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HighTide at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

31 Jul–26 Aug Edinburgh

Disruption: The Future of New Theatre

Co-curated by HighTide and Assembly

 Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2019

The six pieces chosen for Disruption: The Future of New Theatre demonstrate HighTide and Assembly Festival’s shared vision for new writing as a space of political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new, diverse artists. Just announced in the HighTide program, a presentation with BBC Arts and BBC 3.

Tickets for HighTide at Edinburgh Festival Fringe are available here:

Rust By Kenny Emson
Collapsible by Margaret Perry
Pops by Charlotte Josephine
Since U Been Gone by Teddy Lamb
Pink Lemonade by Mika Johnson
Suffering From Scottishness by Kevin P. Gilday
Silver Darlings/ The Shores presented by BBC Arts, BBC 3 and HighTide

Tickets are now on sale from www.assemblyfestival.com.


Rust by Kenny Emson

Rust is about pushing the boundaries of trust, love and lust to the limit in this ultra- contemporary, sexy and funny production from Kenny Emson (Plastic, Old Red Lion) and directed by Eleanor Rhode (King John, Royal Shakespeare Company, Boudica, Shakespeare’s Globe). Nadia and Daniel have just signed for a flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally. After years of married life, this is their chance to start again. But, as much as they redefine the rules, the outside world is closing in. Rust is a love story about two people who didn’t expect to fall in love again. It’s about the societal pressures that can sometimes trap us, preventing us from chancing something or someone new.


Collapsible by Margaret Perry

Collapsible (winner of VAULT Festival 2019’s Origin Award for Outstanding New Work) is a funny, furious new monologue about holding on in this collapsing world, by award-winning Irish writer Margaret Perry (Porcelain, Abbey Theatre), directed by Thomas Martin (Ross and Rachel). Following the life of a complex, funny bisexual woman, it looks at the difficulties of finding connections to people when you don’t feel connected to yourself. Blending a fearless, psychologically acute female performance with a set intervention that appears to float the performer in the air, we see that the protagonist, despite everyone’s protestations, quite literally doesn’t have her feet on the ground.


Pops by Charlotte Josephine

Pops from award-winning writer Charlotte Josephine (Bitch Boxer, Blush), directed by Ali Pidsley of Barrel Organ, and co-produced by Live Theatre, follows a father and daughter caught in a cycle of addiction. Despite everything, they're really trying to honestly connect, forgive the unforgivable and love fiercely through a hopeless situation. Asking challenging questions about mental health, Pops looks at what is inherited and who is responsible, particularly in this harsh political climate. There are stubborn stigmas around mental health, particularly for the working class, and Pops seeks to tell a story that rids people of self-inflicted shame.


The Queer House Double Bill

Since U Been Gone by Teddy Lamb

Pink Lemonade by Mika Johnson

An exciting double bill between HighTide and The Queer House sees Since U Been Gone by Teddy Lamb and Mika Johnson’s Pink Lemonade alternate performances every day. Lamb’s moving autobiographical account of growing up queer in the East Midlands, finding yourself, and losing a friend is brought to life in Since U Been Gone with storytelling and an original pop music score. Johnson’s Pink Lemonade is a multi-disciplinary solo show, exploring masculinity and lesbianism in Black womxn. Fusing spoken word, bashment, original sound and movement, Pink Lemonade deconstructs micro-aggressions and explores the discourse around the fetishism of Black and Brown bodies.


Suffering From Scottishness by Kevin P. Gilday

An immersive theatrical experience that confronts the unique absurdity of Scottish identity, Suffering From Scottishness from award-winning writer and spoken word artist Kevin P. Gilday (Sonnet Youth, National Theatre of Scotland, BBC) turns a hilariously caustic eye on notions of nationhood and patriotism. From history to inventions, language to neighbourly relations, the Scottish independence referendum to the toxic mire of present political debate – Citizen Scotland invite audiences to take part in a focus group that will define the very future of the nation, for better or worse as they gleefully dissect the dark heart of the country.