The School of HighTide Podcast

14th April 2021

We’ve made a podcast…

The School of HighTide podcast supported by Nick Hern Books, the UK’s leading specialist theatre publisher and performing-rights agent. It’s a six-part series expanding on the content of the School of HighTide, our free workshop programme for writers who identify as Black, Asian, MENA, Latin and/or all Minority Ethnic heritage. Its aim is to help all artists expand their craft, including practical writing skills, navigating the industry, the future of theatre, politics and artist wellbeing.

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Episode 1 – Researching a New Play with Debbie Hannan

Our guest this week is director Debbie Hannan and we explore curiosity led ways to research your work, from digging deeper into the world, to using art works as research, to finding new surprises in the play itself.

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Episode 2 – The Beauty of Joy: How to Write Work with Joy

Our guest this week is HighTide commissioned writer Sonia Jalaly. This episode discusses the value of joy in theatre. We chat about creating work that’s joyful to bringing joy in to your creative process to the power of using joy to shape your career as an artist.

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Episode 3 – Creating Community and Youth Work

Our guest this week is Ned Glasier, Artistic Director of Company Three. We discussed creating collaborative work with communities and young people, how theatre can honour its civic duty to its community and the range of artistic possibilities working with communities can offer.

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Episode 4 – Writing Characters and Intersectionality

Our guest this week is Writer & Actor Temi Wilkey. We discussed writing intersectional characters, how you can create rounded characters and how you can explore the wealth of human experience with confidence in your work.

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Episode 5 – Theatre, Journalism and Activism

This week’s guest is award winning playwright and journalist Juliet Gilkes Romero. We discussed writing from real life events, shining a light on important issues and creating work that has the power to challenge the world we’re living in.

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Episode 6 – Sustaining Your Creative Practice

In our final episode of this series, we speak to playwright Eve Leigh on how to create a joyful creative practice, finding inspiration beyond conventional structures and getting big ideas down on the page. It was a wide and far-reaching conversation and we hope you’re inspired by the discussion. We also reflected on the conversations we’ve had during this series and our hopes for the future.

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About the Podcast

The podcast forms part of our current strand of work ‘Inventing The Future’ which includes partnerships with the University of East AngliaUniversity of the Arts London; and Rose Bruford College, as we explore the future of new writing post-COVID 19.

In 2021, it’s even more crucial to us that we recognise and lift up new voices. We want to work with writers who are forward thinking, who are considering how to make art in response to the tumultuous times we’re living in. We asked the question ‘how can we tool artists to be creating work with a civic duty at the heart of it whilst making sure that they are able to look after their own heart, soul and mind?’ Our answer to this is the School of HighTide programme and podcast series.

Co-created and curated by HighTide Associate Artist Chris Sonnex and Artistic Director Suba Das and produced and presented by artist Naomi Soneye-Thomas each episode features a conversation with a leading arts trailblazer on a topic they are passionate about.

Lansons have kindly provided editing support, continuing the long-term partnership between us. We’re also delighted to be working with Nick Hern Books on this project, due to our shared commitment to uplifting artistic voices.

We hope you enjoy listening and let us know what you think. #HighTidePodcast

Created by support from the Culture Recovery Fund

Inventing the Future work is made possible through the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Produced by HighTide and supported by Nick Hern Books and Lansons

Editor: Callum Swinger and Liam Cameron

Original Artwork: Dragonfly Design