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High Tide & Molly Naylor

Make Me

A work in progress

Thursday 16 May, 6.00pm

Walter Roy Theatre, Hewett Academy

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Tickets: £7.50

A script-in-hand reading of a new play by Molly Naylor

“The thing about teenagers is that they don’t know what they want. I’m here to help them discover what they want, and then make them achieve it.  I mean help.  Help them achieve it.”

Set in a struggling school in Ipswich, Make Me tells the story of Emily, a drama teacher with a saviour-complex, and the students she’s determined to save.

A Festival Connect & Create project, in partnership with High Tide, Make Me was devised in collaboration with GCSE drama pupils of Hewett Academy.

The reading will last approximately 60 minutes, followed by an optional 30 minute Q&A.

The R&D and sharing of Make Me is delivered in partnership with Norfolk and Norwich Festival and National Youth Theatre 


Blythe Stewart:

Blythe has worked as a director and associate for a range of companies including National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, House Productions, Soho Theatre, and HighTide Festival, as well as drama schools including LAMDA, CSSD, ArtsEd, Guildhall and Oxford School Of Drama. She has been nominated twice for Best Director at the Off-WestEnd Awards.

Recent projects include: As director: How to Hold your Breath (LAMDA) Jude Starbeam (On the Button); Teenage Dick (Donmar Warehouse, schools tour); Wonder Winterland by Sami Ibrahim (Soho Theatre); Work Bitch by Jessica Siân (VAULT); Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn (UK Tour); Finding Fassbender by Lydia Larson (Pleasance, Edinburgh); Associate Director on The Crucible (NT, Gielgud), Minority Report (Nottingham Playhouse/Lyric Hammersmith) Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible is Going to Happen (FMP, The Bush), and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NTP, UK and Ireland Tour).

Blythe was the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse between 2019 – 2020. She studied at East 15 and the National Academy of Dramatic Arts (GITIS) in Moscow, Russia.

Important information

Venue: Walter Roy Theatre , Hewett Academy

Duration: 1 hour

Please note:  This is a work in progress performance.

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Tickets: £7.50

Essential Companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.

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16 May

06:00 pm



Festival presentation supported by the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust


Image: Molly Naylor © Jess Morgan

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