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NEWS: HighTide expands to three festivals as artistic director Steven Atkinson reveals he will step down in 2019

In Festivals, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre, Scotland by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The full line-up for the 2018 HighTide Festivals in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow has been announced, alongside the news that artistic director Steven Atkinson will stand down in 2019 after 12 years of successful leadership.

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SEA FRET – Old Red Lion Theatre

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In this play, two girls on an East Coast shore are childhood friends. Now (in a rather overlong first half) they are school-leavers having all-night beach raves, necking absinthe and sniggering about sex in the manner of girls thee years younger: their territory a half-submerged WW2 pillbox on the shingle, on which they have scrawled memories of childhood and teens.

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SEA FRET – Old Red Lion Theatre

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Designer Rūta Irbīte converts the stage into a section of the Suffolk coastline that writer Tallulah Brown grew up around and under Simon Gethin Thomas’ sun-bright lighting and Daniel Balfour burbling sound design, it looks absolutely gorgeous, transformative in the best possible way. And on this bit of beach, the tangled friendship of Ruby and Lucy plays out a key stress-test of a moment.