In an effort to clear the winter blues and turn minds towards the summer, organisers have today [3 March 2016] announced first details of the theatre and arts line up for the 11th edition of Latitude Festival.
Taking place from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 July 2016 at Henham Park, Suffolk. Latitude Festival 2016 will have the theme ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and feature a wide mix of theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word and cabaret alongside the musical acts.
For Latitude’s Curator of the Arts, Tania Harrison, this year’s theme has great potential. “The theme for Latitude this year is ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and I will be looking to explore what it really means to have an understanding and relate to others; those people next to us, on social media, in the present, across the table, across genders, across streets, across countries, across class and religion, politics and physicality. It’s about breaking boundaries for the greater good.”
Latitude favourites the Australian circus company Circa will appear on Thursday evening with Il Ritorno. Set to Monteverdi’s operatic music, it explores displacement and refugeeism, so is a perfect fit for this year’s theme.
Other acts announced include Blind Summit working with Improbable to create Animo, an improvised puppetry performance; Berlin-based arts collective Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot; and the Lyric Hammersmith returning to the theatre tent for the first time in five years with a work-in-progress performance of their forthcoming production, The Importance of Being Earnest starring Mel Giedroyc and Ed Gaughan.
Graeae will be heading to the festival with a revival of their Ian Dury and the Blockheads musical Reasons to be Cheerful, featuring British sign language, captioning and audio description.
Following on from Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed, comedian and playwright Mark Thomas will present the final part of the trilogy, Red Light at Latitude and, in the year that sees arts organisations mark 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, both Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream appear as part of the arts programming.
Opera North return to Henham Park with a bandstand full of musicians playing the sound of long summer nights in The Little House, with a performance of Parklife, promising Ferocious Transylvanian fiddling meets smoky Hungarian café songs.
Other companies appearing include The Young Vic, The Royal Court, tiata fahodzi, Sh!t Theatre, Ursula Martinez, Christopher Brett Bailey, Nabokov Theatre Company, Old Trunk, Pentabus Theatre, The Paper Birds and Les Enfants Terribles.
The 11th Edition of The Latitude Festival runs at Henham Park Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 July 2016.
For full line-up details visit www.latitudefestival.com | Image:Dan Medhurst