Writing festival returns
A PIONEERING festival to promote emerging writing talent will return to Halesworth next month.The HighTide festival will take centre stage at The Cut, from April 30 until May 3 for what organisers say is its fourth and most exciting season.
A PIONEERING festival to promote emerging writing talent will return to Halesworth next month.
The HighTide festival will take centre stage at The Cut, from April 30 until May 3 for what organisers say is its fourth and most exciting season.
Three plays will receive their world and UK premieres this year.
Each will be accompanied by a platform where guests will be interviewed by HighTide's artistic director, Sam Hodges, and there will be the chance to see a classic film on a big screen chosen by the playwrights.
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Before each film, HighTide organisers will speak to each writer about their play and film choice and there will be a question-and-answer session with the audience.
The play, Ditch, by Beth Steel, will premiere at the festival and is said to be a clear-eyed look at how we might behave when the conveniences of our civilisation are taken away.
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Set in Britain in the near future when much of the land is under water and the government has been reduced to a group of fascist strongmen, the men patrol the moors for “illegals” in a rural outpost of the state.
Also receiving its premiere is Lidless, the first play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. It deals with two people with links to Guantanamo Bay, one a former interrogator and the other a former prisoner.
The third play to be premiered at the festival is Moscow Live, by Serge Cartwright, and is based on his own experiences in a Moscow newsroom.
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The platforms accompanying the plays are: Climate Change Art: Does it do any good? Human Rights in Guantanamo and Russia versus The West.
Classic films chosen by the play-wrights will see Beth Steel introducing Fahrenheit 451, the 1966 film based on the novel by Ray Bradbury; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig introducing the 1974 film, The Night Porter; and Serge Cartwright introducing the 1976 satirical movie, Network.
To book tickets and for more details visit www.hightide.org.uk