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8 Sep - 29 Oct
A World Premiere by Elinor Cook Church Hall
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A gorgeous piece gorgeously produced, Pilgrims is playwriting at its peak


HighTide, Theatr Clwyd and Vicky Graham Productions present the world premiere of Pilgrims

"You just want to stick flags on virgin territory and claim it as your own."

Dan and Will climb mountains. They long for the next big challenge, for the rush of discovering something new. When they climbed Everest aged 18 they became legends.

Rachel studies folklore. She prefers people to adventures. She thinks the world can be ruined by discovery, and people are always lost in the process.

With 16,000 feet to climb, can love conquer ambition?

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Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval.

Supported by: The Peter Wolff Trust

This poetic and quietly insightful three-hander shimmers

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Dates & Locations

HighTide Festival 2016 8 Sep - 29 Oct Book tickets
The Yard Theatre 20 September - 15 October Visit site
Theatr Clwyd Cymru 18 - 29 October Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Amanda Wilkin Rachel

    Amanda performed in Hamlet with Shakespeare’s Globe, which toured to every nation over two years.

    Theatre includes Hamlet; Gabriel; The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough, Birmingham Repertory); Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre); The Bacchae; Blood Wedding (Royal & Derngate); Marat/Sade; A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC); Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Theatre); The Twits (Dukes Theatre).

    Television includes Doctors (BBC1); Gavin and Stacey (BBC3, Baby Cow Productions)

  • Jack Monaghan Dan

    Jack Monaghan studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

    Theatre includes: As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe); Deposit (Hampstead Theatre); Regeneration (Royal & Derngate, UK Tour); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms); Cinderella and the Midnight Princess (Rose Kingston); The Merchant of Venice (Saïd Amphitheatre Oxford); War Horse (West End); Love on the Dole (Finborough Theatre); The Fading Hum (Manchester Theatre Festival).

    Television includes: Jack Taylor (ZDF, Telegael); The Ark (BBC); Black Mirror (Zeppotron, Channel 4).

    Film includes: Love’s Lost (Fizz and Ginger Films); The Somnambulists (Alan Mckenna Films).

  • Steffan Donnelly Will

    Steffan trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Theatre includes: Winter’s TalePericles; Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamTitus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Y Tŵr/The Tower (Invertigo Tour); A World Elsewhere (Theatre503); Journeying Boys (Barbican); Outside on the Street (Pleasance Edinburgh, Arcola Theatre); The Winslow Boy (Theatr Clwyd); Saer Doliau/Doll Mender (Finborough Theatre); I am Not Manuel (Teatre Lliure, Barcelona).

    Television includes: London Spy (BBC).

    Steffan is Joint Artistic Director of Invertigo Theatre Company, and has adapted My People (co-production with Theatr Clwyd), and is currently developing their new one-man show, My Body Welsh.

  • Elinor Cook Writer

    We are delighted to welcome Elinor Cook back to HighTide in this anniversary year following her debut production in HighTide Festival 2014. Since then her play Image of an Unknown Woman received wide critical acclaim at the Gate Theatre, and her play Ten Weeks premiered this Spring in a co-production between Paines Plough and RWCMD.

  • Tamara Harvey Director
  • James Perkins Designer
  • Victoria Smart Associate Designer

    Victoria Smart trained in Design for Performance at Wimbledon College of Art. Design credits: Carnival Journeys (V&A/ Complicite) Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse) The Last March (Bikeshed/ Southwark Playhouse) Maria 1968 (Edinburgh Fringe) Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar (Theatre 503 at Latitude). Production design for film: Nether (short). Costume work and supervising: German Skerries (Orange Tree Theatre) Sisters (East 15 Acting School) P'yongyang (Finborough Theatre) Oliver! (Curve, Leicester) Life of Stuff (Theatre 503). She also works as a prop and modelmaker and collaborates on artist led projects.

  • Nic Holdridge Lighting
  • Jared Zeus Sound Designer

    Jared is a graduate of Ithaca College USA and trained at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Previous theatre work includes Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd); Hello Goodbye and In the Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre); Breeders (St. James Theatre); Where The Mangrove Grows (Theatre503); Tartuffe (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Twelfth NightLove’s Labour’s Lost; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lamb Players). Jared is currently developing a new musical American Jesus, with book writer Peter Souter, which they have been workshopping with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  Television and film work includes Where Are We (short film); Someday; Worth the Wait (None in the Oven); Take Me Home and Worth the Wait (Medium); music for The Scenic Route and Fat Hammond’s Banjo Lounge (pilot). Jared was the main songwriter for Former Future and is also the writer and composer of the new pop musical Stay.

  • Tom Nickson Production Manager

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