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HighTide reveals plans for festival in Lowestoft

The Marina Theatre, one of the venues for HighTide Festival Lowestoft
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Theatre company HighTide has announced plans for further expansion, with a festival of work to be staged in Lowestoft from 2021.

The company has been awarded £40,000 from the Foyle Foundation to develop plans for the festival, which would becomes its fourth, alongside existing ones in Aldeburgh, Walthamstow and Edinburgh, where it debuts this year.

Prior to the full festival, HighTide will this year bring Tallulah Brown’s Songlines to the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft in August. Further work will be toured to the town, ahead of the planned full festival in 2021.

Steven Atkinson, who announced earlier this month he would be stepping down as HighTide’s artistic director after 12 years, said the new festival would be a “platform for local artists”.

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“Thanks to the Foyle Foundation, we will now start developing plans for HighTide Festival Lowestoft with local artists and audiences, and we will also start to regularly tour HighTide productions to Lowestoft, beginning with Tallulah Brown’s Songlines to the Seagull this August,” he added.

Marina Theatre chief executive Emma Butler Smith said said HighTide would play its part in the “renaissance of the town”, which she said had been experiencing a “real uplift” in terms of cultural offerings.

“As well as access to great new theatre on our doorstep, Lowestoft has a wealth of local talent and energy, which we’re sure will get right behind – and into – HighTide in Lowestoft,” she added.