First Word


Across the Weekend
First Word Theatre Tent

Curated by award-winning poet Luke Wright, First Light’s inaugural First Word programme brings the best in spoken word, theatre, comedy, and story-telling to Suffolk’s sunrise coast.

Our spoken word line-up is second-to-none, featuring amongst others Salena Godden, Rob Auton, Radio 4’s Elvis McGonagall, chart-topping wordsmith Mike Garry, Kate Fox, and Luke Wright’s show of Georgian ballads, The Ballad Seller.

In a world exclusive Polly Wright & Jason Wick bring their new collaboration – The Feathered Thorns. Playing us ethereal ballads in the dead of the night, The Feathered Thorns promise a voyeuristic drive down the lanes on moonless nights and the ghosts of summers past rattling around empty theatres.

We’re also delighted to be showcasing brand new work for Britain’s premier new writing theatre company High Tide Theatre, a late-night stand-up comedy club featuring Joe Wells and Marcel Lucont, and four story-telling shows from the Inn Crowd, including James McDermott and Suki Silvertongue.


Saturday 18 June

12:15-12:45   Francesca Beard
12:45-13:45   Polis Loizou’s Love Island
13:45-15:45   HighTide Theatre
16:00-16:30   Mike Garry
16:45-17:15   Rob Auton
17:15-17:45   Open Mic
17:45-18:15   Lewis Buxton
18:15-19:00   Jemima Foxtrot
19:00-20:00   Salena Godden
20:00-20:45   Elvis McGonagall
20:45-21:45   Luke Wright’s Late Night Dance Floor Fillers
23:15-00:00   Joe Wells

Sunday 19 June

00:15-01:00   Marcel Lucont
01:00-02:00   Suki Silvertongue
02:00-03:00   The Feathered Thorns
07:30-08:30   Kate Fox
08:30-09:30   Brigitte Aphrodite’s Living Legends (And Dead Ones Too)
09:30-10:00   James McDermott’s Manatomy
10:00-10:30   Piers Harrison-Reid
10:30-11:00   Rachel Long
11:00-12:00   Luke Wright




The First Word tent has ramped access onto trackway from Jubilee Parade. Inside, there are solid wooden floors, and seating is available.

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Accessible toilets are available at :
Portable toilets on Kensington Road
Portable toilets adjacent to the Beach Club
Portable toilets adjacent to the Sunlight Stage.
Pagoda public toilets on Jubilee Parade.
East Point Pavilion public toilets

Accessible Toilets which require a RADAR key are available in Kensington Gardens.

RADAR keys can be purchased from the D.I.A.L. office (161, Rotterdam Road, Lowestoft NR32 2EZ), the Shopmobility office (15, Station Square, Lowestoft NR32 1BA) or online via the RADAR Key Company. To report damage or any issues regarding the toilets, telephone Waveney Norse on 01502 527100.

CHANGING PLACES – There is a changing places facility at East Point Pavilion, which is approximately 25 minutes walk from the Festival site.