Latitude Wins an Empty Space…Peter Brook Award

UK: Latitude festival has won the Dan Crawford Innovation Award at the Empty Space…Peter Brook Awards 2014, for the unique use of an outside space and transforming fields and forests into pockets of captivating performances. The £2000 award is sponsored by Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres.

Theatre at Latitude has always escaped traditional boundaries, right from the very first performance in the Theatre Arena in 2006. Since then it has been a permanent fixture of the festival and continues to involve the country’s leading theatre companies. Amongst other special moments, the 2014 programming included the RSC, Battersea Arts Centre and Forced Entertainment in the 550 capacity arena.

In 2014 Latitude made some big changes, creating three new spaces for theatrical performances: the Shed of Stories which housed storytellers from all walks of life, weaving the audience into their tales; The Little House – a theatrical studio space that programmed big theatre companies and exciting new talent in an exclusive, intimate setting; and the Live Art House, for unexpected live art performances. Pandora’s Playground offered audiences all manners of side shows, interactive art, dance troupes and theatre, while in the Faraway Forest, the outdoor performance spaces saw theatrical performances and installations that explored the festival’s theme: ‘Secrets and Lies’. There was the even theatre on the Waterfront Stage with the Dirty Dancing ‘lift moment’.

Tania Harrison, Arts Curator for Latitude, said: “We are tremendously proud and honoured for Latitude Festival to have been recognised at the Empty Space…Peter Brook Awards 2014. The Dan Crawford Innovation Award is sponsored by Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres, who has made a generous donation of £2000 which we were thrilled to receive. We want to do something special with the donation that is in keeping with the spirit of Dan Crawford and that reflects the ethos and intent of the Peter Brook Awards and of Latitude Festival. To that end, we will be using this award to commission a new theatrical performance piece to be performed in the Faraway Forest at Latitude 2015. The piece will reflect the award in that we will be looking at innovative ideas and meaning that will explore the festival’s arts theme. The theme will be announced in January, when we will put a call out to artists and companies for the commission.”

The Empty Space Peter Brook Awards, now in their 25th year, celebrate innovations by smaller theatre spaces that receive little or no public funding.