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.

Welcome to Hotbed 2015

This year, Hotbed (The Cambridge New Writing Theatre Festival) celebrates Youth alongside Experience in an eclectic and daring collection of new writing for the stage.

With international work, top quality professional commissions, Guest Productions, our ‘Made in Cambridge’ series, Young Writers plays and a variety of workshops, this year’s Hotbed does truly have something for everyone…

Highlights include, the newly commissioned Pictures of You by Craig Baxter on the ‘mental imagery’, emotion and the study and treatment of bipolar disorder.  The show is part of Menagerie’s What’s Up Doc? series of plays.  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.  En route to Edinburgh, Dugout Theatre bring their hilarious comedy The Sunset Five - a play about a pub quiz team who stage a Las Vegas style casino heist.

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.

Download Hotbed 2015 Festival Programme

Download Hotbed_Schedule

For full show details, click on the links below:

Full Productions:

Fasbuk by Slovakian company Na Perone, Luke Wright in Stay-at-Home Dandy, Luke Wright in What I Learned from Johnny Bevan, A Lie by Francesca Beard, Professional Supervision by Tom Martin and The Sunset Five by DugOut Theatre.

The Sunset Five has now been replaced by Goodbear by DugOut Theatre.

These are completed productions including commissioned and guest work.

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What’s Up Doc? Plays:

Pictures of You by Craig Baxter, How to Cheat…And Be a Winner by Grace Knight, Fifteen by Sarah Davies

These are plays which have been written by a playwright in conversation or correspondence with a ‘Doc’.  The Docs are those who sit as thought leaders in their field (academic, scientific, political).

Special Event:

What’s Up Doc? Breakfast – a chance to discuss the What’s Up Doc? Plays

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Works in Progress and Staged Readings:

Guesthouse by Nicola Werenowska,  Offside by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish and TRAILER/trash by Mike Elliston.

These are semi-staged performances presenting the early drafts of exciting ideas.  They may be script-in-hand or learned: all exciting and raw.

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Cambridge Productions:

Black Cat by Corkscrew Theatre, MaD: New Plays by WRiTEON, Connie and the Suffragettes by Ros Connelly, The Cambridge Monolgues: Voices of the Past by Kay Blayney, Memory Bank devised by Cambridge Community Arts Drama Group, Streets and Dreams by Year 8 students from Coleridge Community College and Patience the Campervan by Kay Blayney, specially for children aged 4-8.

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Menagerie Young Writers:

Collection One: Immobile by Daniel Hutchinson, Beached by James McDermott and Violet Night by Rebekah Miron-Clayton

Collection Two: The Tinder Game by Michelle Sewell and Happy Birthday by Lindsay Oldham.

A collection of new one act plays from the Menagerie Young Writers’ Group (16-25), specially commissioned for Hotbed.

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Workshops:

Energy-Movement- Space led by Na Perone, Theatre of the People led by Marina Pallares Elias and The Birth of Panda Man led by Fraser Grace and Paul Bourne.

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One Page Play Competition:

We are still accepting entries for our One Page Play Competition. Selected plays will be performed at the Hotbed Festival.  If you are 16 and over you can enter the adult competition.  We also have a young writers category for those aged 15 years and under.

One Page Play Guidelines 2015

One Page Plays Guidelines 2015 – 15 and under

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