Inventing the Future Festival

Leading UK theatre company, HighTide presents Inventing the Future, a festival of new work at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in Suffolk, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 October.

Inventing The Future is a unique festival by HighTide that celebrates new and diverse voices of theatre.

Inventing the Future will showcase six new plays, drawn from HighTide’s wide-ranging programmes supporting new and diverse talent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will have supported a total of 400 emerging and professional artists by the end of year.

The playwrights selected for the festival readings are Kelly Jones, Waleed Akhtar and John Webber – all from the East of England; Zain Dada and Nicole Latchana from London; and Kat Rose-Martin from Bradford. Their work is timely and urgent, exploring issues ranging from the climate crisis to the growing radicalisation of young, working-class, white men.

Alongside the play-readings, in the refurbished theatre foyer, festival audiences will have free access to new work created through HighTide’s summer community projects: audio pieces created with young people from Lowestoft’s Access Community Trust; and short films by young people in Ipswich from 4YP and Suffolk Refugee Support.

At 10.30am on Sunday 24 October, a special event will take place for audiences to share their hopes for the future of theatre. This will be accompanied by a new theatre piece created by a collective of Ipswich writers charting their experience of lockdown.

More festival details and writers’ profiles are on the HighTide website.

Tickets for the live readings and the symposium are available from the New Wolsey Theatre and all tickets for the readings are just £5.

Event name:
Inventing the Future Festival
Opening Hours:
One off