Why We Do What We Do

We believe in writers.

We believe in writers as we believe in the power of storytelling. We believe in the power of storytelling to transform, to allow us to see and understand the world differently than if we just encountered it on our own.

Stories allow a connection. People need connection.

We make that happen.

How We Do It

‘Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” Robert McKee

We are a small team of passionate people. We are a registered charity and an Arts Council England NPO, meaning we receive regular funding to deliver an element of our current work. However, we also need to fundraise in addition to achieve everything we want to do. So we also receive support from trusts and foundations, corporate support from Lansons, and a group of individual donors who support our various artistic projects.

This support enables us to do what we do; develop and champion artists and writers, so their stories can be shared with audiences nationally.

What We’ve Done

Over the years we’ve identified and nurtured artists who have gone on to lead British culture including writers Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in the West End, Shameless, Kiri, National Treasure for Channel 4), Ella Hickson (Oil and The Writer, Almeida Theatre) and Vinay Patel (Murdered By My Father and Doctor Who for BBC). Directors who have begun careers with HighTide include Michael Longhurst (now Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse), Kate Wasserberg (Artistic Director, Out of Joint), and Roy Alexander Weise (Co-Artistic Director, Manchester Royal Exchange).

We recently delivered the School of HighTide and the Lighthouse Programme, our emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and were able to support over 300 professional artists across the UK; and provide cultural and educational experiences to hundreds of young people in our home region in Suffolk.



What We’re Doing Next

The global pandemic has affected everyone, with live performance being particularly hard hit. Projects we had planned, have had to be put on hold and the future remains uncertain. However, we are going to continue to do what we do best; enable writers to have their voices heard and stories told and bring the best of UK new writing to our audiences. We are still commissioning, developing and listening.

How You Can Help


As a charity, you can donate to us to support our work. Below are examples of what your gift can make possible:

£100 – allows a script reader to read 10 scripts and provide feedback to writers, enabling them to develop as artists.

£250 – allows two workshop leaders to run a session for young people in Suffolk on playwriting and storytelling

£2,500 – pays for the infrastructure to present a play digitally.

£5,000 – allows us to commission a writer to write a short playscript

£10,000 – allows us to commission a full-length play. 

Become a Regular Supporter

Regular donations allow us to plan more projects as we can better anticipate our fundraising income. 

To find out more about becoming a member please visit our Membership page here.

You can donate either a one-off gift or a regular donation now via our PayPal below.

All donors will receive a thank you on our website and invitations to special events, as well as appropriate crediting on production sponsorship on any gifts above £1,000.

It’s a difficult time for everyone. If you’d still like to support HighTide but without making a donation you can in the following ways:

Support Without Spending

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase any donations you’ve made this year, and for the past four years, by 25% just by ticking a box. Completing a Gift Aid declaration is one of the many easy ways to support us. If you would like to do this please contact francesca@hightide.org.uk

Facebook Fundraiser

If you have a birthday or special occasion coming up you can set up a fundraiser with the money coming directly to us. When you create a new post on Facebook, select the ‘Support charity’ option, and then search ‘HighTide Theatre to find us. 

Tell Your Friends

Retweets, likes, shares, reposts, comments; every single one helps let more people know about HighTide and the vital work we do.  If you don’t already you can follow us on the social networks on the bottom left of this page. You can also leave us a Facebook or Google Business by googling ‘HighTide Theatre’ and leaving a review under our business page.

Thank You

We are truly grateful to our supporters and friends, without whom we wouldn’t be able to make the artistic ideas happen; or to work with young people, or to put on our festivals, or to give away theatre tickets to people who wouldn’t have access to them otherwise. This support is invaluable. You can see all of our current supporters here.