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 toPoleroid Theatre.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Two short ballads about being alive and not… About migration, missed connections, and life on the edge of respectability. About where we are now, and whether we are really living. About getting away from it all.
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 is often concentrated in London Fringe Theatres – in 2014 we were nominated for three Off-West End Theatre Awards for our production of Free Fall by Murdered By My Father writer Vinay Patel at the Pleasance. Latitude Festival allows crucial access to a wide range of venues and industry professionals from across the UK. We debuted a brand new play Plastic by BAFTA nominated Kenneth Emson directed by Josh Roche at Latitude Festival last year, and that outing has allowed us to test this new play in front of an audience, make changes and it will now be touring the UK in Spring 2017.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?
Kenny and Brad are two of the most urgent yet humane playwrights working today. Their work explores the dark undercurrents of life in the 21st century but does so from the perspective of those on the margins whose stories we rarely get to hear. They are also artists whose work challenges the boundaries of what the live experience of theatre can be. We’re really excited to be bringing these stories to life at Latitude.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?
All The Things I Lied About written and performed by Katie Bonna, directed by Joe Murphy. Katie performed in our production of Plastic for Latitude last year, and we can’t wait to see her brilliant new solo show.
Are you camping at Latitude and if so what is your one top camping tip?
Bring a pillow.
Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival – and why?
Wellies can get very hot… so probably converse for us.. unless it’s chucking it down (hopefully not as we’re performing outside in The Clearing!)
This Must Be The Placewill be performed on Saturday 16 July at 15:30 in The Clearing at this year’s Latitude Festival, which runs 14-17 July 2016