Hotbed 2013



Click here for the Hotbed 2013 programme.


Commissioned Work 
Our three one act plays could not have been more different this year, moving from the raw, edgy lyrical lines of Swimming by Jane Upton to the absurd, yet intensely real world of Leopold Bloom in bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman.  The clever, pacy structure of Why Can’t We Live Together? by Steve Waters saw 21st century historical events intrinsically linked to the burgeoning relationship (and its eventual demise) of a couple living in Cambridge.

The What’s Up Doc? commissioning project, which was a new initiative for 2013, saw 6 writers collaborating with 6 thought leaders from around the world, and it was a risk worth taking as the writing felt fresh and different and was brought to life by some exciting and powerful staging.

One Page Play Competition Winners 
The One Page Play competition was extremely well supported in Cambridge and Colchester, as well over 100 people entered.  Ultimately, this made choosing the plays extremely difficult, but eventually a shortlist was created and the selected plays were performed for the public vote.  After 1 afternoon and 8 nights of performances, our 2013 winners were finally crowned: The Bliss of Solitude by William Patterson (Cambridge Winner); Saturday Night by Griff Scott (Colchester Winner) and A Bee’s Interview by Shanon Li (Young Writers Winner).

Guest Performances
Finally, a big thank you must be said to all the guest companies and performers who joined us for Hotbed, offering us such variety, originality and artistic innovation.  Audiences won’t forget the hilarious poems of Luke Wright, Silent and Forgotten brought to us by Dublin’s Fishamble, who now have quite a following in Cambridge, Bury and Colchester; the touching story of Prelude to a Coat by Steffi Mueller, whose white footprints across the stage told us of journeys travelled near and far, and the fantastically surreal Squally Showers by Little Bulb.

Beyond Hotbed 2013
We are collaborating with venues and partners to transfer work from Hotbed to London and to the Edinburgh Festival 2014.  We have also produced an event with QMUL and Amnesty International for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in October 2013.