HighTide presents a work in progress extract of a new play by commissioned writer Sonia Jalaly.

A stack of postcards, a trail of secrets and an innate curiosity leads Beth to Blackpool where the lights flash and the rain glistens.

On a journey to find out who she is, Beth encounters all of what Blackpool has to offer from ballroom dancers to drag queens to organists to tribute acts. Someone must have the answers she’s looking for.

Oh We Do Like To Be tells an intergenerational story about nostalgia, identity and the good old British seaside through the eyes of a woman who longs to know who she is, featuring appearances from the likes of Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion and Bucks Fizz (kind of…)

Oh We Do Like To Be is part of the Latitude Festival.

Cast & Creatives

  • Max Gallagher Actor
  • Suba Das Artistic Director
    Suba Das is a theatre director and the Artistic Director and CEO of HighTide. He is a Trustee of The Sage, Gateshead. Previously he was Associate Director of Leicester Curve, one of the UK’s major producing houses, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, and Das has also directed for the Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage and the Roundhouse. In 2017 he made his opera directorial debut with the world premiere of Sukanya by Ravi Shankar for the Royal Opera and London Philharmonic. Suba read English at Clare College, Cambridge and trained on the Birkbeck Director Training Programme.
  • Helena Snider Resident Assistant Director
    Helena Snider is on a placement as Resident Assistant Director at HighTide. She is training in Theatre Directing on the Birkbeck College MFA. Directing credits include: GRAN and Bedlam before the Burnout (Headlong and HighTide, Signal Fires), Reunion (Theatre 503), White Lies (The Brockley Jack, also writer) and The Events (The Curve, Leicester, NSDF)