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Disruption: the future of new theatre, co-curated by HighTide and Assembly, exclusively at Assembly Roxy

Running July 31st - August 26th, this season will be formed of nine shows, each piece demonstrating HighTide and Assembly's shared vision for new writing as a space for political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new, diverse artists.

Disruption references the type of shows in the season, and an approach to producing them. Unlike the traditional process of play commissioning, HighTide are now welcoming submissions from independent theatre makers to co-produce two of these productions in the season with HighTide, followed by transfers to HighTide Festivals Aldeburgh and Walthamstow.

Alongside these two co-productions and the first show of the season to be announced, HighTide and Bush Theatre's co-production Rust by Kenny Emson, Assembly and HighTide will be co-curating a further programme of six shows which fit the artistic policy of the Disruption season. To be considered for the curated Disruption programme, please apply through Assembly Festival here. We are particularly interested in hearing from theatre makers living and working in Edinburgh, and throughout Scotland.

To find out more about how the HighTide Disruption co-productions work and how to apply, please see below.

Our collaboration to the Disruption co-productions will include:

A headline slot in the Disruption season at Assembly Roxy during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Performance slots in the two HighTide Festivals in September 2019 at Aldeburgh and Walthamstow;

Dramaturgy, artistic collaboration and rehearsal support from HighTide’s Artistic Director;

Producing mentoring in contracting, budgeting, cashflow and HR from HighTide’s producing team;

Casting and audition / meeting space at HighTide’s offices in Farringdon, London;

£5,000 investment towards producing costs;

PR representation by The Corner Shop PR and marketing support by Joe Public.

HighTide Festival is the bridge between new theatre makers starting out on the fringe and the festival’s proven ability to launch professional careers into the UK’s leading theatres. We want to help theatre makers, independent producers and companies to make the most out of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe by working with HighTide as co-producers. We want the HighTide Festivals to be a launch pad to securing a full-length run by performing to audiences unable to make it up to Edinburgh, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work in London and Suffolk.

As a company you will need to be the lead Producer for your production, with support, collaboration and guidance from HighTide.

This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Raising and balancing the production budget beyond box office income and HighTide's investment;
  • Contract and manage the production team;
  • Cover the mandatory Fringe and venue costs in Edinburgh which are: MTFF guarantee to Assembly, along with brochure entry cost and Fringe Society registration fee.

You will also need to be based in the UK and be able to commit to the full Edinburgh Festival Fringe run as well as be available for HighTide Festivals in September.

What are HighTide looking for?

HighTide exists to commission and develop emerging UK-based playwrights with brilliant potential, and produce their plays in East Anglia, London and beyond in productions that launch their careers and engage audiences nationally. Our vision for new writing is political, contemporary and provocative, created by new, diverse artists. Through Disruption, are are looking for collaborators to help develop what a HighTide show can be.

Applications for Disruption at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 are now closed. We'll be in touch with all applicants regarding their application in due course.