As campers begin to descend on Henham Park in Suffolk for the 11th Edition of the, now firmly established, Latitude Festival, The Reviews Hub team join them and have already set up their tents. From the site, Kris Hallett shares his views of the weekend ahead.
Latitude 2016 is, even at this early stage, is one up on last year. This year’s journey into the festival being a straightforward cruise rather than a logjam of traffic that seemed to bring half of Suffolk to a standstill. So rather than pitching tents by torchlight as the clock ticks close to midnight, half of the Latitude reviewing team has already found itself with their tents pitched and plans made for the rest of the evening all before tea time.
Although not officially kicking off until tomorrow [Friday 15 July 2016] there will be some things taking place this Thursday evening, including what looks like sure-fire anarchy in Fight In The Dog’s version of Twelfth Night using comedians and Hofesh Schechter’s Company who will be bringing tHE bAD to the Waterfront Stage as the sun goes down and evening becomes night. Here are some other theatrical goodies included under this year’s festival.
Graeae: Reasons To Be Cheerful
A celebration of Ian Dury and The Blockhead from the thrilling Graeae that uses British Sign Language, Captioning and Audio Recordings in a rollicking piece that is part theatre/ part gig.. Theatre gigs are a big part of this festival- also see Jane Horrock’s If You Kiss Me which might work better in a festival setting then in its mixed notices version at the Young Vic.
Gob Squad: Super Night Shot
This Berlin based collective bleed art, media and theatre into the tales of everyday life. Unpredictable, comical and moving; this new piece is a magical journey through the night time streets of a city not far from here; elevating the everyday into the epic and playing with the perception of the familiar. Literally, anything might happen, expect the unexpected.
Lyric Hammersmith: The Importance Of Being Earnest
The brilliant director Sean Holmes reimagines Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece using just two performers: The Great British Bake Off‘s Mel Giedroyc and comedian Ed Gaughan, to tackle all the roles. Shakespeare has been reinterpreted for years but Wilde and his ilk have so far remained relatively unstained by directorial intervention. Is this just a crazy exercise or a first step in being freer with these stylists.
Action To The Word: A Midsummer Nights Dream
Last year this companies Steam-Punk Dracula took the Saturday night by storm, mixing the gothic with the contemporary. Though messy in places it brimmed with invention and so Shakespeare’s most magical play should give this company plenty more opportunity to showcase their brimming theatrical imaginations.
Theatre Ad Infinitum: Bucket List
Co-artistic director George Mann is a resident director at Bristol Old Vic and helped shape Pink Mist one of the South West theatres success stories of the past few years and this reviewer’s favourite work of 2015. Any work this company creates is always worth a look and this one looks particularly fascinating, as one solo Mexican orphan fights against injustice. This is an early preview for a work that will head on to the Fringe this August and, as such, is an early opportunity to see a work that will tour extensively over the next year.
Young Vic &Royal Court: Cuttin’ It
Already receiving strong reviews from previous performances as part of LIFT,Charlene James’ play about FGM should be a sobering experience about what it takes to be a woman for some people in our society
Christopher Brett Bailey: This Machine
Another piece that could be classified under ‘theatre gig.’ Bailey’s previous work has been divisive but always create a stir. It’s banner for This Machine Won’t Kill Fascists But Might Get You Laid certainly catches the attention and it is likely this show will be one of the talking points of this year’s festival.
Sh!t Theatre: Letters To Windsor House
This young company have been developing their theatrical voices over the past few years and this is a work that promises to explore a London and a friendship that is changing. The subject might be treading over well-trodden ground but with this company it’s all in the telling, and with songs and stories and dodgy landlords we are promised ‘The Singing Detectives for Generation Rent’. Sounds promising.