Poet Sophie Rose gives Latitude a glimpse of her fringe show

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Ba

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

As well as all the music and comedy, another big draw at the festival has been poetry.

Spoken word is becoming increasingly popular with performers attracting big crowds at venues across the region.

It was no different at Henham Park with the Poetry Arena tent busy throughout the day.

One performer was Sophie Rose, who gave an abridged version of Quiet Violence, her debut spoken word theatre show which she is taking to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Strolling on stage with a blue plastic shopping bag, and a 'Britney' microphone on her face we are introduced to a twenty something girl not sure where her life is going.


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Living on the fourth floor of a new block of flats she befriends and older neighbour who rarely leaves the building.

Feeling sorry for him, as he watches TV all day, makes her feel better about her life with hopeless boyfriend Craig, who she met in a nightclub.

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With thumping drum and bass filling the dimly lit tent she takes the audience on a tour of the club she meets her love interest.

In the cold light of day she realises they have nothing in common but sticks with him because its easier than telling him how she really feels.

Quiet Violence is a confident performance which demonstrates Rose's talent as a performer and a writer.

This glimpse into of the life of a 26-year-old, too scared to call her Dad because she is not the little girl he remembers, raises questions about finding your place in the world as a young woman.

The sketch ranges from funny snippets of modern life we can all relate to – like why does everyone shove their used shopping bags into the kitchen cupboard – to the poignant moment where Rose realises she is the only person who can make herself happy.

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