The HighTide Theatre festival is one of the most exciting theatre festivals in the country, having launched the careers of countless new playwrights, and being a lot of fun to boot.
It is also in Aldeburgh, which is lovely, but that’s in Suffolk, which isn’t the easiest hop, skip and jump unless you want to make a holiday of it.
This year, however, HighTide will succumb to the glorious inevitable and transfer en masse to a new site in Walthamstow – one of London’s theatre wastelands – following its traditional rural run.
Running Sep 26-Oct 8, the London leg of the festival will take place at a brand new temporary theatre space called The Mix and will comprise three headline plays, plus a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music.
Those plays, then, are the return of the hit play ‘Girls’ – a smash at Soho Theatre last year – plus two newies, Nessah Muthy’s ‘Heroine’, a drama about British patriotism, and the absolutely delightful sounding ‘Kanye the First’ by Sam Steiner – author of the brilliant ‘Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons’ – which charts the second coming of the global pop icon.
HighTide is at The Mix, Walthamstow. Sep 26-Oct 8. Tickets will be sold via the National Theatre.