Suffolk’s Latitude Festival announces ‘revolutionary’ theme for its theatrical acts

Sadler's Wells Theatre will be returning to this year's Latitude Festival. Picture: PAUL BAYFIELD

Sadler's Wells Theatre will be returning to this year's Latitude Festival. Picture: PAUL BAYFIELD

A spirit of revolution will be reflected in the performances at Suffolk’s largest multi-arts festival this summer.

Organisers of Latitude Festival, in Henham Park, near Southwold, have announced “Come the Revolution” as the theme of this year’s event.

Alongside musical performances from headline acts including The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, theatrical acts will once again play a central role to the entertainment.

Theatre, spoken-word, cabaret and gig-theatre acts will all be invited to embrace the theme for the festival’s 12th outing, which runs July 13-16. It is billed as offering a “spectacular choice of major shows, ground-breaking pieces and the first glance at works in progress”.

Latitude’s curator of the arts, Tania Harrison said: “As we launch the Latitude Theatre programme, I’m delighted to share this summer’s festival theme, Come The Revolution.

“I have invited artists and companies to explore the idea of revolution, from historical social changes to the injustices in our society today; to foster an empowered, revolutionary spirit in our audience.

“This theme is at the heart of our theatre programme, and emergent and established theatre makers from the UK, Europe, America and Australia, are asking the important questions.”

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Theatrical highlights at this year’s festival include Notes of a Native Song, which tells the story of the American novelist James Baldwin’s, while Hot Brown Honey is described as “equal parts theatre and social activism.”

Gender politics feature in the Royal Court Theatre’s Manwatching, 201 Dance Company’s Skin, while Holly Blakey challenges the “hyper-sexualised language and dance of the music video”.

Dickie Beau’s Fruits of the Forest and Desmond O’Connor present shows that mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

In The Cabaret Theatre, gig-theatre takes centre stage as theatre meets live music.

The shape-shifting Faraway Forest, brings revolution through immersive soundscapes from Opera North; ethereal voices sounding between the trees, plus pop-up Live Art performances.

Sadler’s Wells returns to the Waterfront dance stage, which will host an array of genres, from ballet to contemporary dance to hip-hop.

For full details about the festival visit here.

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