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Young Writers’ Workshops start on Sat 31 Jan!

September 21st, 2014

Young Writers Workshops – Menagerie’s workshops for writers aged 18-25, held at Cambridge Junction… now in their 3rd year.  This year it will run every Saturday January 31st – March 7th 2015.  Meet working playwrights, receive feedback and coaching on your current work, and have the opportunity to be commissioned for Hotbed.   Full application details to be published on our website soon.


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Swimming by Jane Upton- promo!

July 14th, 2014

Rehearsals for Swimming are well underway and we’re all getting quite excited to be heading up to the Fringe.

Click here for a little sneak peak preview of a scene from the show.

You can read more about our Swimming cast and creative team here.

Swimming Jack


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Hotbed 2014 Dates Announced!

August 9th, 2013

We now have dates for Hotbed 2014 at Cambridge Junction: 10th – 13th July, so get them into your diary now!  The festival will be on tour again as well, so watch this space for further dates and commissioning deadlines.



Hotbed 2013 and Beyond

August 9th, 2013

Well, after 15 days of the best new writing around, Hotbed 2013 has finished – but, it is definitely not over.  We are working towards transferring a selection of the plays to London and to the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, so watch this space for further dates.



Hotbed writer wins a Sony Radio Award!

May 14th, 2013


Congratulations to Hotbed 2012 writer Ed Harris who has just won the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama!  His radio play The Resistance of Mrs Brown was performed on BBC Radio 4, and starred Amanda Root as Mrs Brown, a very ordinary tea lady who serves the Nazi Administration in London.



Tickets now on Sale for Hotbed Festival!

April 18th, 2013


Eleven years on from the first Hotbed, things have changed quite a bit…

This year we have once again teamed up with our long term partner, Cambridge Junction, but now we also have some new producing partners: The Colchester Mercury, Bury Theatre Royal and Soho Theatre, London.

Many favourites are still featured: our One Act plays, short works, guest productions and workshops. However, this year we are introducing a major new initiative with our What’s Up Doc? Commissions, as Thought Leaders collaborate with writers to create work on the cutting edge of contemporary ideas. From death and sleep to the moon and beyond, we explore and celebrate Thinking Through Theatre!


Tickets are now on sale at all theatres involved in this year’s Hotbed Festival.

To book tickets, and for more information about the Hotbed Festival in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and London, click on the Theatre links below:

Cambridge Junction     (11 July – 14 July)

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds     (16 July – 17 July)

Mercury Theatre, Colchester     (18 July – 21 July)

Soho Theatre, London     (23 July – 27 July)



Weekend Tickets at Cambridge Junction

We encourage you to come to multiple events at the festival, so to make life easier we’re selling weekend day passes for Hotbed at Cambridge Junction.  Each event is individually priced, but to get the best out of the festival, why don’t you buy a weekend day pass, which will let you into almost every event (excluding workshops and the odd time-table clash!)?

Saturday (13 July) pass: £30/£28

Sunday (14 July) pass: £30/£28

There are only 50 passes for Saturday and 50 for Sunday, so get in there quick!

Box Office: 01223 511511


Click the links for the festival schedule in Cambridge:

Thurs 11 and Fri 12   Saturday 13   Sunday 14




Anna joins us at Menagerie

March 20th, 2013

Anna has joined us at Menagerie to help with this year’s Hotbed festival. She has recently graduated from the University of York and is here until the end of Hotbed 2013, learning how to be a top class Theatre Producer (under Mhari’s expert instruction)!



Hotbed Commissions

March 18th, 2013

The deadline for submissions has now passed.  We will be contacting all writers who submitted proposals once final decisions have been made.  We are still accepting entries for the One Page Play Competition



Hotbed Writing Commissions 2013

February 14th, 2013

There are two ways writers can get involved in Hotbed 2013.

Click on the links below for further information on each method of entry into Hotbed

1.) What’s Up Doc? Commissions

Hotbed What’s Up Doc Commissioning Brief

Hotbed What’s Up Doc Information Sheet

2.) One Act Plays

Hotbed One Acts Commissioinig Brief

Hotbed One Act Information Sheet



Plans for Hotbed 2013 are under way!

January 22nd, 2013

The Menagerie office is alive with Hotbed planning, so watch this space for more information on our July festival.