The events of 2020 have raised a number of uncertainties and concerns for our society. The Covid-19 Global Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have highlighted the significant and entrenched inequalities that are still present within our world and within the arts sector. It is the responsibility of organisations like HighTide, who are dedicated to nurturing truly diverse talent, to ensure that the industry is representative of our society and to challenge this status-quo. We are deeply concerned about whose stories get to be told and more crucially whose stories are missing. It is vital that voices are not lost as a result of the many barriers that existed prior to this pandemic and have manifested as a result of it.

HighTide has successfully trained and developed playwrights throughout our 13-year history. We are experts in providing writers with the tools and experience to hone their craft and create work that has something to say about the world we live in. This year has been no different. We have been at the forefront of providing crucial artist support and development throughout the pandemic. We have been dedicated to providing increased opportunities, employing freelance artists and engaging more writers than ever before.

“Thank you so much for opening up this initiative in such a trying time for our industry. It is gestures like this that give artists like myself hope for the future and to continue within the creative industries- which at the moment looks incredibly bleak – but which I believe are so vital for society.” Lighthouse Programme participant

With a deeper understanding of the deep impact this year will have for years to come, we look to imagining the future of theatre. We are committed to working with and listening to artists to explore how theatre comes back better and stronger and in a way that truly reflects the world we live in.

For more information on Inventing The Future, including our brand new School of HighTide, visit the pages on the left.

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