Latitude 2008


July 2008 Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk


For the third year running, we're producing three brand new plays at The Latitude Festival, commissioned from three of the UK's most exciting young writers - John Donnelly, Joel Horwood and Alexandra Wood.

We've also teamed up with Paines Plough and Oran Mor to present their acclaimed production of Crazy Love by Ché Walker, last seen at The nabokov Arts Club.

The Latitude Festival takes place over three days in the glorious surroundings of Henham Park on Suffolk's sunrise coast. Alongside us on a stellar bill of theatre is work from The Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Connections, The Royal Court, The Bush, Paines Plough and Drywrite amongst many more. Latitude 08 also boasts Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Interpol headlining the main music stage and a thrillingly eclectic programme of Poetry, Literature, Comedy and Film across 15 arenas.

Here are the line-ups:

Crazy Love by Che Walker directed by George Perrin music composed by Arthur Darvill starring Phoebe Whyte, Julia Sandiford and Suzie McGrath

Miles To Go by Alexandra Wood directed by Polly Findlay starring Matti Houghton, Paul Chesterton, Daniel Percival and George Rainsford

Corporate Rock written and directed by John Donnelly starring John Hopkins, Leander Deeny, Hannah Young, Bryan Dick and Sophie Wu

Public Displays Of Affection by Joel Horwood directed by George Perrin choreographed by Georgina Lamb music composed by Arthur Darvill starring Cameron Miller, Jonjo O'Neill, Saskia Butler, Sarah Solemani, Sian Clifford, Tim Evans, Sam Roukin, Chike Okonkwo and Rachael Spence dancers Philip Desmeules, Sarah-Jane Wolverson, Lizzy Watts, Isabel Defaut, Becci Gemill, Richard Morgan, Camilla Kinchin, Julia Sandiford, Leonie Hill and Imogen Kinchin

And here's the lowdown on our writers:

John Donnelly John's plays include Bone (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Myrna Molloy (Operating Theatre Company), Showtime (LAMDA), Heat and Light (Heat and Light Company, Hampstead Theatre), Songs of Grace and Redemption (Liminal Theatre/ Theatre 503) and Alarm and Distress (Redbridge Drama Centre). He is a past winner of both the PMA Award for Best Writer and the NSDF Sunday Times Playwriting Award, and has recently completed an attachment at the National Theatre.

Joel Horwood Joel is a member of the Royal Court/BBC 'The 50' scheme and took part in The Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays in November 2006. He is currently nabokov's playwright-in-residence. His plays include: I Caught Crabs in Walberswick (Hightide Festival), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Is Everyone Okay (nabokov), Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse), Food (Traverse) and Mikey the Pikey (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Alexandra Wood Alexandra was born and lives in London. She studied at York and Birmingham Universities, and took part in the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme. The Eleventh Capital was produced as part of the Young Writers Festival 2007, and with it she won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007. Her commission for the Royal Court, The Lion's Mouth, was seen as part of the Rough Cuts season in January this year. She is currently working with director Natalie Abrahami on a play to be produced at the Gate in early 2009. She is the former Literary Manager and current writer-in-residence at Finborough Theatre.

Crazy Love by Ché Walker (In association with Paines Plough and Oran Mor) Billie's fallen for the worst possible man in the world. Cordelia knows it. Shiv knows it. But Billie won't listen because it feels so good. An urban love story. Ché Walker's plays include Been So Long: The Musical (Young Vic), The Frontline (The Globe), Been So Long, Flesh Wound (Royal Court). He is a winner of the George Devine Award and The Arts Council Writers of The Future Award.

We're very grateful to our friends at Old Vic New Voices and Village Underground for their invaluable support in developing our work for Latitude.