We are delighted to announce the world premiere of When The Long Trick’s Over by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and directed by HighTide Associate Chinonyerem Odimba. The play is a co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre and will open there on 11th February and will then tour to venues across the East of England.
I’m doing this for her because this was my sister’s dream. This isn’t my natural habitat. I wouldn’t normally choose this. But she would have. 

About The Play

Two sisters. One dream. The hardest open-water swim in the world. This triumphant play from Olivier Award-winning Morgan Lloyd Malcolm moves forwards and backwards in time across the 21 miles between Dover and Calais as a young swimmer harnesses her mind and body to make the crossing. Two sisters. One dream. The hardest open-water swim in the world. This triumphant play from Olivier Award-winning Morgan Lloyd Malcolm moves forwards and backwards in time across the 21 miles between Dover and Calais as a young swimmer harnesses her mind and body to make the crossing. With grief and joy, 90’s pop-songs and lists, oil tankers and jelly babies, love persists whatever the distance, and however perilous the journey to the other side. Tackling what it means to grieve, both physically and mentally, how we deal with loss and how those we have lost paradoxically remain present in our lives as we struggle through our world without them. With grief and joy, 90’s pop-songs and lists, When The Long Trick’s Over encapsulates the fact that love persists whatever the distance, and however perilous the journey to the other side. And that, sometimes, it means swimming against the tide and against the things that hold you back: the old memories and oil tankers, jelly fish and jelly babies. Focusing on the untapped strength of our bodies and family connections, Morgan’s East of England debut production is very much a piece for our times and a step change for us as we produce our first full scale tour since the pandemic, and continue in our mission to produce quality new work across Suffolk and beyond.

Tour Dates

Please see the 2022 tour dates below. The performance will also be live streamed via the New Wolsey on the 14th and 15th of February. Friday 11th – 15th February – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Now on sale Friday 18th – Saturday 19th – Jubilee Hall, AldeburghNow on sale Tuesday 22nd – Wed 23rd – Oxford PlayhouseNow on sale Friday 25th – Norwich Arts Centre  Tuesday 1st March – The Corn Hall, DissNow on sale Wed 2nd March – Theatre Royal Bury St EdmundsNow on sale Thursday 3rd March – Sat 5th March – Mercury Theatre, ColchesterNow on sale Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th March Marina Theatre, LowestoftNow on sale Thursday 10th March – The Cut, HalesworthNow on sale

Listen to our When The Long Trick’s Over Inspired Playlist

Jammed packed with 90’s hits to keep you swimming.

Cast & Creatives

  • Stacey Ghent Swimmer
  • Shenagh Govan Mum
  • Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Writer
  • Chinonyerem Odimba Director
  • Vicki Amedume Movement Director
  • Grace Smart Designer
  • Gillian Tan Video & Lighting Designer
    Gillian is a multi-disciplinary designer, working across lighting and video for various theatrical, immersive and interactive experiences.  Theatre credits: South Pacific (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Body Remembers (Fuel), Black Love (Paines Plough & Belgrade Theatre Coventry production, in Association with tiata fahodzi); Really Big & Really Loud (Paines Plough & Belgrade Theatre Coventry production);  Cinderella - The Awesome Truth (Polka), Alyssa, Memoirs of A Queen (Vaudeville Theatre); Aisha and Abhaya (Royal Ballet/Rambert); Majestique (Skråen); The Song Project – Is In Our Blood (Royal Court Theatre); 4.48 Psychosis (revival. Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Opera House); La Soirée (Aldwych Theatre/Southbank Centre/Skråen); Coraline (Barbican Theatre/Royal Opera House); Tamburlaine (Arcola Theatre); Invisible Treasure (Ovalhouse Theatre); Who Do We Think We Are (Southwark Playhouse); Crocodiles (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Film credits: NYX and Gazelle Twin Present: Deep England, a performance film by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Held Momentarily (RAM) She is also a member of the Somerset House Exchange and is the Head of Video at RADA.
  • Esther Kehinde Ajayi Sound Designer
  • 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)
  • Lou Platt Well-being Practitioner