"HighTide is a fresh idea powered by the priceless incentive of production. It deserves to succeed"
Sir David Hare, 2007
HighTide was formed in 2007 as a one-off festival at The Cut arts centre, Halesworth, Suffolk to profile new work by up and coming playwrights in a creative and nurturing environment. A decade on and the annual Festival, now in Aldeburgh, has given life to over sixty new productions. Our programming continues to define the mainstream culture as HighTide playwrights dominate the new work being created on the British stage.
Following the second Festival in 2008, HighTide was invited to transfer Adam Brace's Stovepipe to London with the National Theatre. This commenced an unmatched record of transfers from the Festival to other leading theatres, including Beth Steel's Ditch with the Old Vic Theatre, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless with Trafalgar Studios, Nick Payne's Incognito with the Bush Theatre, Luke Norris's So Here We Are with the Royal Exchange Theatre, to most recently Rob Drummond's In Fidelity with the Traverse Theatre, Theresa Ikoko's Girls with Soho Theatre, and Al Smith's Harrogate with the Royal Court Theatre.
The Festival has hosted In Conversation events with many celebrated established artists, including Tom Stoppard, Juliet Stevenson, David Hare, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Palin, Celia Imrie and Michael Gambon. The Festival has produced readings of brand new plays that have subsequently been developed through to full production.
In 2015, the Festival changed location to the gorgeous coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk during September. Aldeburgh has proven an inspiring place for artists to relax and create brand new work, and for artists to enjoy though-provoking, adventurous theatre.
We were thrilled to continue to grow HighTide Festival in 2017 with the exciting addition of HighTide Festival in Walthamstow, Greater London. This allowed us to further engage new audiences with emerging playwrights making excellent new work. We were excited to return to Waltham Forest with HighTide Festival 2018 and are looking forward to being part of the inaugural Borough of Culture in 2019 with our third HighTide Festival Walthamstow in 2019.
And HighTide continues to make innovative productions outside of the annual festivals, such as Molly Taylor's See Me Now with the Young Vic and Jack Thorne's Stuart: A Life Backwards with Sheffield Theatres.
"HighTide has established itself as a major platform for new playwrights."
The Stage, 2015