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Peddling at the High Tide Festival, The Cut, Halesworth Review commissioned by Eastern Daily Press, but not published by them through their administrative oversight! April 2014. Remarkable drama sets tone for national festival Halesworth’s High Tide Festival with its reputation for new, experimental and unexpected work is in its 8th year and running till 19th April. Only able to catch one from a tempting catalogue of new, homegrown and visiting acts, Peddling came up for review in an afternoon showing. An inspired choice as it turned out. Steven Atkinson, co-founder of High Tide and child actor Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, wrote and performed this remarkable drama about a young offender peddling household goods door to door in London. He wakes in some sordid field and journeys back from a ‘long list of yesterdays as … Read entire article »

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Mike Daisey at The Cut, Halesworth Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 8 May 2012. The prestigious High Tide Festival attracted US performer Mike Daisey to Halesworth. It was a scoop. His one man, stand-up (sitting down) comedy monologue about Steve Jobs and Apple has been contentious everywhere. The late Jobs was creator, inventor and cultural icon, genius behind Apple-Mac’s business and technology phenomenon. From garage inventions to mega-business power plays with anecdotes about the evolution of devices, this was a tale for our times. A large desk-bound Daisey sat for two hours as he animated Jobs’ biography. Voices, faces and events flowed in this masterclass of agit-prop political humour appealing to Apple or Microsoft fans, technophobes or geeks. ‘Power-point presentations’ was side-splittingly funny. The account of China’s Shenzhen Foxconn factory which makes Apples’ … Read entire article »

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Nicked at High Tide Festival 2011, The Cut, Halesworth Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 3rd May 2011 Halesworth’s High Tide Festival incubates new work and this year they surpass themselves with Nicked, a brave, innovative musical about last year’s still-unbelievable formation of the Coalition Government. Dramatised from the unlikely material of Cameron, Clegg, Brown, Cable, Laws, Miliband, Balls, Osborne and politicos wheeling and dealing in the days after 2010’s inconclusive election, it works. It’s being tried out in Halesworth, with fresh angles added as news breaks, scenes are still evolving. Last May’s events are fresh in people’s minds, so it has a contemporary feel with enough distance to be safe to laugh at. Richard Marsh produced book and clever lyrics: ‘are you a man or a focus group?’, songs about proportional representation (at one … Read entire article »

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