With the involvement of the country’s leading theatre companies, Latitude has established itself as one of the best theatre festivals in Europe. An auditorium has been specially designed to perfectly present a full schedule of contemporary, physical, classical, performance and local productions bespoke to the festival. Not to be contained within the confines of the stage, theatre can be found around every corner at Latitude, emerging from the woods, performed on the banks of the lake as well as the Theatre Arena, drawing inspiration from the surroundings. There’s something for everyone so take a chance on an unknown play or watch a critic’s choice at Latitude 2009.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's band of strolling players once again visits Latitude with a specially commissioned event. Join them in creating a portrait of William Shakespeare using daisies, dandelions and buttercups, and witness the Bard coming to life before your very eyes. A group of minstrels will accompany some firm-thighed actors as they recite sonnets for you while you work. The completed 30 metre portrait will be gently picked up and floated on the lake on Saturday afternoon.
National Theatre is one of this country’s leading theatres. In its three theatres on the South Bank in London, the National presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. It re-energises the great traditions of the British stage and expands the horizons of audiences and artists alike, reflecting in its repertoire the diversity of the nation's culture. For Latitude, The National will be bringing thought-provoking, innovative and inspiring work, presenting the very best in performing arts in the shape of The Eternal Not, a new comedy by Lucinda Coxon, directed by Anthony Banks. "Is it too much to ask of a tiny baby, to hold two grown-ups together?" A young married couple await the arrival of their first child. He wants to disappear forever, she has a gift for patience – it’s little wonder the baby's taking its time. This darkly comic, desperate pursuit of eternal bliss, is the latest play by Lucinda Coxon ‘Who's Happy Now?’ was a sell-out smash hit at the National last year and whose new movie 'Wild Target' hits cinemas this summer.
The Bush Theatre presents: Sudden Loss Of Dignity. Working together to create a bespoke piece of theatre especially for Latitude Festival, The Bush Theatre will be shining a light on the general public’s most embarrassing moments and creating five individual plays based on real experiences. For all those who have unwittingly tucked your skirt in your knickers, pestered your ex with drink-and-dial or decided that your sister's wedding was the ideal time to try your hand at break-dancing, submitting your cringe-worthy stories to www.suddenlossofdignity.com is the ideal collective therapy. The Bush Theatre has commissioned five of London's hottest new playwrights to use your stories as inspiration for the next audience generated summer theatrical romp.
Following recent Latitude successes with plays by Robin French, Dennis Kelly, Mark Ravenhill, and Enda Walsh, Paines Plough returns with a new production – ‘Traces’. This unique collaboration launches six of the most brilliant young playwrights of their generation, working alongside choreographer Georgina Lamb (Frantic Assembly, Headlong Theatre) and director Tessa Walker (Young Vic, Paines Plough). Paines Plough is one of the UK’s most important companies presenting new plays and new writers.
The Lyric Hammersmith will be bringing something very special to Latitude Festival this year. Renowned for offering a wide range of performances with and for young, modern and ever-changing people that move beyond the traditional concept of theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith’s specialty is to combine artists of different artistic disciplines, writers, directors, musicians, actors, dancers, puppeteers, circus, video and visual artists, to tell unique stories that will touch the audience.
The Young Vic and English Touring Theatre are joining forces to bring to Latitude a new musical, Latitude’s first, by famed playwright Che Walker. Been So Long is a sad comedy about love, sex, romance and revenge, played out in the loneliest of bars in London. Under the directorship of Rachel Tackley at ETT, Che Walker's neon-soaked musical comedy is rocking. Yvonne and Simone are cruising for action. Raymond stole Gil’s girl and now Gil wants to slice him up, while Barney just wants a quiet life. When all five collide, in a seedy London bar, their desires ignite in a guttural blast of cusses, laughs and unexpected romance. Love looks set to finally conquer the two people who swore they could live without it. But how will they know it’s for real…..? Smarten yourself up, brush yourself down and experience the soul/funk landscape of ‘Been So Long’.
nabokov theatre company presents brand new work from the UK’s most exciting playwriting talent Joel Horwood. ‘Is Everyone Okay?’ is an hour long joyride for the lost and bewildered, centred on three people trying to work out if they’re doing okay or if everything has gone to shit. A brand new theatrical experience for anyone who has ever hit 30 and asked themselves what they’re doing with their life; ‘Is Everyone Okay?’ defines a generation’s anger, fear and frustrations in a brutally honest combination of explosive stand-up comedy and stand-up tragedy. A fantastic collaboration between Fringe First winning playwright Joel Horwood and internationally acclaimed new writing company nabokov, who will also be bringing specially commissioned shorts. nabokov is a new writing theatre company dedicated to commissioning, developing and producing backlash theatre - new work for the stage that offers an antagonistic response to contemporary agendas, trends and events.
Pleasance has presented three ‘Picks’ for Latitude, and has become one of the must-see attractions for those wanting a sample of excellent theatrical and comedy treats. Finishing touches are being put to this year’s offering, but so far confirmed are Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourites Hoipolloi who invite us into The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes. Hugh, whose previous hits include ‘Floating’ and ‘Story of a Rabbit’, will take us on a journey back to the Welsh valleys he grew up in. Billed as stand up comedy, Hoipolloi enter a new phase in their plans for Hugh ~ join him as he looks back on his life and enjoy the ride. Other shows currently being considered include BAC artists Daffyd James with his one-woman show Sue and exceptional young company Dancing Brick, with their show ‘6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won’.
Tristan Bates Theatre brings the excellent ‘Midnight Matinee’ to Latitude Festival.
Get high on the night. Test the limits of the stage. Live on lager and a lust for electric theatre as late nights at Latitude just got even crazier. Tristan Bates Theatre is ground for new work and exciting experiences. The theatre is home for groundbreaking, intense and trailblazing plays and it also serves to springboard work generated through The Actor’s Centre; a place created by actors for developing their craft collectively.
Renowned comedy writer and actor Ben Moor will be treating audiences to another of his fabulous one-man performances. Winner of a Herald Angel Award ‘Coelacanth’ introduces us to a couple in love. She’s a rising star in the sport of competitive tree climbing, he’s a quiet nonentity. How they fall in love isn’t the story. Staying together when their world is filled with imaginary flatmates, underground Compliment Clubs and Satanic jazz bands – that’s the story. From the imagination of one of the Fringe’s most lauded comedy talents comes an extraordinary tale of love, loneliness, tree climbing and a deeply oblivious fish. The performance is accompanied by live music played by members of Suns of the Tundra.
Enter the macabre world of up and coming theatre company 1927 and their fascinating cabaret, music hall style production. Delivering 10 short sketches, real actors Suzanne Andrade and Esme Appleton interact with pre-recorded footage which is shot in the crackly style of early silent movies. Add eerie piano pieces and stark monochrome animation to the gothic dancing and comically creepy narratives and the result is a sinister ride on the dark side of life. ‘Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea’ garnered fantastic reviews and 1927 will be bringing new work to Latitude.
MUTINY! is a major feature film project currently being developed by the recently founded Third Eye Theatre Company with Emmy award winning producer Jim Reeve (Foyle’s War, Beyond the Sea, Crocodile Dundee etc.) and IFFA nominated producer George Pavlou (Little Devils, Underworld, Nutcracker etc). This dramatisation of the new screenplay will be an incredible fusion of cinema and theatre, bringing to life the untold story of the last surviving mutineers from the HMS Bounty after 1789 and their wretched and brief existence on Pitcairn Island. Expect a tale of lust and greed, drunkenness and cruelty, madness and murder, love and redemption. Feedback from the audience after this preview will be used to enhance the final screenplay.
FUEL presents an Uninvited Guests production - 'Love Letters Straight From Your Heart'. A moving participatory event that is collaboratively authored with its audience, who become a temporary community of close friends. An intimate performance, this is an exploration of the many highs and lows of being in love placed somewhere between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show. The audience, together with Uninvited Guests, share their own and other's experiences and choose the songs to soundtrack the memory. Deep, passionate, ambivalent or unrequited - a group therapy love-in at its very best.
The new writing collective DryWrite, usually found at The George Tavern in East London, will be bringing an ultimate showdown to Latitude. Six hot writers. Six brand new pieces. Six big fights. Place your bets – as a blistering examination of violence on the stage will unfold. DryWrite is a theatre company inspired by the power of anonymity. They strongly encourage writers to step out of their comfort zones: to create something new, to experiment and to play with subject, form and space.
OSIP Theatre presents ‘A Stab In The Dark’ at Latitude; a funny and insightful glance into the experiences of popping that elusive cherry. Last year, a variety of people were interviewed about their experience of losing their virginity. Within this fairly universal experience a plethora of differences emerged. Situations varied, but interpretations varied even more. Was having sex with a stranger in an unknown place an unmitigated disaster, or was it the time of your life? Was it comedy or tragedy? Was it a celebration, an exploration, a betrayal? What colour were the curtains? A climax? An anticlimax? These plays are based on true stories and will also include the experiences of Latitude Festival goers. Will the next story be yours?
A satirical glimpse into England’s future told in mind-bending rap verse; The Rebel Cell is an exciting addition to the Theatre Arena. The Rebel Cell is a new Hip-Hop style political comedy written and performed by Dizraeli (2007 BBC National Slam Champion) and Baba Brinkman (“Awe inspiring” The Scotsman). The Year is 2013. England has become a totalitarian state, hysterical about terrorism. The BBC has merged with the BNP. Glastonbury is now a prison camp, England’s Guantanamo. The leader of the revolution is on trial, but before sentencing he has a chance to tell his story in an exclusive interview. Will he follow Nelson Mandela? Or Che Guevara? Enter the Rebel Cell… The Stage admired the show, saying "A rare and inventive experiment...ingenious rhymes and brilliantly subtle delivery."
The National Student Drama Festival arrives at Latitude with a new play ‘Touched’ written by Chris Thorpe, directed by Lu Kemp and performed by the most exceptional emerging artists NSDF has seen in the last 12 months. The NSDF gives ambitious students, writers, directors and actors a chance to produce their own work and take part at the festival based in Scarborough. Showcasing theatre, live performance, discussions and special events, NSDF unearths the country’s budding new stars.
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