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HighTide Festival

© Helen Maybanks

This year Aldeburgh will once again be host to the highly acclaimed HighTide Festival from 11-16 September.  Specially commissioned HighTide productions and visiting companies will perform in venues stretching across town from the Church Hall to the Pumphouse, and the packed programme offers a wide variety of plays and events for all ages.

At the centre of the theatre listings is Songlines written by Aldeburgh-raised Tallulah Brown – a coming of age love story set in Suffolk with live folk music from band TRILLS.  The show arrives at the Festival fresh from a highly successful run at the Edinurgh Fringe “..rides a wave of gentleness and empathy for teenage awkwardness.” ****Fest Magazine

The same applies to the four other plays which make up the core schedule:

  • the mind bending The Extinction Event starring David Aula and Simon Evans “Dead Cert” Lyn Gardner
  • Busking It– a musical tale from the youngest ever busker on the London Underground. “A moving show, a beautiful story.” A Younger Theatre
  • Sparks – “Writer and actor Jessica Butcher gives an exceptionally fervent performance.” ****Edinburgh Guide
  • and big-hearted comedy musical, Thor and Loki. “Crowd teasing, crowd pleasing, spectacular… theatre at its very best.”  *****The Mumble

The Festival will also feature sparkling local poet, Luke Wright, with his new show Poet Laureate,  Jeffrey Holland (of Hi-de-Hi fame) in …And This is My Friend Mr Laurel and a reading of Wonderful Beast’s The Last Woodwose with Diana Quick and accompanied by traditional music.

In addition, HighTide Festival offers two shows specifically for children and families with the inspirational Mrs H Sings and One Duck Down playing over the Festival weekend, plus top comedy acts including, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt and singing sisters Flo and Joan.

‘In Conversation’ returns  with award-winning writer Kate Mosse and prolific novelist Patrick Gale, and Apphia Campbell is back with more brilliant productions – her Fringe-First winning WOKE and Soul Sessions.

New for the Festival this year will be the HighTide Festival Hub and Café located in the Garage Gallery (opposite the East Coast Restaurant) and free late-night music and events at the Ye Olde Cross Keys including Danusia Samal and the Kings Driscolls – it’s not to be missed!

See the full programme and book tickets at hightide.org.uk – or to discuss any of the events, access needs or book by phone call 01728 687110.