“Reckoned by physicians to be one of the most healthy places along the eastern shore, and as remarkable for repeated instances of longevity.”

In the 18th century, Aldeburgh, then a decaying seaport, gave way to titled families. The smugglers were moved on, superior houses and the iconic town steps were built, and new pathways were created. Then the tourists came, and with them centuries of comings and goings concerning all types of affairs.

The Path gives life to secret histories in Aldeburgh, both real and imagined. It is composed of seven short plays designed to be listened to through headsets in locations throughout the town.

The Path has been created through a unique process of seven HighTide alumni writers being resident in Aldeburgh through 2016. The writers are representative of a decade of extraordinary literary talent working at HighTide: Luke Barnes, E V Crowe, Vickie Donoghue, Thomas Eccleshare, Ella Hickson, Harry Melling and Vinay Patel.

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Running Time: 1hr without interval

The Path is a promenade production requiring walking and occasionally climbing steps. It takes place outdoors and indoors so participants are advised to dress accordingly. If you have any access requirements or concerns please call our box office.

The Path departs from the HighTide Box Office at the Aldeburgh Cinema every twenty minutes from 11:00 – 12:40, 14:00 – 15:40, and 16:40 – 18:00. Each performance slot lasts one hour. When booking please choose if you would like the morning, afternoon or early evening performance, and we will assign you a particular performance slot within that time parameter, attempting to fit around any other bookings you have already made.

Cast & Creatives

  • Luke Barnes Writer
    Luke Barnes  is a playwright, his work includes Bottleneck at Soho Theatre and UK Tour with HighTide, Eisteddfod at HighTide Festival, Chapel Street at Bush Theatre, Edinburgh Underbelly and UK Tour, Ten Storey Love Song at Hull Truck, Who's Afraid Of The Working Class at Liverpool Unity, The Saints at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Weekend Rockstars at Battersea Arts Centre, Hull Truck and UK tour, A Wondrous Place at Royal Exchange Manchester and UK Tour, Beats North at Northern Stage, with a UK Tour, and Weekday Nights at The Unicorn. On television, his credits include Minted In Manchester for Channel 4
  • E V Crowe Writer
  • Vickie Donoghue Writer
    Vickie Donoghue is a playwright and writer for TV. Her debut full-length play, Mudlarks, was developed through HighTide’s Escalator Programme and produced by The Bush, following its premiere at the 2012 HighTide Festival. Her short play Weaklings was part of a programme of new plays at the Sheffield Crucible in June last year. Other plays by Vickie include Tender Loving Care (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, 2014), Game Over (The Garage, Norwich; The Cut, Halesworth; both 2014) and Aperture (Live Lunch - Royal Court, 2015). For TV, she has worked with Kudos and is writing an original drama with the BBC in-house as part of their Drama Writers’ Scheme. She is an Associate Artist of The Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Vickie was longlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Most Promising New Playwright 2012 and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award.
  • Thomas Eccleshare Writer
    Thomas Eccleshare is a writer, performer and theatre maker trained at the Jacques Lecoq School. He is the co-artistic director of award-winning visual theatre company Dancing Brick, with whom he has toured nationally and internationally. As a playwright he has won the Verity Bargate Award, the Catherine Johnson Award and been nominated for an Off West End Award for most promising playwright. He writes regularly for TV and film and last year was the recipient of the inaugural JJ BAFTA Screenwriting Bursary. He is currently on attachment at the Royal Court.
  • Ella Hickson Writer
    Ella Hickson is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. In 2011 Ella was the Pearson Writer in residence at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and she is the recipient of the 2013 Catherine Johnson Award. Her short film HOLD ON ME (dir. Samuel Abrahams) premiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and she is currently developing two new projects with Mammoth Screen. Ella is writing new plays for the Almeida, Headlong Theatre, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Harry Melling Writer
  • Jude Christian Director
    Directing credits include Blue (RWCMD; Gate Theatre), Lela & Co. (Royal Court), Harajuku Girls (Finborough Theatre), I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate Theatre; Boom Arts Portland) Bwyta Elliffant, Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch?/ How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Happy; The Mushroom (Pentabus Young Writer Festival), Punk Rock; Last Easter (RADA), Calculated to Death (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival). Jude is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre, Artistic Director of Concert Theatre, and an Associate Artist of Diverse City and the National Youth Theatre.
  • Dave Meckin Sound
  • Priscilla John Production Supporter