We’re thrilled to currently be working with a number of talented writers, artists and partners on a number of exciting projects in development. Keep your eyes peeled on our website for more information about these projects over the next year. But first – read more about our talented artists below.

Sonia Jalaly 

Sonia is a writer and practitioner from Manchester. She has a playful approach to making theatre and likes to work collaboratively with actors, directors and participants throughout the process. She trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has devised, written and performed work with a number of companies including the Kiln Theatre, Paines Plough, Hull Truck, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Delicatessen and Duckie. Her debut solo show, Happy Birthday Without You, toured to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in 2014 (where it won the best newcomer award), Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Kiln Theatre and she is currently developing a new show, Bits, with her company PaperMash Theatre and the support of the Wellcome Trust.

Sonia is currently developing Oh We Do Like To Be with HighTide. Oh We Do Like To Be will be a one woman show that explores the rich heritage of the British seaside tradition through the eyes of an 18 year old girl who longs to know where she comes from.


Theresa Ikoko  

Theresa has been working with HighTide since 2015 where HighTide first presented a reading of her play Normal at HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh. Theresa won the Alfred Fagon Award for her play Girls which premiered at HighTide Festival 2016 before embarking on a successful run at Soho Theatre. Girls returned in 2017 to be featured as part of British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe before another hugely successful run at HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh and the inaugural HighTide Festival Walthamstow.

Theresa is a Channel 4 Playwright on attachment to HighTide, writing and developing a new play under the mentorship of HighTide and Channel 4.


Taj Atwal 

Taj Atwal is best known as an actress for her work on TV shows Line of DutyIn The Club (BBC), Stella (Sky1) and theatre work including, Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Royal Court), East is East (West End), Educating Rita (Hull Truck).

Taj’s play Paradise Fields is a project that is being developed in partnership with HighTide and Tamasha. Paradise Fields follows the tumultuous life of a fifteen year old homeless Asian teen who has just been kicked out of her family home. A fast paced funny, honest and painful tale that encapsulates issues many homeless teens face…all to the backdrop of early 2000’s dance music.


William Drew  

William Drew is a writer, games designer and dramaturg, living in Brighton. He makes games and  other interactive experiences as Venice as a Dolphin, as a Coney associate and is Head of Experience for HiddenCity. In 2012, Coney gave William the opportunity to play-test the first game he ever made: The Eschaton, inspired by the eponymous fictional game described in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Since then, he has co-created and written a number of Coney projects including Act. Don’t Act, Your Connection is Not Private, The Green Gold Conspiracy, Adventure 1 and FuturePlay. As Venice as a Dolphin, he has made work for Camden People’s Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen, such as Public Radio and Kill Your Speed: Urban Snail Racing from 1979 to the Present Day. He’s written interactive material for a number of other companies, most recently providing the text for Fire Hazard’s The Circus, set in the world of cold war espionage inspired by John Le Carré’s novels. As a dramaturg, he has worked on productions including The Machine by Collectifandthen…(with Karkatag Collective) at the Barbican Centre and, since 2014, as the Associate Dramaturg of New Perspectives on their ongoing programmes to develop emerging writers in the East Midlands.

William will be working with HighTide and Coney to develop a piece of co-created live theatre where a new world is created from scratch every night, drawing on improvised theatre and storytelling games. The working title of this is The First Time as Tragedy, of which he is quite fond.


James McDermott  

James McDermott is a scriptwriter based in East Anglia. He was a member of Criterion Theatre’s Writing Group 2018, The Royal Court Writers Group 2017 and Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab 2016. His plays include Fast Food starring Jude Law (Lyric Gala; Lyric Hammersmith), Ordinary Boys (Playlist; Royal Court),‘Man Hug’ (Theatre Royal BSE; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017) and Rubber Ring (UK tour; Winner of Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017) which James is now adapting for TV with Hat Trick Productions. James is currently developing his new play Time and Tide (Longlisted for 2017’s Bruntwood and Papatango Playwriting Prizes) with The Park Theatre as part of their Script Accelerator Program 2018.

HighTide and Eastern Angles will be working with James to develop a comedy drama following the lives and loves of the staff of a Suffolk amusement arcade.


Writers and Directors we have worked with on projects in development over the last year include: Yolanda Mercy, Harry Davies, Tim Foley, Olivia Hirst, Isley Lynn, Ellie Kendrick, Milly Thomas, Rosy Banham, Tinuke Craig, Ng Choon Ping, Eleanor Rhode, Andrew Twyman, Roy Alexander Weise, Hannah Hauer-King, Blythe Stewart.