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27 September - 8 October
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HighTide and Theatr Clwyd present the world premiere of Heroine by Nessah Muthy.

"We need to take back control, not politicians, not the police, us, the people, we are the power."

Young soldier Grace, following a medical discharge from the army, faces a daunting return to the UK. She struggles to find her place, her people.

Post-conflict and in search of the friendship she’s lost, Grace volunteers at a local community centre, bonding with other women. As her trust in the women grows, so does her confidence. She hasn’t laughed like this for as long as she can remember, and she almost forgets she has a secret to keep.

But as the group starts taking action, Grace’s secret becomes harder to hide, and the trust she has built begins to fray. Forced to question the very foundations of her beliefs, Grace finds herself back on the front line, but who is she fighting?

Patriotism, nativism and modern Britain collide in Nessah Muthy’s devastating exploration of the UK today.

Running time: 1 h 30 min

Recommended age: 14+ Contains strong language




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Dates & Locations

HighTide Festival Walthamstow 2017 27 September - 8 October Book tickets
HighTide Festival Aldeburgh 2017 13 Sep - 4 Nov Book tickets
Sherman Theatre 13 Sep - 4 Nov Visit site
Theatr Clwyd 13 Sep - 4 Nov Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Asmara Gabrielle

    Asmara Gabrielle’s theatre credits include Pimp Bobby (Leicester Square Theatre). Her film credits include Finding Fatimah (BMTV), My Abuse, and How to Succeed.

  • Maggie McCarthy

    Maggie McCarthy’s theatre credits include Silver Lining (English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston), We Wait in Joyful Hope (Theatre 503), Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Theatres), Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Absence of War (Headlong, Rose Theatre, Kingston & Sheffield Theatres). National Theatre credits include Children of the Sun, Cocktail Sticks and Mother Clap's Molly House. Recent television credits include Dancing On The Edge (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Coronation Street (Granada Television). Film credits include Angela’s Ashes, Attack the Block, The History Boys, Calendar Girls and soon to be released Ghost Stories.

  • Wendy Morgan

    Wendy Morgan's theatre credits include Animal Farm,  Martine (Olivier and Standard Best Actress Nominations), Yonadab, As I Lay Dying, Bacchai, Streetcar Named Desire, Phedre (National Theatre) Hatched and Dispatched (Park Theatre). Film credits include Yanks (Most Promising Newcomer Award), Birth of The Beatles, 84 Charing X Road, The Mirror Crack'd', Television credits include The Jewel In The Crown (Granada TV), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Casualty (BBC), Wire in the Blood (ITV) and Emmerdale (ITV).

  • Lucy Thackeray

    Lucy Thackeray recently appeared in Alginate at the Bunker Theatre. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre) and Bike (Salisbury Playhouse). Her television credits include Damned (Channel 4) New Tricks (BBC), The Five (Red Productions for Sky) and Casualty (BBC).

  • Hannah Traylen

    Hannah Traylen graduated from Italia Conti last year and is making her professional stage debut. Her theatre credits whilst at drama school include Coram Boy, The Libertine, Time and the Conways, Three Sisters, and Twelfth Night (all Italia Conti), Oliver Twist (Italia Conti, Edinburgh Fringe) and God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman (Grindstone, Tristan Bates Theatre). Her television credits include Howards End (BBC/Starz), Doctors (BBC), Harlots (ITV Encore), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Unforgotten (ITV).

  • Nessah Muthy Writer
  • Steven Atkinson Director

    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide.

    His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude).

    His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).

  • Richard Kent Design

    The Country Girls (Chichester), Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre), Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre), Unfaithful (Found111), Oliver (Grange Park Opera), Watership Down (The Watermill), The Winter’s Tale and Cymbeline (The Globe), The Cocktail Party (Print Room at the Coronet), The Mentalists (Wyndhams Theatre), Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Outside Mullingar (Theatre Royal Bath), Man to Man (Wales Millenium Centre), Multitudes (Tricycle), Anything Goes, This is my family (Sheffield Crucible + UK Tour), Bad Jews, (Ustinov Bath, St James, Arts, Haymarket, Uk Tour), The Colby Sisters Of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, A Boy and His Soul, Paper Dolls (Tricycle), Handbagged (Tricycle, Vaudeville + UK Tour), The Merchant of Venice (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The El. Train (Hoxton Hall) Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios 2), Macbeth, Sheffield Mysteries (Sheffield Crucible), Neighbors, (Hightide Festival + Nuffield), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), Josephine Hart Poetry Week (ARTS), 13 (NYMT, Apollo), Clockwork (Hightide Festival), Titanic – Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioners Inquiry: 1912 (MAC Theatre, Belfast), Richard II  (Donmar Warehouse), Mixed Marriage (Finborough Theatre), Decline and Fall (Old Red Lion), Stronger and Pariah (Arcola), Gin and Tonic and Passing Trains (Tramway, Glasgow).

    Richard worked as Associate to Christopher Oram from 2008 – 2012.

  • Elliot Griggs Lighting

    Elliot trained at RADA.

    For HighTide: Forget Me Not  (Bush Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre/HighTide Festival/Unity Theatre, Liverpool).

    Theatre includes: Pomona (National Theatre/Royal Exchange/Orange Tree Theatre); Yen (Royal Court/Royal Exchange); The ArgumentDeluge (Hampstead Theatre); Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Hull Truck/Bolton Octagon); Chicken (Eastern Angles); Tether (Edinburgh Festival); buckets (Orange Tree Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Contact (Bravo 22); Benefit (Cardboard Citizens); Fleabag (Soho Theatre/UK Tour); Henry IV (Associate Lighting Designer, Donmar Warehouse); CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre); Defect (Perfect Pitch); He Had Hairy HandsThe Boy Who Kicked Pigs (The Lowry, Manchester/UK tour);  Marching On Together (Old Red Lion); My Eyes Went DarkRachel, John Ferguson, The Soft of her Palm, And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre); Infanticide (Camden People’s Theatre); Belleville Rendez-Vous (Greenwich Theatre); Meat (Theatre503); Lagan (Oval House Theatre); Love Re:Imagined (Only Connect); Folk Contraption (Southbank Centre).   

    Awards: Best Lighting Designer (Off West End Awards 2014); New Talent in Entertainment Lighting (Association of Lighting Designers 2014); Francis Reid Award (Association of Lighting Designers 2011); ShowLight Award (NSDF 2009).

  • Adrienne Quartly Sound Designer

    Adrienne is a Sound Designer/Composer. Work includes: Opening Skinner’s Box (Improbable/Lincoln Center, New York); Rose (Home Manchester); The Crucible (Selladoor/Hornchurch); Cuttin’ It, The Container (Young Vic); I am Thomas (Told by an Idiot/NTS); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Splendour (Donmar); Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate); A Raisin in the Sun, One Monkey, 93.2Fm (Eclipse); Ghost Train, Too Clever, You Can’t Take It With You (Told by an Idiot/Royal Exchange); Sex & 3 day week (Liverpool Playhouse); Inside Wagner’s Head (Royal Opera House); Every Last Trick (Spymonkey); Fräulein Julie (Schaubuhne/Barbican); And the Horse, Get Happy (Told by an Idiot); Importance of Being Earnest (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Rings of Saturn (Cologne); Stockholm (Frantic Assembly); Thomas Hobbes (RSC); Woyzeck (St Ann’s, NYC); Fastest Clock (Hampstead); Faustus, School for Scandal, Volpone, Duchess of Malfi (Stage on Screen).

  • Louis Hammond CDG Casting Director

    For HighTide: Harrogate (HighTide Festival)

    Theatre includes:  The 5 Plays Project (Young Vic); Inkheart (HOME Manchester); The Distance (Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Richmond); Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible); Creditors (Young Vic); The Funfair (HOME Manchester); PrimetimeViolence and Son; Who CaresFireworks (Casting Associate at the Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (HOME Manchester); Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible); Driving Miss Daisy (UK Tour); Batman Live (World Arena Tour); The Trial of Dennis The Menace (Southbank Centre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse); Blue/Orange (Arcola); Von Ribbentrop’s Watch (UK Tour); Mrs Reynolds and The RuffianBrighton Beach MemoirsAbsent Friends (Watford Palace); All My Sons (Curve, Leicester); 50th Anniversary Season of 50 Rehearsed ReadingsCaryl Churchill SeasonInternational Residencies and new writers’ Rough Cuts presentations (Royal Court); The Member of the WeddingDirty ButterflyThe Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic); Loot (Tricycle Theatre); Blowing Whistles (Leicester Square Theatre); Testing the Echo (Tricycle Theatre/Out of Joint Tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour/Vaudeville); Donkeys’ Years (UK Tour); Rock’n’Roll (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre); Jus’ Like That (Garrick).

    Screen includes: Head of Casting at The Bill (Thames TV), and also cast films Arsene LupinNe Quittez PasBeyond Re-Animator; and Mirrormask.

  • Charlotte Fraser Assistant Director
  • Heather Doole Production Manager
  • Roisin Symes Stage Manager
  • Ryan Walklett Costume Supervisor

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