Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4, 24 August 2012
Recorded entirely on location at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park,
Southwold, A Little Bit of Latitude told the story of two mates, schoolteacher Marie (Verity-May Henry) and Kitty
(Rachel Austin), who arrive at the festival determined to enjoy themselves, but end up getting more than they bargained for.
After a heavy night of revelry, Marie wakes up to find that her boyfriend Liam (Damian Le Bas) has disappeared, her tent is
stained with blood, and the Festival security team have come to investigate a disturbance that took place the previous night.
With a hangover to end all hangovers, Marie can remember nothing, so together with Kitty she tours the Festival site
to find out what happened.
There follows a picaresque series of adventures, involving encounters with Guy Garvey,
a member of the group Elbow (playing himself), a magician and his partner (Carl Prekopp, Candis Nergaard), and an inspector
with hay fever. Marie discovers that Liam is not all he appears; in truth he is a con-artist with a talent for fleecing
money out of unsuspecting victims. Eventually all ends happily, and the two women embark once more on their campaign to enjoy
all that the Festival offers, while vowing to remain sober.
Nadia Molinari's production proved great fun, with the two protagonists becoming
more and more hysterical as they uncover the complicated series of events. I marvelled at the sheer amount of activity they
managed to pack into one night; truly a vindication of the festival spirit.