HighTide – My Summer in Pakefield

Saturday 26th June, 2021 – 9:00–21:00


HighTide are delighted to present a new short audio play from their commissioned writer Ben Weatherill (JELLYFISH, National Theatre), telling the story of Mandy a young Bluecoat at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park during the hazy summer days of 1983. Set against a backdrop of legwarmers, jelly sandals and the Tory landslide, Mandy looks back on a summer romance that changed everything. Nostalgic and bittersweet, a play for anyone who’s ever had their own ‘Dirty Dancing’ moment and for anyone who wishes they had.

To be enjoyed whilst walking and dreaming along Lowestoft beach…Keep an eye out on our social media and website to access the audio play on Saturday 26th June.

In addition, HighTide is partnering with Access Community Trust to deliver a series of storytelling and writing workshops that share local community stories of experiences of living in and around Lowestoft and the Suffolk Coast, that will also be shared during Longest Days of Summer. This work is made possible through the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

HighTide’s mission is to develop productions and programmes that engage diverse communities with new theatre writing in the East of England. They work in partnership locally and nationally year-round to co-produce and tour their productions and celebrate their home; and they are committed to innovation and inclusion to widen engagement and raise the quality of their work. Their vision is of an East of England where everyone has the opportunity to share or encounter their story without prejudice and with joy.

“This small, passionate company is a force for good.”

(Sir Nicholas Hytner, HighTide Patron)