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10 - 14 September
by Sophie Ellerby

 HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present 

LIT by Sophie Ellerby

"When I think about you my chest feels like it's about to explode and this energy pulses through me, heat, rising all the way up through my veins from my heart."

The problem with love is that it’s different for everyone. For Bex, love is a flirt in detention and the promise of a date at a Chinese buffet. She doesn’t even like Chinese. How long can she keep searching for love before she ends up burnt?

LIT explores the turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places.

Sophie Ellerby’s writing revives a proud British tradition of placing complex working class people at the heart of her work. Sophie is an actor and a writer, and the spark of LIT came from her experience studying young women and mothers in the prison system. Originally developed through HighTide’s First Commissions programme, we are proud to be co-producing the full production after presenting it as a reading in Festival 2017.

Director Stef O'Driscoll, director of Paines Plough Roundabout 2018 and 2019 seasons, is a leading innovator in British theatre; 'Creates an alternative experience for people who don’t think theatre is for them' The Stage.

HighTide Festival Aldeburgh Details:

Tue 10 September, 7.30pm
Wed 11 September, 6.30pm
Fri 13 September, 7pm 
Sat 14 September,

at Jubilee Hall.

Running time: 1h 30m

Age recommendation: 14+ This production contains strong language and references to sexual violence.

If you, or someone you know, are affected by anything in the play, please contact Fresh Start on 01473 353355 or Survivors in Transition on 01473 232499 (Mon–Fri 10am–3pm) or visit



Dates & Locations

Omnibus Clapham 17 - 21 September Visit site
Nottingham Playhouse 24 September - 5 October Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Sophie Ellerby Writer

    Sophie is a young writer whose main interest lies in every day people, from ‘the old lady with the funny eye clutching the tartan shopping trolley on Holloway Road, to the young girl on the Victoria line licking the McDonalds BBQ sauce straight out of the pot’. Sophie’s play is inspired by her time working in prisons during her studies in Manchester where she learnt about Theatre in Prisons. Her play Birds will focus on Bex, a young girl who has grown up without solid parental figures. When she becomes fast friends with Ruth she is taken in by their family… especially by her father who offers her protection like she’s never experienced. However Bex is on the cusp of puberty and the discovery of her womanhood and discovers she is most powerful when naked - a sad reality that may ruin her chances of simply being loved as she is.

  • Stef O'Driscoll Director

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