Festival season is in full flow and, here at The Reviews Hub,we’re tents pitched and wellies washed for our return to Suffolk’s Latitude Festival. With so much happening across Henham Park it can be hard to choose what to see. Our cheeky Latitude Lowdown series offers you the chance to hear about some of the offerings to be had. Glen Pearce spoke to Flipping The Bird director Jess Edwards about their offering, Torch.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Torchis about the gap between what we perform and what we really feel.
Is this your first visit to the Latitude Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
As a company, this is our third show at Latitude – as a director, this is my fifth! I love the festival and everything it promises and provokes – surprises, thrills, brilliantly mixed audiences.
How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have arts programming alongside the music acts?
Vital. Latitude is one of the best festival of its kind for democratic arts programming. Our show is a piece of theatre, but it follows the format of a gig and uses the metaphor of a front-woman for our performing selves. As an arts and music festival, Latitude is the perfect place for it to premiere!
How have you been preparing for festival life?
For the first time this year, we’re considering bringing a campervan instead of a humble tent… I really felt I cracked the camping thing in 2014 when I discovered the double sleeping bag. It’s like a double bed, but a sleeping bag. Game-changing. Seriously – check it out whether you’re watching or performing at festivals this year!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?
Torch has an entirely female creative team. We made the show because we wanted to explore our conflicted and ever growing ideas around personal feminism. Our show is a unique blend of the provocative, the political, the fun, and the silly all wrapped up in a burst of gold glitter. It’s not just a show for women, though – it’s for anyone interested in exploring and examining the female experience: men, women, rock-stars, punks, mavericks.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?
We’re super excited about MO and Grimes on the music stages – fierce front-women in their own right. The Royal Court have an exciting show, and some of our friends are involved in that. Our brilliant performer, Jess Mable Jones, has collaborated with Improbable and Blind Summit before, so we won’t be missing their show either.
Are you camping at Latitude and if so what is your one top camping tip?
The aforementioned double sleeping bag! And seriously – don’t try to sleep in a tent with a single skin. It will rain and everything you own will get wet. This happened to us back in 2012 and…never again!
Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival – and why?
Wellies! But fancy willies. We like it both ways – why not be practical and stylish. We’ll be rocking them with a gold lame catsuit. Come to the show to find out more!
Torchwill be performed at 13:15 on Saturday 16 July at the Little House (Theatre Arena) atthis year’s Latitude Festival, which runs 14-17 July 2016