We are proud to present Inventing the Future, a live festival of play readings and digital lunchtime talks. Both of these will celebrate creativity and resilience, with artists and communities at its heart; where we ask the question: 

‘What is the future of new theatre writing, and how do we make that future with equality, generosity and joy?’ 

Live Festival

The live festival runs at the New Wolsey, Ipswich from 22 – 24th Oct and features readings of new plays by the extraordinary diverse writers that HighTide has supported throughout the pandemic; and new work created through our summer participation programme, showcasing a range of diverse voices from across the East of England.

Performances will then be available to watch online after the festival in November. You can find full details of the festival here and tickets for performances can be booked via the New Wolsey

Profiles of our six festival writers can be found here.

The festival launches our new partnership with the New Wolsey Theatre as HighTide takes up a new year-round base in the East of England at NW2 and is supported by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Lunchtime Talks

Join us and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Reinvent Performing Arts Fund, to our series of FREE lunchtime talks from 17th November with sector leaders including Amanda Parker (Inc Arts), Annette Mees (Head of Royal Opera House AudienceLab) and Paddy Dillon (Chair of the Theatres Trust); and internationally acclaimed playwrights including Chinoyerem OdimbaEve LeighDawn King and Steve Waters.

Across three pre-recorded panel conversations, each followed by a live Q&A for attenders, our panellists will explore topics of Anti-RacismInnovation and Sustainability / Climate Justice considering especially how writers can respond to these themes in their work and practice; and how institutions can better support this journey. For more information and to book please click here.

Our work is not possible without the generosity of a large number of supporters. To find out more about how you can support Inventing the Future today please click here.