Hotbed 2019: Programme soon to be announced!

Hotbed 2019

Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 July

HOTBED is Menagerie Theatre Company’s annual festival of new writing and new work in association with and supported by Cambridge Junction.

Join us in July for an exciting weekend of discovery and sharing of new theatre, including world premieres, international guest performances, idea development, readings of new plays and workshops.

This year at the heart of the festival is the world premiere of BLISS by Fraser Grace, commissioned by The Platonov International Arts Festival in Russia! The epic story of 1920 Russia is a powerful and moving work of scale that explores what it is to love in times of immense hardship. Told with honesty and humour, this is a major new play from one of the UK's finest and relevant playwrights (Breakfast with Mugabe, RSC. Frobisher's Gold, Menagerie).

A packed weekend of work includes the brilliant new production of  BOULDER ***** "Breath-taking"  (Edinburgh Guide), TWO COMRADES "Original and moving" direct from Prague, plus new plays and works-in-progress from Menagerie Associates, including Lucy Crowe, Steve Waters and Lucy Sheerman. Plus exciting new Young Writers work, workshops and community performances including Cambridge's social theatre company Acting Now!

Hotbed 2018 is on its way!

Save the dates for this year's Hotbed New Writing Theatre Festival: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July.

This year, we are excited to welcome back the internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, Fishamble, with their Olivier Award-winning production of Silent and their stunning new piece of work Underneath

We will also have Maria Montague with us again, who was one of our young writers in 2016. This year, she is bringing a production that marks the English-language premiere of Maklena, translated from the Ukrainian original.  

Other events include a reading of a new play by Channel 4 Writer in Residence, Janice Okoh, a workshop by Fraser Grace and a an exciting reworking of Antigone by local theatre company, Acting Now.

The Full Hotbed Programme will be on sale via the Cambridge Junction Box Office next week.  

2016 Hotbed Archive

Ross and Rachel


One of the most affecting pieces I saw at the Hotbed festival yesterday was James Fritz’s play Ross and Rachel - a one-hander that couldn’t exactly be described as a monologue as it had multiple characters, all performed continuously by actor Molly Vevers; part anecdote, part stream of consciousness. The play itself dealt with themes of love, death and marriage – at times funny, at times cynical, in places, incredibly dark. It was masterfully written, masterfully acted and lingered in my mind long after the lights had gone down. 

Joe Waters I Menagerie Volunteer