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LATITUDE LOWDOWN: Brigitte Aphrodite

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Gig meets theatre meets depression meets poetry meets laughter meets a tidal wave of glitter!

Is this your first visit to the Latitude Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

I’ve been to Latitude many times before. It’s my favourite festival. Memories: fresh oysters, performers walking on the illuminated lake like Jesus, theatre, poetry, book readings, getting high on the atmosphere of culture obviously!

My favourite memory of Latitude was sneaking to the side of the stage with poet, author and my darling friend Laura Dockrill to watch Jarvis Cocker do a secret gig in the film tent. We were mesmerised by him. In the middle of his set he ran off stage mistaking me for a sound technician and asked me “hey do you have the thingy to my thingy”, I just stood there shocked, staring at him gormlessly. He then realised I was a moron and swished beautifully back on stage and played a gorgeous song called Slush. Jarvis Cocker is my favourite artist in the world. I wish I had, had the thingy to his thingy!

How has the show developed on the way to Latitude?

We’ve been developing the show on and off over the last few years with the support of Iron Shoes, Young Vic, Barbican and Bush Theatre.My Beautiful Black Dogwas first performed as a five hander at the Bush Theatre as part of RADAR 2014 but we have adapted the show to a two hander produced by Boom Shakalaka Productions to make it transportable and more suited to loads of venues so we can go global!

How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have arts programming alongside the music acts?

It is vital for the future of theatre, poetry and literature. Latitude has been crucial in making spoken word as popular as it is now. It is my favourite festival because a lot of people who make art express themselves in multiple arts forms. Latitude represents this and opens people minds and hearts along the way.

How have you been preparing for festival life?

I’m living in a campervan at the moment so I suppose I’ll be used to the festival way of living when Latitude comes around. Me and Quiet Boy, our musical director, and Laura Keefe, our director, are rehearsing above the Lexington venue in Islington. There are always bands loading in and sound checking for the evening show and sometimes the sound and light technician puts on the disco ball and hazer for us and we dance around for a while. So yeah we’ve been preparing for the festival thoroughly and fabulously which I believe is the best possible way to prepare for anything in life.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?

It’s a real mixture of pretty much every art form at Latitude – poetry, music, comedy and dance but that does not dilute the show, it intensifies it.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?

Oh so many!Sun Kil Moon, John Cooper Clark, Ruby Wax, Sane New World, Eddie Argos, Bryony Kimmings &Tim Greyburn and Scottie War Paint Nitin Sawhney.

Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival?

Waterproof hiking boots. You end up walking miles during a day. In a dream world, my hiking boots would be covered in swarovski crystals by Terry De Havilland (a feminist showgirl can dream).

Are you camping at Latitude and if so what’s your one top camping tip?

Wet wipes, dry shampoo, corned beef, gin and tonic in a can, contraceptives if you’re planning to get romantic and breakfast bars.

Latitude is famous for its multi-coloured sheep – if your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?

It would be a Beautiful Black Dog (obvs)… or a flamingo!


Brigitte Aphrodite will be performing My Beautiful Black Dog in the Poetry Arean on Saturday 18th July

For more information visit www.latitudefestival.com or www.brigitteaphrodite.co.uk

Photo: Olivier Richomme

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