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Latitude announces 2017 theatre line-up

Latitude Festival. Photo: Paul Wesley Griggs
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Latitude Festival has announced its full theatre programme for 2017, which includes work exploring race and gender politics.

Built around the theme of ‘come the revolution’, Latitude will host the UK premiere of the Negro Problem’s Notes on a Native Song, which comes to the festival following a run in New York. The production uses the political potency of the Black Lives Matter movement to explore Trump’s America.

The Royal Court’s Manwatching is included in the programme, as will a new musical from Noah and the Whale front man Charlie Fink, produced by the Old Vic with Fane Productions.

Directed by Max Webster, it has a book by David Greig.

Theatre companies Sh!t Theatre, Nabokov, Middle Child and Paines Plough will also present work at the four-day festival, which takes place from July 13 to 16 in Suffolk.

Announcing the programme, Latitude’s curator of the arts, Tania Harrison, said: “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.”

Elsewhere, Mark Thomas returns with his new show, Predictable, while Paul Barritt, known for his work with 1927, presents a new production, Cat and Mouse.

Gagglebabble, the Other Room and Theatr Clwyd’s Sinners Club is also on the programme, as is Shon Dale-Jones: Me and Robin Hood, produced by Hoipolloi and London’s Royal Court.

Contemporary circus collective Cirk La Putyka presents the international premiere of its new work, Batacchio, while Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk will be staged by Edinburgh’s Traverse.

Other shows include Fuel’s Clod Ensemble, making its Latitude debut, with On the High Road, Dickie Beau’s Re-Member Me and Hot Brown Honey by Black Honey Company.

Previously announced acts include Opera North, Balletboyz, Sadler’s Wells and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

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