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Steven Atkinson: HighTide Festival 2016

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2016 marks the tenth HighTide Festival.

As befits a theatre company dedicated to staging new plays, the theme of the year is ‘innovation’.

We are staging an epic in the Jubilee Hall. The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie charts the transformation of a rural Chinese village from the Communist revolution through to modern commercialism.

The Pumphouse hit from 2015, Harrogate, transfers to the Royal Court Theatre in October. This year the Pumphouse premieres Girls, which takes us into a war zone through the eyes of three resilient women. The National Theatre’s Rufus Norris called Girls “a benchmark for quality in new writing of any kind”.

The Church Hall will be transformed into a mountain range for Pilgrims, a psychological battle of the sexes about ambition, colonialism and love.

A benchmark for quality in new writing of any kind...
Rufus Norris on Girls by Theresa Ikoko

Last year our temporary theatre on the Moot Green proved incredibly popular.  This year we are returning with the state-of-the-art Theatre Box and our production In Fidelity.

The Path, our special promenade play about Aldeburgh, departs from the Aldeburgh Cinema and culminates in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout.

This year the Festival box office is in the Aldeburgh Cinema and we are running a Festival Club in the East Coast Café each evening. Both venues have hot drinks and food, and are a welcoming stop-gap between shows. We also have events across town in the Cinema, Bookshop, Red House, Peter Pears Gallery, and the Garage opposite the East Coast Café.

We look forward to sharing this special anniversary season with you.

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