The excitement continues to build with as the HighTide Festival now upon us, bringing with it a wealth of events to attend in September. With so much to see and do, we thought we would make a selection of what not to miss from the festival’s programme. With so much to grab our attention, this was no easy feat.
The HighTide Symposium invites you to think big with a discussion . Bringing together three theatre experts, this event will explore the strengths and omissions in plays produced in British Theatre since the conception of HighTide back in 2007. If you are a regular to the theatre or indulge more of a passing interest, this opportunity is ideal to explore the work of some of the nation’s leading theatremakers, reflect on artistic trends, political and social shifts, and the way funding has shaped the last decade of contemporary British Theatre. This event will be on from 12pm until 5pm and will feature nearly 20 speakers who undertake various roles in such as writer's, artistic directors, producers and academics.
Drawing the first weekend of the HighTide Festival to a close will be The Three Stages of Denis King event on Sunday 11th September which will run from 9pm to 10pm. Interspered with live song and music, Ivor-Novello Award winning composer Denis King will discuss his remarkable career from spanning from his time as a member in Britain’s first boy band to composing TV themes, collaborating to write stage musicals and performing in stage shows himself.
Another highlight of the HighTide Festival are the Face to Face events which feature a programme of interviews and talks with a variety of artists including playwrights, directors, actors and critics. There will be seven Face to Face events this year, the first kicks off on Saturday 10th September running from 12pm to 1pm with Alexi Kaye Campbell, Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles discussing film, theatre and television. Later in the day from 5:30pm to 6:30pm the second Face to Face of HighTide will include actress Eleanor Bron in conversation with Terri Paddock as she discusses her illustrious career. On Sunday 11th September Celia Imrie with Terri Paddock will discuss her life and career, once again accompanied by Terri from 11am to 12pm. Also on the Sunday, in the afternoon from 2pm to 2:45pm theatre critic Charles Spencer with Michael Billington will discuss their lives and work, with Charles Spencer being one of the UK’s longest serving theatre critic. The following weekend sees Christopher Hampton with Kate Mosse from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Saturday 17th September as the playwright and screenwriter discusses his career including his renowned play and award winning film Dangerous Liaisons. On Sunday 18th September from 12pm to 12:45pm Steven Atkinson and Francesca Clark with Kate Mosse talk about the ten years of the HighTide Festival. This Face to Face is a free event and a brilliant insight to the history and development of the festival. The final Face to Face concludes on the Sunday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm with Tom Harper & James Norton - War and Peace. Best known for his recent BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s War & Peace, Harper’s work also includes Misfits, This is England ‘86 and Peaky Blinders. He will be joined by James Norton, star of War and Peace, and well known for his roles in Granchester and Happy Valley.
For more information about the HighTide Festival and to book tickets for events, please see the website.