Premiere for Steve Jobs Play at Halesworth

Halesworth’s HighTide Festival has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2007, premiering work from the best local artists and writers

But this year’s festival promises to make even more of an impact as a new play following the life of Apple CEO Steve Jobs gets its first performance at the Cut theatre.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs promises to be a real highlight of this year’s festival, and its author, Mike Daisey is tipped as a powerful new voice in British theatre.

The play was inspired by Daisey’s travels in China, where he visited factories which manufactured iPods, iPhones and iPads, and deals with the gulf between the two sides of the Apple empire. Daisey explores how the trendy, good-natured public image of Apple and its hippie-king CEO is undermined by the allegedly exploitative manufacturing practises that have bolstered its success.

With the eyes of Apple and the international business community bound to be turned to the HighTide Festival, this year could see the festival become a national institution. The festival takes place at The Cut, the Rifle Hall and the Printworks from May 3-13 2012, but with tickets expected to sell out quickly, early booking is recommended.

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