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Hotbed 2018 July 6-7th at Cambridge Junction

July 3rd, 2018

Come down to Cambridge Junction on Friday and Saturday 6-7th July, to see some exciting new theatre from the UK, Ireland and Czech Republic.  Young UK company, Night Train, premiere their innaugural piece, Maklena.  From Ireland we welcome back Fishamble with 2 shows, Silent and Underneath.  And from the Czech Republic, with a world premiere of Untitled we host Divadlo 6-16 Prague, featuring leading Czech performer Milena Steinmasslova.

Full detail of the whole festival, which also features workshops, readings and community performances, are available here. 


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BBC Radio Plays Live

November 8th, 2010

BBC RADIO PLAYS LIVE: 19.00 Sunday 14th November

All plays have been commissioned by the BBC…

All plays feature writers and subjects from the East of England…

All plays last just seven minutes!

All plays performed live (sound effects ‘unall)!

Listen now



Steve Waters

November 3rd, 2010

Steve Waters Book Launch

Steve Waters Book Launch is on 14th November at 5pm ( Part of HOTBED 2010) Free Entry and the book is available at a discounted price.

Drawing on a wide range of drama, both historical and modern, Waters takes the reader through the key elements of dramatic writing – scenes, acts, space, time, characters, language and images – to show how a play is more than the sum of its parts, with as much inner vitality as a living organism. Click here to find out more.

‘Theatre is a live medium, about bodies, sweat and feeling, even if it is informed by ideas and reason. How a thing composed of words manages to carry within it the currents of energy that generate that impression of life is what I want to explore…’ Steve Waters

‘Steve Waters’ book is like his plays: clear, elegant and stimulating throughout’ David Edgar



David Edgar

October 27th, 2010

Hotbed 2010 presents a new writing masterclass with David Edgar one of England’s finest playwrites on Sunday 14th November at 11.00am-13.30pm . See Hotbed 2010 for more details.


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Addition to published programme!

June 14th, 2009

Random Scream

Investment playfully examines the serious issues of consumerism, culture, politics and the environment from the point of view of the ‘Investor’. As governments attempt to kick-start the global economy, Investment looks at the moral maze of our created culture and invites the audience to question their values and directly compare the urgency of the issues facing us today.

It¹s subversive political theatre and quite possibly an advertisement for the lottery itself.

Friday 3 July – 9pm
£5/£4 (includes a lottery ticket)
| 75 mins



Hotbed rehearsals begin!

June 11th, 2009

stand-by-your-vanRight now, as I sit in the relative calm of the Menagerie office, the Hotbed actors are downstairs in rehearsals.  They each have one hand placed on the truck parked in their rehearsal room.  And in the other hand, they’re holding scripts for Anna Reynolds’ new play Stand By Your Van! The latest draft is hot-off-the-press.  We finished a read-through this morning and it’s looking fantastic: funny, poignant and gripping!

Tomorrow we’ll be moving onto some of the other plays in the festival, splitting the actors between rehearsals for Richard Fredman’s play Four For Jericho and Clare Bayley’s piece At Sea.

We’ve also just opened submission for the One-Page-Play-Competition-athonClick here to find out how you could see your writing up on stage at Hotbed Festival.


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Meetings with writers

May 25th, 2009


Preparations for Hotbed 2009 are now moving at quite a pace!  The full Hotbed line-up has been announced and you can download the festival brochure as a pdf from this page here.

The Hotbed creative team are working hard to make sure that every play in Hotbed achieves its maximum potential.  Over the next few weeks, the directors will be working closely with all the writers taking part, as scripts are developed and finalised.

I had a wonderful meeting last week with Jennifer Tuckett, whose new play There’s No Need To Panic will receive its first ever public airing at Hotbed.  Jennifer’s play was one of my personal favourite submissions for the festival.  And it was fantastic to meet her for the first time and to discover that we’d been thinking along exactly the same lines, in terms of the development of the script and our ambitions for it.

Roll on Hotbed 2009!  25 June to 4 July at The Junction, Cambridge.



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Hotbed 2009 Programme announced!

May 20th, 2009

Hotbed 09 blackAfter countless scripts, a mountain of treatments and some heated discussions at the Menagerie office, the programme for Hotbed 2009 has finally been finalised!

We were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the work submitted for Hotbed 2009.  Deciding which writers made it into the festival was extremely tough.  We each had allegiances to particular scripts or ideas which had grabbed us and refused to let us go.  But in the end, we were able to agree on a programme which we think might just be our strongest yet!

You can find out all about Hotbed 2009 by click through the menu on the right.  But suffice to say, it features some very big names, as well as the most exciting up-and-coming talent.  We welcome some Hotbed favourites back to the fold, along with new faces who we feel sure will set The Junction alight.  And we’re extremely excited to be welcoming a raft of our favourite guest companies and performers to make their contribution to Hotbed too.

We hope you can join us at The Junction for Hotbed 2009.  Put it in your diary!  The dates are 25 June – 4 July.  See you there…



Stand By Your Van

February 25th, 2009


patrick-stand-by-your-van1Workshops are now in full swing for our major production about twelve contestants in and endurance competition to win a Pick-up truck. Anna Reynolds will be writing the script and Jaimie Gramston will be creating the film montage. The show will open in Hotbed 2009 before moving to the Edinburgh Fringe.


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