Hotbed 2015: Testing! Testing!

Hotbed is The Cambridge New Writing theatre festival produced by Menagerie Theatre Company, co-produced with the Cambridge Junction and presented in association with Soho Theatre.

Held since 2002, Festival commissions have included work by Tim Etchells, Naomi Wallace, Steve Waters, Fraser Grace, Ed Harris, Diane Samuels, Jane Upton, Chris O’Connell and Janice Okoh as well as dozens of first-time and up-and-coming writers.

This year’s Festival features both youth and experience in abundance with an imaginative and fun array of new writing for the theatre.

Newly commissioned is Craig Baxter’s play Pictures of You which is inspired by the work of Professor Emily Holmes and Dr Martina Di Simplicio of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, on the ‘mental imagery’, emotion and the study and treatment of bipolar disorder.  The show is part of Menagerie’s Ideas Stage Programme of plays about Science.

Also featured this year is the young, talented and ever popular performance poet, Luke Wright.  He will delight audiences with his stand-up gig but also make his theatre debut with his one man show: What I Leaned from Johnny Bevan –  a story of friendship, class and a really bad idea for a festival.  Written and performed in visceral, punchy verse by Luke Wright, with a score by Ian Catskilken from Art Brut, What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a breath-taking poetic monologue unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Our international piece of theatre this year is from Slovakia and is called Fasbuk (performed in Slovakian with English surtitles) by the company Na Perone.  The show is a mosaic of mini-stories, which invites audiences to reflect on a generation’s confessional statement about humanity.

These are just some of the highlights of the Festival to whet your appetite. Watch this space for further programming information over the next few weeks.