HighTide and Bush Theatre present

Rust by Kenny Emson

“Rule number eleven: We don’t talk about them. Not here. They don’t exist here.”
Nadia and Daniel have just signed on the dotted line for a studio flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally – Mr and Mrs White. After years of school pick-ups, TV takeaways, and the day to day drudgery of married life, this is their chance to wipe the slate clean. But as much as they try and redefine the rules, and themselves, the outside world is closing in.
Sexy and funny, Rust explores the societal pressures that can trap us and prevent us from taking a chance on something, or someone, new.
Eleanor Rhode returns to HighTide after directing the smash-hit Festival 2018 favourite Thor and Loki, paired with East Anglian writer Kenny Emson on one of our centrepiece productions about two people who never expected to fall in love again.
HighTide Aldeburgh Festival Details:
Tue 10 September, 7.45pm Wed 11 September, 2pm & 8pm Fri 13 September, 2pm & 7.30pm Sat 14 September, 2pm & 6pm
Sun 15 September, 3pm
Playing at Pumphouse
Running time: 1h 10m
Age recommendation: 14+
   Supported by the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.  

"An understated tragedy, beautifully written and well executed"

The Spy In The Stalls

"Wholly captivating|

Broadway World

"It's never less than compelling"

The Times

"Line by line, Emson's writing is fresh"

Time Out

Cast & Creatives

  • Jon Foster Daniel
  • Claire Lams Nadia
  • Kenny Emson Writer
    Kenneth Emson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Quadrophenia (Mercury Theatre), Parkway Dreams (Sir John Mills Theatre) Terrorism (Bush Theatre), This Must be the Place (Vault Festival – co-written with Brad Birch) and Plastic (Old Red Lion). He was co-creator, co-writer and associate producer on the BAFTA Craft, SXSW and Prix Italia nominated The Last Hours of Laura K and adapted Agatha Christie’s The Coming of Mister Quin which was nominated for a BAFTA CYMRU games award. He has written for EastEndersDoctors, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has been shortlisted for the Bruntwood, Red Planet and Papatango Prizes as well as winning the Adrienne Benham, Off West End Adopt a Playwright and Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting awards.
  • Eleanor Rhode Director

    Director Eleanor Rhode is an Associate Artist for HighTide, for whom she directed the musical Thor and Loki for the Edinburgh and HighTide Festivals with Vicky Graham Productions. Her most recent work includes the world premiere of Boudica by Tristan Bernays for the Globe Theatre, Blue Door for Theatre Royal Bath, and Wendy and Peter Pan for The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.

    In 2009 she co-founded Snapdragon Productions to bring neglected and unknown works to new audiences. Work for Snapdragon includes the critically acclaimed production of Toast by Richard Bean (UK Tour and New York), which was nominated for Best Touring Production at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards; and the award-winning world premiere of musical Teddy by Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine, which she revived last year for a national tour and London run at the Vaults.

    Other recent work includes: Frankenstein (Watermill Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall); Terrorism (Bush Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Watford Palace Theatre); When We Were Women (Orange Tree Theatre); Toast and Thark (both Park Theatre); Generous; The Drawer Boy and A Life (all Finborough Theatre) and the world premiere of the musical For All That for Centerstage Theater, Seattle.

    Forthcoming productions include King John for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

  • Max Johns Theatre Designer
    Max Johns trained in theatre design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was the recipient of a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship in 2015. Prior to this he worked for a number of years as a designer in Germany. His most recent UK productions include Strange Fruit for the Bush, The Half God of Rainfall for Kiln/Birmingham Rep/Fuel, Wendy and Peter Pan for The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Kes and Random for Leeds Playhouse, Utility for the Orange Tree Theatre, Buggy Baby for the Yard Theatre, Yellowman for the Young Vic, Baddies for Synergy Theatre Project, Fidelo for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Enron for the Egg, There Shall Be Fireworks for the Plasticine Men, Twelfth Night for the Orange Tree Theatre, Life Raft, Medusa and Under A Cardboard Sea for Bristol Old Vic, Strawberry And Chocolate for Tobacco Factory Theatres, Infinity Pool for Bedlam, Bucket List for Theatre Ad Infinitum, and Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Max has also had work produced at the V&A and Theatre Royal Bath. Forthcoming productions include King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Eleanor Rhode.
  • Jess Bernberg Lighting Designer

    Jess Bernberg is a London based Lighting Designer. She trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was the 2018 Laboratory Associate Lighting Designer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.  Her designs include: Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself (Ovalhouse); Out of Water; Cougar (Orange Tree Theatre); The Crucible; Sex Sex Men Men; A New and Better You; Buggy Baby (The Yard); The Town that Trees Built (Young Vic); And the Rest of Me Floats (Birmingham Rep/Bush Theatre); The Borrowers (Tobacco Factory); Fabric; Drip Feed (Soho Theatre); Victoria’s Knickers; Consensual (NYT); Medusa; Much Ado About Nothing; DungenessLove and Information (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Homos, or Everyone in America (Finborough Theatre); Songlines (HighTide); Punk Rock; Pomona (New Diorama/Mountview); Devil with the Blue Dress; FCUK’D (Off West End Award nomination) (The Bunker).

    In 2017 Jess was awarded the Association of Lighting Designer’s Francis Reid Award.

  • Kieron Johnson Associate Lighting Designer
    Kieron is a Lighting Designer based in Leeds and works in Theatre and Contemporary Dance. Previous credits include: the sea tells a story (Ben Wright); 99 Moves and Vanishing Points (Zoi Dimitriou); FIM (Theo ’TJ’ Lowe); Tides (Joss Arnott); Nothing & Being, Being & Nothing (Gary Lambert); At The End We Begin (Richard Chappell); Misura (Hubert Essakow); Aperture (Kerry Nicholls); (Im)Pulse (Dam Van Huynh); Everything Between Us and You’re Human Like The Rest Of Them (Finborough Theatre); Thirst (The Space); Wasted (King’s Head Theatre); Songlines (HighTide/Associate LD); Run (JW3/Bunker/Associate LD).
  • David Gregory Sound Designer
    David Gregory has sound designed many productions across the West End, UK and Internationally. He won the TTA Award for Sound in 2015. He is an associate sound designer at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury. David's most recent and upcoming credits include: King John (RSC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour); Pope (Royal and Derngate); Blue Door (Theatre Royal Bath); Cat In The Hat (Curve & UK Tour); Fantasia (Vaults)Thor & Loki (Assembly Roxy); Tartuffe (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Twelfth Night (Wilton's Music Hall); The Selfish Giant (Vaudeville/Northampton); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Watermill); George's Marvellous Medicine (Curve & UK Tour); The Borrowers (Watermill); Boudica (Shakespeare's Globe); Bombay Roxy (Dishoom); Cunning Vixen (ENO & Silent Opera); Gabriel (UK Tour); Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet (Watermill & Euro Tour); Grapes of Wrath (UK Tour/Nuffield); Frankenstein (Wilton's Music Hall); These Trees Are Made Of Blood (Arcola)Terrorism (Bush Theatre); Queens of Syria (Young Vic & UK Tour); Alice in Wonderland (Watermill); The First Man (Jermyn Street Theatre); Our Friend The Enemy (UK/NYC); Pocket Merchant (Propeller Theatre Company); When We Were Woman (Orange Tree).
  • Natalie Denton Associate Director
    Natalie Denton was one of the Jerwood Assistant Directors at the Young Vic in 2017, assisting Benedict Andrews on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. More recently, she has worked as assistant director with Headlong Theatre and Mark Rubenstein Ltd. on developing Richard III and Sing Street respectively. She is currently exploring film production with a view to working in television and film development in the future and was on a placement at Revolution Films Ltd. Other theatre credits include: As Director: Breathe (Bread & Roses); Five Plays: Nuclear (Young Vic Theatre); RWR: The Birthday Party (Theatre 503); Fingertips (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); At First Sight (Karamel Club). As Assistant Director: Teddy (UK Tour & Southwark Playhouse); Years of Sunlight (Theatre 503); 13 (Unicorn Theatre).
  • Sophie Parrott CDG Casting Director
    Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG. Theatre credits include: Sweeney Todd; Othello; Paint Your Wagon; Clockwork Orange; The Big I Am; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Liverpool Everyman); One Night In Miami; Wonderland (remount); Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse); Songlines (HighTide); An Octoroon (Orange Tree Theatre / National Theatre); Blood Knot; The March On Russia (Orange Tree Theatre); The Crucible; Buggy Baby; This Beautiful Future (Yard Theatre); Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure; Winter Solstice (Actors Touring Company); The Claim (Shoreditch Town Hall & National Tour); All The President's Men; Pomona (additional casting) (National Theatre); Death Of A Salesman (Royal and Derngate / Tour); Wish List; Yen (Royal Court and Royal Exchange Manchester); A Streetcar Named Desire (co-casting director, Royal Exchange Manchester); Bird (Sherman Cymru & Royal Exchange Manchester); Britannia Waves the Rules (Tour); Billy Liar (Royal Exchange Manchester); My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre); The Crocodile (Manchester International Festival). Casting Director TV credits include: Call The Midwife (Series 9); Doctors (BBC). Casting Associate and Assistant TV credits include: Howards End; Delicious (two series); Rillington Place; Thirteen; Call the Midwife (five series); Silent Witness (two series); The Game; Esio Trot; MrStink; WPC56; The Preston Passion; The Night Watch; Holby City (four series); The Riots: In Their Own Words; Undeniable. Film credits include: The Secret Agent; Whirlpool; A Street Cat Named Bob (as Casting Associate). Sophie was recently nominated for ‘Best Casting in a Theatre Production’ at the Casting Directors’ Guild Awards for An Octoroon (Orange Tree Theatre / National Theatre).
  • Marco Savo Production Manager
    Marco is a Production Manager & New Media Art Curator currently working with eStage as a Production Manager for theatres in London and the UK. He is restless, passionate and creatively committed, and considers Art as the most powerful form of communication. His entire career has been devoted to support artistic expression and deliver it to communities. He has been running a wide range of events for over 6 years in theatres, art galleries, clubs and cultural venues across Barcelona and London. Marco is the founder of Audiovisual City (www.audiovisualcity.org) a worldwide magazine of Audiovisual Culture. Nowadays it is the most important online magazine of AV artists and events.
  • Julia Nimmo Stage Manager
    Julia trained in Design for Theatre & Television at Charles Stuart University, Wagga Wagga, Australia. As a Stage Manager her theatre credits include: Macbeth (Wildfire Productions, Cell Block Theatre, Sydney), The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Wildfire Productions, Seymour Centre, Sydney), The Real Thing (English Touring Theatre, 2012 UK Tour), The One (Soho Theatre), Beached (Marlow Theatre & Soho Theatre), Lampedusa (HighTide & Soho Theatre), Flare Path (Birdsong Productions & Original Theatre, 2016 UK Tour), This Much (Moving Dust, Soho Theatre), Harrogate (HighTide, Royal Court & UK Tour), Edward II (The Marlowe Society & Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre), All The Things I Lied About (Paul Jellis Ltd, Soho Theatre & 2017 UK Tour), Frankie Vah (Paul Jellis Ltd, Soho Theatre and 2018 UK tour), Paper, Scissors, Stone (Tara Finney Productions, The Vaults Festival 2018 & Live Theatre), Songlines (HighTide, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 2018 UK Tour), Witches (Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre, Watford Palace) and The Trick (Bush Theatre and UK Tour). Festival credits include: WOW Festival (Hull 2017), Talawa First Festival (2017 & 2018).