Review: The Tide Jetty

Both atmospheric and moving, The Tide Jetty tells the story of how the past can affect the present. Brothers Tucky and Nathan grew up on the banks of Breydon Water, alongside tomboy, Eliza. But a tragic event changes their lives forever, causing Eliza to leave Broads and head for the town of Ipswich.

Years later Tucky meets a young girl called Annie when her father visits Breydon Water to do a survey on an old tide jetty close to his home, a houseboat on the bank that is protected from the tidal waters by the wooden structure.

But who is Annie and what connection does she have to Tucky and his brother Nathan?

A simple set, with very clever lighting brings this story alive. Taking the audience from past to present is a cast of very talented actors, coupled with the sounds of Broads (recorded by composer and sound designer Chris Warner from a boat on Breydon Water) makes this production rather special.

The characters are believable as they take you on a journey of this gentle, but moving story, that’s narrative feels very much like the ebb and flow of the tides – you’re never quite sure what secrets will be uncovered next.

So take yourself off to The Tide Jetty where the pace of life is a little slower, listen for the sound of the elusive Bittern, but beware the ghosts of the past may come back to haunt you!

The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsay will be touring until 1st June 2019. For more information about venues and to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm) or visit

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine
Pictures: Mike Kwasniak