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This Machine Won’t Kill Fascists But It Might Get You Laid @ Latitude 2016

Seizing the Little House Arena at Latitude, Christopher Brett-Bailey’s latest show gets off to a rocky start. Running almost half an hour late (in what has otherwise been a very tightly orchestrated festival), the audience wait confusedly outside. Eventually, we are admitted inside and Christopher explains the problem. His show is designed to be played at 120 decibels; at that volume, you would be able to hear it at all other stages on the Festival site: the organisers are having second thoughts. Before there is any time to really contemplate this, a steward marches through the crowd hurling neon ear plugs and Christopher proudly declares that they are going to do it anyway until “the Narcs shut us down”.


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Latitude Festival 2016 announce dance line up!

So we know the musical line up for this year’s Latitude Festival, with the likes of The Maccabees, The National, New Order, Grimes, Kurt Vile and the Violaters and Of Monsters and Men headlining the weekend from the 14th-17th July. However it’s now time to find out who’ll be joining this not to be missed weekend in the worlds of dance and theatre!

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John Kelly, Lead Vocalist of Graeae’s success, Reasons to be Cheerful, talks about performing at this year’s Latitude Festival!

Graeae Theatre Company. "Reasons To Be Cheerful"

Photograph courtesy of Patrick Baldwin

Since the 1980s, Graeae have trail blazed the performance arts landscape by shattering perceptions of disability and making the arts accessible to all. 36 years down the line, and they show no signs of slowing down, bringing their brand of fun, collaboration and daring to their latest and popular production, Reasons to be Cheerful, a feel good musical tying the songs of the legendary artist Ian Dury and the Blockheads to create an unforgettable experience. Ahead of Graeae’s summer tour, starting off at Latitude, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to lead vocalist, John Kelly about what being apart of Graeae means to him, what drew him to take part in the production 6 years ago, and  what it felt like taking part in the 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

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