Last year Northern Stage assembled a company of seven recent graduates and emerging artists to form a new ensemble, North.
Their debut show, The Man Who Thought The Moon Would Fall Out Of The Sky, may have started life at Northern Stage but toured the country, including a successful visit to last year’s Latitude Festival.
For 2014 the company are returning to the Suffolk Festival, sporting a new name and presenting a new piece of work prior to their Edinburgh Festival début later in the month.
Now called The Letter Room, the seven will be sharing Bonenkai at Latitude, a musical tale of one fatal night at the mysterious Club Bonenkai.
For The Letter Room’s Stan Hodgson, the chance to return to the festival was too good to miss: “We are so pleased to be returning to Latitude this summer. Latitude is a special place. There’s such a lovely atmosphere in every tent, on every stage, in every little copse and corner.”
Latitude has always prided itself on its mix of established names and up and coming artists and it’s a policy that Hodgson recognises. “It’s such a valuable opportunity for an emerging company like us. To perform on such an internationally renowned platform, alongside companies like Forced Entertainment and The RSC, is a big honour, and we cannot wait to be back on those fields.”
Perhaps appropriately for a festival setting, Bonenkai is described as a chance to party away your troubles and forget the outside world. Its sounds a perfect offering for Latitude goers and one Hodsgon hopes they will enjoy “We’ve been working our socks off all year round, making Bonenkai, so we can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it.
Photo: Joe Haydon