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LATITUDE 2016: Action To The Word – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Action To The Word's Midsummer Night's Dream at Latitude

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Venue: Theatre Tent Reviewer: Kris Hallett   So often the Dream is seen as the perfect family Shakespeare, a jolly few hours of magic, comedy and romantic entanglement in the wood. At the heart though is heat; the blazing sunshine of an Athenian summer and the raging horniness of lovers and fairies, who Shakespeare ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Graham Egg – Anarchist Cook

George Egg

Venue: The Little House Reviewer: Nicole Evans   Graham Egg has one mission… to encourage people to view the world around them differently in the hope of inspiring creativity. How does he intend to embark on this mission? By…erm…cooking food in a hotel room, using only the appliances provided… stay with me. Ok, so there’s a little more to it ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper

Venue: Poetry Tent Reviewer: Andy Moseley   This 20-minute set starts very well but sadly goes downhill from there. Daniel Piper is billed as a comedy poet and storyteller who walks a tightrope of euphoria and embarrassment. His opening poem, telling the story of the one month he spent as a vegetarian, and how much he came to deeply dislike ...

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LATITUDE 2016: James Acaster

James Acaster

Venue: The Comedy Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   James Acaster can deal with a heckle better than anyone. When a mouthy drunkard started abusing him halfway through his Latitude slot, he clambered off the stage into the audience and chatted with said heckler for a good ten minutes. It was smooth, hilarious, and gloriously winning stuff. And it was indicative ...

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LATITUDE 2016: New English Ballet Theatre – Wundarra, Lonesome Gun and Mad Women

New English Ballet Theatre

Choreographers: Kristen McNally &Daniela Cardim Venue: The Waterfront Stage Reviewer: Nicole Evans It is the turn of the New English Ballet Theatre to take their place on the Sadler’s Wells’ Waterfront stage at Latitude. Selling themselves on their inclusion and promotion of female choreographers, they present three pieces in an attempt to showcase their talents. The first, Lonesome Gun; a ...

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LATITUDE 2016 – Ivo Graham

Ivo Graham

Venue: The Comedy Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Ivo Graham went to Eton and Oxford. And you can tell. He is well spoken, well dressed, talks about family holidays in the Algarve and boasts of his affection for Halloumi. You should hate him, but you can’t. He’s just too loveable. From anecdotes about his time spent as house-catering rep at boarding ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums at Latitude

Venue: The Theatre Tent Reviewer: Nicole Evans Paul Merton, whose popularity is clear by the length of the queue for The Theatre Tent (and the looks of horror from those arriving to join the back) joins Latitude for a rather early slot on the bill, joined by some Impro Chums, ready to lighten the moods of an increasingly-tired crowd. Arriving ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicome Latitude

Artist: Josh Widdicombe Venue: Comedy Arena Reviewer: Andy Moseley   Josh Widdicombe does not do edgy comedy. Josh Widdicombe does not do comedy your parents wouldn’t approve of. Josh Widdicombe does comedy that is aimed fairly and squarely at a mainstream audience and prime time TV shows. What he does he does very well. Opening with jokes about what he ...

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