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July 9, 2015
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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.
July 24, 2014
Menagerie are excited to announce that we will be producing Swimming by Jane Upton at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with previews at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (24 July) and Soho Theatre (25 & 26 July).
The sun goes in, everything shuts down and it all starts again.
Three teenagers trapped on the Isle of Wight, desperate to make their mark on the world. But is the pull of the past too strong? A bittersweet comedy about grief, growing up and the paralysing pressure to be somebody.
For more information and how to book click here.
July 10, 2014
Hotbed is breaking new ground.
This year, Menagerie is collaborating with artists who are testing new ideas and pushing boundaries. Hotbed 2014: Testing! Testing! invites our audiences to engage and participate in exciting new work taking place on the front line of contemporary theatre.
Hotbed will run from 10-13 July at Cambridge Junction. For more information, click here.
February 20, 2014
After fantastic reviews and a sell-out run in 2012, Egusi Soup is back in new production to serve up family feuds, fights and a good few belly laughs.
Egusi Soup will be going on national tour from 20th February-5th April 2014 and will be visiting Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough Key Theatre, Arts Depot, Hull Truck, Derby Theatre, Birmingham REP, The Albany, and Nottingham Playhouse.
For more details on the tour and how to book tickets, click here.
Click here for a greeting from the Egusi Soup cast and hear why they think you should come to the show!
January 25, 2014
We’ve got a fantastic group of budding young writers who will be joining us for our Young Writers Workshop this Spring.
Every Saturday from 25 Jan-1 March, we’ll be coming together to read and discuss our work. We’ll also be visited by a brilliant lineup of guest writers who will be leading a workshop on a play that has had a great influence on their own work. Guest writers include Craig Baxter, Suzy Marston, Carl Miller, Dawn King and Ed Harris.
To follow the young writers’ progress, click here.
December 18, 2013
Applications for our Young Writers Workshop have been extended to 18 Dec. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with professional playwrights, focus on your craft and potentially see your work staged at Hotbed 2014…
October 26, 2013
As part of our Ideas Stage project, Menagerie have teamed up with Professor Alan Dignam of QMUL to create a unique workshop which explores current human rights issues. Private Power in Public Spaces will be at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on October 26th, after having toured to Belfast, Dublin and London. The event is supported by Amnesty International and engages people in Professor Dignam’s current research with its exciting cocktail of performance and participation. It’s a huge privilege to be back at the Festival of Ideas and we look forward to our part in it. Full information and booking details here.
October 15, 2013
Selected from the outstanding 2013 Cambridge Festival of New Writing, a one-act play (Why Can’t We Live Together?) and two short pieces (from the What’s Up Doc?series), presented as a double-bill of instant quality and lasting depth.
15 October – 9 November 2013, 7.45pm; 5pm Sundays
£15 / £10 Concessions
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER?
by Steve Waters (Bush, Donmar Warehouse)
Set against the low hum of the War on Terror, this is a kaleidoscopic vision of our times through the lives of one man and one woman. Short, sharp and brilliantly observed, life flickers in front of us at break-neck speed.
You’re asking me to be somebody I didn’t know I was going to be until you suddenly realised you wanted me to be that person.
Check out the trailer here
WHAT’S UP DOC?
Two short new pieces written in collaboration with ‘Thought Leaders’; experts in their field.
by Craig Baxter (STAGE prize winner 2011); Collaborator: Professor Richard Horner, University of Toronto.
Nyxie sleeps. As she sleeps, she talks…
You’re really good at going to sleep, aren’t you?… Not like me. No, I’m rubbish…
How To Begin
by Hisham Matar (Booker prize nominee); Collaborator: Dr Devorah Baum, University of Southampton
We began and I told her.
Again, I spoke and I told her. I was precise. Precise. I sat her down and was – precise.
Performers: Jasmine Hyde and Mark Oosterveen
Directors: Paul Bourne and Patrick Morris
Designer: Nicky Bunch