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HighTide Festival comes to London

For almost a decade, Lansons and HighTide have enjoyed a unique, award-winning relationship between an arts charity and business. We share our offices with HighTide, which enables the theatre company to focus resources and funding on achieving their mission: to stage the best new plays by emerging writers. HighTide playwrights are new, adventurous and diverse in terms of ethnicity, political philosophy, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Our relationship with HighTide has been recognised by a number of prestigious industry awards since its inception. Most recently, we were proud to win Bronze for Best Arts and Culture Programme and Best Collaborative Approach at the Corporate Engagement Awards, up against competition including PwC and The Old Vic. If you would like us to help you create your own award-winning CSR programme, get in touch.

Over the years our offices have hosted over 15,000 young artists, that to date has resulted in over 55 theatre productions and hundreds more play developments. In turn, HighTide contributes to Lansons’ creative, vibrant and diverse culture, and we have the opportunity to engage with the cultural sector by attending productions, readings and the annual HighTide Festival.

Many of you – our clients, contacts and friends – have also enjoyed attending HighTide’s powerful and provocative plays over the years, from Peddling at the Arcola to Lampedusa at Soho Theatre. But it has been more of a challenge to attend HighTide Festival, which lies at the heart of the theatre company, since it is held each year in the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk. That is, until now…!

We are very excited that for the first time, HighTide Festival is coming to London.

This October HighTide Festival is coming to Walthamstow in their own theatre venue The Mix. The Mix is a state of the art 260 seat auditorium, and it will enable HighTide to stage productions on a scale and with the technical resources greater than most studio theatres.

Over the course of 12 days, from 26 September to 8 October, HighTide will present a diverse programme of outstanding live performance, including three headline theatre performances, comedy, cabaret and music.

The headline performances include the world premiere of Kanye the First. Sam Steiner’s first commissioned play is a dazzlingly funny and original drama about identity, guilt, contemporary culture and the second coming of Kanye West.

Patriotism, nativism and modern Britain collide in Heroine, Nessah Muthy’s devastating exploration of the UK today. And the sold-out, critically acclaimed play Girls, which premiered at HighTide last year, will also return.

Described by The Times as “scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch”, Theresa Ikoko’s play explores the voices and stories behind the trending hashtags and headlines that so quickly become yesterday’s news; in this case, the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

In addition to theatre performances, there are numerous other events taking place, including talks with world class artists. International best-selling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer Kate Mosse returns for her popular series In Conversation. This year Mosse is interviewing author Author Michael Morpurgo and actress, author and presenter Sheila Hancock. Lansons is proud to be sponsoring this event.

We encourage you to take a trip to Walthamstow in October to experience HighTide’s first London Festival. HighTide will also continue to hold their Festival in Aldeburgh, so if you happen to be in Suffolk, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to preview this years’ dazzling programme before it comes to London.

HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh runs from 12 – 16 September and in Walthamstow from 26 September – 8 October 2017. You can book tickets on their website, or let us know if you are interested in attending at HTGroup@Lansons.com.