ALDEBURGH – The 13th edition of the HighTide Festival returns to Aldeburgh this September, with six whole days of arts programming, including a world premiere and new work by local talent, curated by Steven Atkinson in his final stint as Artistic Director of the festival.
East Anglian theatre company HighTide is renowned for the discovery of new playwrights, including Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Vinay Patel. This time around, be sure to check out East Anglian writer Kenny Emson’s Rust, about two people who never expected to fall in love again, headlining the 2019 programme alongside the world premiere of Sophie Ellerby’s LIT, about a teenage girl looking for love in all the wrong places. Other theatre highlights to look out for include VAULT Festival 2019 award-winner Collapsible, award-winning writer Charlotte Josephine’s Pops, Teddy Lamb’s Since U Been Gone, Mia Johnson’s Pink Lemonade, and more.
Running in conjunction with the theatre programme, leading artistic figures such as Andrew Davies, Kate Mosse, Catherine Johnson and Deborah Warner will discuss their crafts in a number of informative and lively talk sessions and the hilarious Simon Evans and the popular showman Joe Stilgoe will also be on hand. For the first time, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts will also be coming to the Festival to record live performances of new HighTide radio plays by alumni Tallulah Brown (Silver Darlings) and Vinay Patel (The Shores – Three Tales From the End of a World) for broadcast later this year.
Says Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide: “HighTide Festival 2019 exemplifies what the Festival is internationally renowned for: premiering top quality new writing by talents such as Sophie Ellerby, Yolanda Mercy and Margaret Perry, while also working with household creative names such as BBC Radio 3 and the Bush Theatre. HighTide Festival is a unique melting pot of the brightest new talents and the greats of today’s creative industries, in the intimate and beautiful setting of coastal Aldeburgh.”
HighTide Festival 2019 runs from 10th to 15th September 2019. For tickets and full programme, visit their website here