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Steven Atkinson to step down from HighTide after 12 years

Steven Atkinson, artistic director of HighTide Steven Atkinson, artistic director of HighTide
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Steven Atkinson is to step down as artistic director of HighTide after 12 years, as the company announces it will take a season of plays to Edinburgh for the first time this year.

This means that HighTide will present three festivals in 2018, with its Edinburgh offering running in addition to its output in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow, where it staged work for the first time last year.

Atkinson said he was stepping down in 2019 to “take up new opportunities in theatre producing”.

HighTide chairman Tim Clark praised Atkinson’s contribution to HighTide as “immense”.

“We now embark on finding a successor to Steven, who will continue to bring passion, flair, integrity and commitment to the role of the artistic director,” he added.

An appointment is expected to be made before the end of the year.

The company’s season at Edinburgh, from August 1 to 27, will include five world premieres, which will then transfer to Walthamstow and Aldeburgh.

Its shows include Tallulah Brown’s Songlines, Sparks, a musical by Jessica Butcher, Danusia Samal’s Busking It, The Extinction Event by David Aula and Simon Evans, and Harry Blake’s musical Thor and Loki.

When they play in Aldeburgh in September, they will run alongside other shows including Jon Brittain’s cabaret A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad) and The Last Woodwose, starring Diana Quick. The festival runs in Aldeburgh from September 11 to 16.

In Walthamstow, the festival will once again take place in the Festival Hub, situated in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens. The hub is free to enter and includes an outdoor stage that offers nightly music. Arthur Darvill is among the acts performing gigs this year.

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