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 next year and will then tour to venues across the East of England.

I’m so scared. And yet…I’m also looking. … Just in case I see her… Even though by now there wouldn’t be that much to see…

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.

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. Please note that all tour venues are not on sale yet but you can book now for performances at the New Wolsey Theatre and Oxford Playhouse.

Friday 11th – 15th February – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Now on sale
Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th – Jubilee Hall, AldeburghNow on Sale
Monday 21st – Wed 23rd – Oxford PlayhouseNow on sale
Friday 25th – Norwich Arts Centre

Tuesday 1st March – The Corn Hall, Diss
Wed 2nd March – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Thursday 3rd March – Sat 5th March – Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th March Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Thursday 10th March – The Cut, Halesworth

Cast & Creatives

  • Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Writer
  • Chinonyerem Odimba Director