Every HighTide production and play reading starts life as a commission, and we find our writers through an annual programme called First Commissions. We work with 6 writers who are paired with our Associate Artists to develop an idea from conception to full production - two of which are produced for performance at a HighTide Festival. HighTide First Commissions presents a reading of The Places Where We Lived by Healah Riazi.
Saman is eighteen and has just been refused asylum. Cam's estate is about to be knocked down. Sharon works at the Home Office and is starting to crack.
A play about displacement and identity. The Places Where We Lived intersperse three monologues to explore what happens when people are pushed to the edge in a changing city landscape and ask who is left behind. Healah is a playwright from London who has spent the previous five years working with refugees as an advisor - helping people settle in the UK. Her first play was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Award in 2014 and she has had short plays performed at Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and RichMix Cinema. Running time: 1 h 10m