HighTide and DugOut Theatre present Songlines by Tallulah Brown  

“She’s scared of what I might get up to out here in the countryside. Keeps giving me lectures on barn-bonking. I’m going to die of boredom just to make her feel bad.”

Stevie’s Grandma prays for her salvation, Stevie’s mum preaches free love, Stevie doesn’t know where to start!

She’s sent to Suffolk – the home of doggers, folklore and Stan. The course of teenage love never did run smooth. When Stevie bumps into Stan again, she has a chance to make things right.

A brand new piece of gig-theatre with beautiful live folk music from award-winning band TRILLS, Songlines is a witty and moving coming-of-age love story in all its awkward teen glory.

A new play from Suffolk writer Tallulah Brown, directed by George Chilcott. 

Running time: 1h  

Recommended age: 12+




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One of the best shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018

The Guardian

'A charming piece of theatre, often very funny and unflinchingly accurate about the problems of growing up'

The Scotsman

'A sensitive and soulful gig-theatre love story set on the Suffolk coast'

The Stage

'Fanta Barrie and Joe Hurst are a strong, contrasting pairing'

Fest Mag

‘Don’t miss Tallulah Brown’s Songlines - so good it’ll convert any musical cynic'


'Fresh and wholly engaging'


Cast & Creatives

  • Fanta Barrie Stevie
  • Joe Hurst Stan
  • Tallulah Brown Writer
    Tallulah wrote HighTide's 2018 Festival hit Songlines, a new play with music set in Suffolk. Tallulah has written as part of the Soho Theatre’s Young Company and the Channel 4 Screenwriting Scheme. In 2017 Tallulah was featured on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist. Tallulah is currently on the BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme, developing a script with Sister Pictures.
  • George Chilcott Director
  • Lizzy Leech Designer
  • 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.

  • Anna Clock Sound Designer
  • 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).
  • Lucy Cullingford Movement Director
  • 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).
  • Cameron Macaulay Associate Sound Designer
  • Louise Gregory Production Manager
  • 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).