2024 Season Announced!

2024 Season Announced!

Posted on March 22nd, 2024




Today we’re thrilled to announce programming for out 2024 season, which focuses on producing, nurturing and celebrating new writing in the East of England.


Clare Slater, Artistic Director, said today:

“I’m really pleased to share HighTide’s 2024 season: designed to celebrate the playwrights of the East of England.

In May we will share a script-in-hand reading of Molly Naylor’s hysterical new comedy about the impossible task of teaching Make Me.

In June and July, I’m delighted to be co-producing Martha Loader’s award-winning new play, Bindweed.  An unflinching look at a rehabilitation programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse, Martha’s play marries heart, soul and dark comedy; proving she’s a writer to watch. Bindweed is being co-produced with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, New Wolsey, Ipswich and in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre. Following its run in the East of England we’re bringing it to the Arcola Theatre, London 9-13 July.

In October, I’m thrilled we’re producing More…Ghost Stories by Candlelight.  Following the sell-out hit of last Hallowe’en’s tour, we’re commissioning four more exceptional East Anglian playwrights to share brand new spooky tales of coast, town and fen: Tassa Deparis, James McDermott, Eloise Pennycott and Aisha Zia.

And in November, HighTide Rising returns; our one-day festival celebrating the six East of England members of our HighTide Writers Group 2024.  Join us in Ipswich for a day of readings, chat and workshops.

But before all of that, we start the year with Story Worlds, our new primary schools literacy programme, helping 7 and 8 year olds in Lowestoft discover the joy of creative writing and performance.  Here we’re sowing the seeds of the future: perhaps helping to nurture tomorrow’s playwrights and definitely giving young people the life-long tools to express themselves.

Through all of this activity, we continue our artistic practice of Climate Dramaturgy, supporting our artists and staff to make climate-positive choices at every step of the way.  Our Climate Dramaturgy Knowledge Exchange, funded by Cambridge University, continues across the year – keep an eye out for new tips and resources on our website.


Please come and join us throughout the year.”