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“When the Long Trick’s Over”


Tuesday 22nd - Wed 23rd - Oxford Playhouse

HighTide and New Wolsey Theatre are delighted to bring the latest work by Olivier Award winning Morgan Lloyd Malcolm to the stage.

Stacey Ghent and Shenagh Govan have been cast playing mother and daughter in the two-hander.

When The Long Trick’s Over moves forwards and backwards in time across the 21 miles between Dover and Calais as a young swimmer harnesses her mind and body to make the Channel crossing. With grief and joy, 90’s pop-songs and lists, When The Long Trick’s Over encapsulates the fact that love persists whatever the distance, and however perilous the journey to the other side. The play tackles what it means to grieve, both physically and mentally, how we deal with loss and all the ways in which those we have lost paradoxically remain present in our lives as we struggle through our world without them. And that, sometimes, it means swimming against the tide and against the things that hold you back: the old memories and oil tankers, jelly fish and jelly babies.

Focusing on the untapped strength of our bodies and family connections, Morgan’s East of England debut production is very much a piece for our times and a step change for HighTide as it produces its first full scale tour since the pandemic and continues in the organisation’s mission to produce quality new work across Suffolk.

Writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm said, “I am so excited about touring my play around the East of England. It’s a piece that is close to my heart and having visited but never worked in the communities we will be visiting; I’m so looking forward to getting the chance to spend some proper time there creating this piece with the HighTide team. I can’t wait to take audiences on this journey through the waves of the English Channel. It’s going to be magical.”



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