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Hightide and Lansons Celebrate 10 years!


We’re celebrating our decade-long partnership!

Lansons and HighTide are thrilled that 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of our award winning partnership. Our partnership was founded on the simple idea of HighTide becoming a resident in Lansons’ offices, to enable us to invest arts funding in theatre production, rather than office space and administrative support. Since 2008, the partnership has grown into a multi-faceted relationship that we are both extremely proud of. The HighTide team have been busy working away in our office at Lansons HQ pulling together the programme for the 12th year of HighTide Festivals and are excited to finally shout about it!

This summer, we’re incredibly excited to present five world premiere productions at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before transferring them to the HighTide Festivals in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and Walthamstow London, as part of a brand new mentoring scheme for new playwrights and producers. The launch of the programme marks our commitment to creating a bridge that supports new theatre makers starting out on the fringe and is indicative of HighTide’s proven ability in providing a platform for launching professional careers with the UK’s leading theatres.

The fringe remains the key development ground for new writers and producers, so HighTide helping these artists to make the most of it artistically and as a launch pad is an exciting new element of HighTide’ s unique work in championing new talent. In then presenting the plays at our Aldeburgh and Walthamstow festivals, HighTide can both further support the artists in their career development and also ensure a wide range of audiences see the work.

Over more than a decade HighTide has built a reputation for commissioning and producing the country’s best new playwrights at its festival in Aldeburgh, and in theatres across the UK. Last year we launched an additional HighTide Festival after 11 successful years in Suffolk, bringing the HighTide Festival to London’s Walthamstow, recognising both the opportunity for new plays to be seen by as wide an audience as possible, and the lack of performance venues in the borough. The ten day event welcomed over 6,000 new audiences and following this year will return in 2019 as part of Waltham Forest’s London Borough of Culture programme.

HighTide’s centrepiece production this year, co-produced with associate company DugOut Theatre, is a song laced coming of age tale by Aldeburgh-based writer Tallulah Brown called Songlines, and features live folk music from the award-winning band TRILLS.

HighTide’s associate productions selected through an open script submission process are: Sparks; Jessica Butcher’s two-hander musical about the brain’s response to grief; Danusia Samal’s gig-theatre piece Busking It, drawing on a decade of busking on the tube; The Extinction Event from David Aula and Simon Evans an examination of what happens when science starts thinking for itself; and finally, Harry Blake’s fierce, fabulous new comedy musical about Norse gods Thor and Loki.

In a new partnership for HighTide, four productions will be presented by the Pleasance, one of the leading and biggest Fringe venues. The partnership is part of a wider commitment by both organisations to increase support to new writing across the Fringe and wider Festival circuits. Songlines, Sparks, Busking It and The Extinction Event will run at Pleasance throughout August. Thor and Loki will run at Assembly.

In addition to these five premiere productions, both festival programmes in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow feature a stellar line up of high quality theatre, comedy, music and family events as well as our popular series of talks, sponsored by Lansons. Our talks see esteemed much celebrated artists reflect on their careers and work – previous artists have included Sheila Hancock and Celia Imrie.

The full HighTide Festival line up will be announced and on sale from the 3rd July and you can catch our five productions up in Edinburgh before they make their way to HighTide Festivals this September.

Roll on a summer of theatre and fun!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 1 – 27th August

HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh: 11 – 16th September

HighTide Festival, Walthamstow: 18 – 30th September

Tickets and more information here.

Or get in touch with Holly White, Assistant Producer,