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Latitude Festival: Ballet Revolución

Choreographer: Aaron Cash and Roclan Gonzales Chavez   The Latitude Waterfront stage has become something of a dance phenomenon at the festival. Dance curators Sadler's Wells estimate that in the six years that they’ve been at the Festival around 40,000 people have watched their dance programme. This year, their seventh year, if anything, the numbers watching on both sides of ...

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Latitude Festival: The Only Way Is Downton

Writer and Performer: Luke Kempner Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Craig Barber   The Dowager Duchess probably wouldn’t approve but there’s change afoot at Downtown Abbey. Well actually it’s the Dowager herself causing the change, about to marry a 20 year man and heading out on a wild hen party – after watching X Factor of course No, Julian Fellowes hasn’t ...

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Latitude Festival: The Itinerant Music Hall

Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: Paul Couch   It’s a strange beast, Vaudeville. It officially declined with the introduction of cinema in the 1930s. There was no great battle of cultures, however, it was a simply a case that public appetites changed and the silver screen got a foothold onto the music hall stage, slowly sweeping aside the live performers. In ...

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Latitude Festival: Full Stop

Co-Directors:Neil Bettles and Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Craig Barber All human life is here. The saying has been used countless times but it’s unlikely ever to have been applied to a bus stop. Asportrayed in Light The Fuses’ Full Stop though, it becomes an appropriate description. A London bus stop has been transported into the middle of Henham Park and in ...

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Latitude Festival: Void Story

Writer: Tim Etchells Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Paul Couch   When Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood in 1954, it was never meant to be performed on stage, it was a “play for voices”, suited more to radio than anything else. The same can be said for Forced Entertainment’s Void Story, which is performed script in hand by four actors ...

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Latitude Festival: Strike!

deviser: Keziah Serreau and the company Director: Keziah Serreau Choreographer: Ivan Blackstock Reviewer: Craig Barber As a certain well-known Tennessee singer sang at another musical festival recently, ''9 to 5: what a way to make a living''. Anyone who has ever felt trapped working the daily routine in an office will find a deep resonance with Keziah Serreau’s Strike!, a ...

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Latitude Festival: Britannia Waves The Rules

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Craig Barber While Latitude takes place on the east coast, it’s the west coast resort of Blackpool that provides the setting for Gareth Farr’s Britannia Waves the Rules. Like many young men who become disillusioned with their home town, Carl is seduced by the timeless Army recruitment promise of join up and see ...

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Beautiful Thing – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Paul Couch What was cutting edge in the mid-1990s may seem a little dated 20 years later but Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing is still engaging and a brave choice for a young cast to tackle. Set in south east London's uncompromising Thamesmead estate, it's the story of sensitive Jamie and sporty golden boy ...

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