vinay Patel as part of The Vaults Festival in February 2015 following a short run at the Bush Theatre. From last year’s festival Harry Melling’s triumphant peddling will be at the Arcola in London from March 4 -28 2015, where we also stage a fundraiser with Kids Company, whose young playwrights we work with throughout the year.

HighTide’s mission remains to discover and champion emerging playwrights and produce new plays, remaining rooted in our local community in the East of England and aspiring to be the national new writing development organisation for the South East. Our exciting relocation to Aldeburgh helps HighTide to better execute its aims, will give the Festival the opportunity to grow and diversify, and we hope offer audiences both established and new a great experience.

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