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LATITUDE LOWDOWN: Joanna Griffin’s Clown Slut

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A one-woman show, bursting with feel-good feminism for the lads and ladies.

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

This is my first Latitude so I’ve heard it’s a rather civilised affair with families and culture vultures at the ready. The gourmet food vans are pretty epic so be prepared to compete with an organic falafel and humus wrap to keep the audience’s attention. If all extras are included in the price, they have my full permission to choose red cabbage over a comedy about gender inequality.

How has the show developed on the way to Latitude?

Two years ago, a geezer on the N20 night bus back to Barnet, hollered I was a “slut trapped in the body of a clown” and boom! Clown Slut was born. I became interested in ideas about institutionalised sexism and objectification culture, particularly rife in universities at the moment. The play enjoyed a sell out run at Edinburgh Festival last summer before coming to the BAC earlier this year. My dad has seen the show at least 18 times and now Clown Slut is being shared with people not responsible for my existence, I mean, that’s success.

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

I think it’s really bloody important. I know so many people who wouldn’t bother going to the theatre or seeing comedy but would happily book live music gigs. Suddenly under that alluring package that is a summer festival, they are hurled into a diverse hot pot of brilliance. One minute you’re drenched in cider, doing star jumps to Noel Gallagher, the next, you’re having an existential crisis in the poetry tent – that’s getting your money’s worth right?

How have you been preparing for festival life?

Because of all my costume changes and sound spill from all the festival’s frivolities, it’ll be my first time wearing a headset microphone on stage. To prepare, I’ve been running around my flat, with a black Tesco straw jammed in my ear shouting “This is Britney Spears! Can you hear me Wembley Arena?!” *cue Oops I Did It Again and a dance on my coffee table*

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

My biggest gripe with many art forms, is elitism or the feeling that if you don’t get it, it’s your fault, you’ve missed the point. Accessibility and an unashamed interest in mainstream popularity informs much of my show. It’s a stand-up theatre piece which has a rugged, get right in there with your audience feel. By really looking my audience in the eye, we get to share and enjoy a story about a human being trying to fit into the world. Get ready to shake your bodies too!

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

Fake It ‘Til You Make It from the powerhouse that is Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn, also Sabrina Mahfouz’s With A Little Bit of Luck and Chef.

Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival?

Neither. I’ll be crowd surfing the whole time

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

Get drunk enough you think sleep’s for the weak. Dancing all night is much better than straddling a floppy inflatable mattress.

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

A fox. Come see the show and you’ll see how we’ll reclaim what being foxy really looks like

 

Joanna Griffinwill be performingClown Slut on Saturday 18 July on the Cabaret Stage at Latitude.

For more information visit www.latitudefestival.com/line-up/artist/joanna-griffin

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