The former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, is to make his debut as a playwright at this year’s High Tide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk. His play, Incoming, will be about a soldier killed in Afghanistan and the family he leaves behind, his widow and his son.
Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999, following the death of Ted Hughes, to 2009 when he was succeeded by Carol Ann Duffy. The production, a collaboration between High Tide and the Poetry Trust, will premiere at the Festival on 7th May and is also set to be performed at the Latitude Festival in July and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk in the autumn. It will be directed by Steven Atkinson, the artistic director of High Tide.
The 2011 High Tide Festival also includes Midnight Your Time, a new play by Adam Brace, whose earlier play, Stovepipe, was the most successful work to originate at the festival to date. The line-up will also feature a new play by Stephen Belber, Dusk Rings a Bell, about two people who meet again after a twenty four year period to find their lives haven’t quite panned out in the way they imagined, and Nicked, a new political musical by Richard Marsh and Natalie Sheppard.
This is the fifth High Tide Festival. Founded in 2007, it was set up to showcase new writing; the festival’s most recent success in this regard was a production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’sLidless, also directed by Atkinson, which went on to play at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and will open at the Trafalgar Studios in March.
The High Tide Festival 2011 runs from 28th April – 8th May. For further information, visit: High Tide