This symposium brings together theatre experts to explore the strengths and omissions in the new plays produced in British Theatre since HighTide started in 2007. Whether you regularly see new plays, or if you have a passing interest, you will hear the reasons for programming plays direct from the decision makers, who will reflect on the artistic trends, political and social shifts, and the funding realities that have shaped a decade of contemporary British theatre. Click here to find out more about the speakers, schedule and sessions being discussed on the day.

Speakers include: 

Alecky Blythe – Writer – Recorded Delivery (London Road, The Girlfriend Experience)

Steve Waters – Writer & Academic (Temple, The Contingency Plan)

Peter Rowe – Artistic Director, New Wolsey

David Byrne – Artistic Director, New Diorama

Anna Brewer – Senior Commission Editor, Methuen Drama

Michael Buffong – Artistic Director, Talawa

Vicky Graham – Producer, Vicky Graham Productions

Ivan Cutting – Artistic Director, Eastern Angles

Rob Drummer – Artistic Director, Company of Angels

Robert Delamere – Director/Founder – Digital Theatre

Steven Atkinson – Artistic Director, HighTide Theatre

Melanie Spencer – Writer, HighTide Resident Writer

Chris Foxon – Producer & Academic, Papatango

Brian Logan – Artistic Director, Camden’s People Theatre

Nina Steiger – Dramaturg, National Theatre

Chris Campbell – Literary Manager, Royal Court

Luke Barnes – Writer (Bottleneck, Ten Storey Love Song)

Vinay Patel – Writer (True Brits, Murdered by my Father)

Alys Kihl – Artistic Director, Wonderful Beast

Matt Trueman – Theatre Critic

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