How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Plastic is a dynamic new verse play by award-winning television and stage writer Kenneth Emson (HighTide/EastEnders/Doctors) exploring the first moments of adulthood; the hard edge of school abuse, the creation of urban folklore and the seemingly random moments that come to define our adult lives.
How has the show developed on the way to Latitude?
We’ve been developing the play since January this year and it has undergone various drafts and readings with some fantastic actors through the support of space at Ideas Tap and the Old Vic New Voices. We are about to enter a period of R&D in the lead up to Latitude in order to develop the play’s unique visceral delivery, and allow us to continue to develop our collaborative method, which gives Kenneth the opportunity to work practically to hone the script alongside our cast which includes James Cooney (Bottleneck), Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story), Scott Hazell (Mudlarks) and director Josh Roche, who is currently assisting Gregory Doran at the RSC.
How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have arts programming alongside the music acts?
Hugely important – particularly for emerging companies like ourselves whose work have so far been mainly concentrated in London Fringe Theatres – in 2014 we were Off-West End Theatre Award nominated for our production of Free Fall by HighTide writer Vinay Patel at the Pleasance. Latitude Festival will allow us crucial access to a wide range of venues and industry professionals from across the UK, allowing us to widen our networks and get our work seen by an audience we may not otherwise have had access to.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?
Plastic is reflective of writer Kenneth’s own upbringing in Thurrock, Essex, and is inspired by a community where creative and cultural learning is dismissed as non-essential. Uniquely this play mixes free verse and a non-naturalistic direct-address narrative and we are collaborating with the fantastic sound designer Jon Mcleod to give this beautifully observed story a distinct rhythm, texture and rhyme, which will be driving and supporting the voices of our four characters.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?
Sabrina Mahfouz’s Chef produced by Paines Plough!
Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival?
Wellies – unless it’s desert-like hot, in which case Converse. No one likes cold, wet, sore feet.
Are you camping at Latitude and if so what’s your one top camping tip?
Layers! Waking up at 6am freezing is never fun as we discovered when took a piece to Wilderness Festival last year… Also remembering where your tent is when you go to the toilet in the middle of the night so you don’t stumble around panicking for half an hour in the pitch black…
Latitude is famous for its multi-coloured sheep – if your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?
Poleroid Theatrewill perform in The Little House at Latitude on Friday 17 July.