Fancy a weekend at the seaside? I’m hugely delighted to be making my HighTide Festival ‘debut’, as this renowned annual event marks its tenth anniversary in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
As part of HighTide’s Face to Face series of special talks and events with world-class artists, I have the pleasure of conducting hour-long interviews with two actresses I admire hugely: Eleanor Bron (on Saturday 10 September) and Celia Imrie (on Sunday 11 September 2016).
What questions would you like to ask of these legendary ladies?
- Eleanor Bron is an English stage, film and television actress, author and well known voice on BBC’s The Archers who is often credited to having inspired the name of the Beatles’ number 1 pop hit song Eleanor Rigby. Known for her role in 1965 Beatles film Help! as well as her roles in Alfie (1966), Bedazzled, Two for the Road (1967), and Peter Cook’s Establishment Club. Face-to-Face on Saturday 10 September, 5.30-6.30pm.
- Celia Imrie has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen – adored for her screen roles in Acorn Antiques and dinnerladies, as well as films including Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. Her stage credits include The Sea, Habeas Corpus, Unsuspecting Susan, Hay Fever and the musical version of Acorn Antiques, for which she won an Olivier Award. This autumn Imrie plays Goneril to Glenda Jackson’s King Lear at the Old Vic. In 2011, Imrie released her autobiography The Happy Hoofer. In 2015 her debut novel, Not Quite Nice, was published, followed this year by Nice Work (If You Can Get It). Face-to-Face on Sunday 11 September, 11am-12pm.
While I’m in Aldeburgh, I hope to catch some of the rest of the 2016 HighTide Festival season, which includes four brand new plays – Anders Lustgarten’s The Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeosie, Theresa Ikoko’s Girls, Elinor Cook’s Pilgrims and Rob Drummond’s In Fidelity – as well as Al Smith’s Harrogate, an anniversary promenade piece and more. See www.hightide.org.uk for full programme details.