HighTide and Soho Theatre in association with Unity Theatre Liverpool present Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten.

A devastatingly powerful new play from the UK’s most exciting political writer.

Last year 4,000 people drowned trying to get to Europe in rickety migrant boats. The UK government responded by eliminating support for the main rescue programme.

One man’s job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; the sea that gave birth to the world. And in the UK, a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. In a story of divide and rule, two strangers strive to find human connection in a world of separation. This is the story of two Europes – one that people are desperate to enter, and one that people are desperate to keep for themselves.

Lampedusa is by award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, A Day at the Racists, Black Jesus) and directed by Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide (peddling, Bottleneck, Lidless).

Having premiered at Soho Theatre before transferring to HighTide Festival 2015, Lampedusa is a play about being better than our rulers think we are.

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Activism starting with self


Powerfully affective


[Lustgarten's] best yet ... brave bold and moving.

The Guardian

Cast & Creatives

  • Steven Elder Stefano
  • Louise Mai Newberry Denise
  • Steven Atkinson Director
    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).
  • Lucy Osborne Design
  • Elliot Griggs Lighting
    Elliot trained at RADA. For HighTide: Forget Me Not  (Bush Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre/HighTide Festival/Unity Theatre, Liverpool). Theatre includes: Pomona (National Theatre/Royal Exchange/Orange Tree Theatre); Yen (Royal Court/Royal Exchange); The ArgumentDeluge (Hampstead Theatre); Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Hull Truck/Bolton Octagon); Chicken (Eastern Angles); Tether (Edinburgh Festival); buckets (Orange Tree Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Contact (Bravo 22); Benefit (Cardboard Citizens); Fleabag (Soho Theatre/UK Tour); Henry IV (Associate Lighting Designer, Donmar Warehouse); CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre); Defect (Perfect Pitch); He Had Hairy HandsThe Boy Who Kicked Pigs (The Lowry, Manchester/UK tour);  Marching On Together (Old Red Lion); My Eyes Went DarkRachel, John Ferguson, The Soft of her Palm, And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre); Infanticide (Camden People’s Theatre); Belleville Rendez-Vous (Greenwich Theatre); Meat (Theatre503); Lagan (Oval House Theatre); Love Re:Imagined (Only Connect); Folk Contraption (Southbank Centre).    Awards: Best Lighting Designer (Off West End Awards 2014); New Talent in Entertainment Lighting (Association of Lighting Designers 2014); Francis Reid Award (Association of Lighting Designers 2011); ShowLight Award (NSDF 2009).
  • Isobel Waller-Bridge Composer and Sound
  • Nadine Rennie CDG Casting Director