Latitude Festival

Marking the procession route Wednesday

Some festival goers hail Latitude as the Queen of festivals…so I felt honoured and privileged to find myself taking part in the opening event – a Procession of Elders and young Earth Spirits accompanied by the ancient earth beast Tundra (a 20 foot high white puppet). Astonished and delighted adults and children flocked to watch and interact with mythical animals and mischievous devils.

Me wearing fantastical crow costume before the Opening Procession on Thursday

Members of Ages & Stages Theatre Company form the New Vic joined up with representatives of Watermill Theatre along with children form Hay on Wye to bring to life the amazingly spectacular costumes created by Ita Drew. The huge mechanical puppet was made by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation and took eight people to operate it.

Tundra the 20 foot high ancient earth beast ready for the hour and a half long trek around the Latitude Festival site

The Elders, a ritualistic large scale piece of mobile theatre, was a creative collaboration between Creative and Artistic Directors Ami Cadillac and Kris Huball.

Of course, this was just the start of Latitude Festival 2019 which had a fantastic programme of music, theatre, comedy, talks et cetera, et cetera.

Northern Ballet on the Waterfront Stage Saturday

Brilliant!

About Maurice Greenham

Musician, actor, writer, student, art lover, global traveller. Gay man living with HIV for over 35 years...and enjoying life in his 70s. Speaks Spanish, French and German as well as English. Although German was the language he studied most recently, it is the one with which he has most difficulty. Competent pianist and becoming more competent as an organist. Normally sing tenor in a choir, but can also manage bass parts. Had a successful career in professional theatre which he loved... until it ended with enforced retirement because of an AIDS diagnosis in 1994 when Maurice was given 6 months to live. Before that worked in education as a teacher/lecturer in music and drama.
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