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Park Benches, Lemons and an Olivier Nominee

Park Benches, Lemons and an Olivier Nominee

Things are powering along here in the Menagerie offices.  Part of our team were rehearsing in the beautiful new building at Hills Road yesterday, and our ASM, Bryony, was totally inspired by the stunning coloured windows.  They do sound amazing!  Thanks Hills Road for helping us out with rehearsal space!  

Bryony has also come up trumps and found a park bench we can borrow for our play 'The Summer Before Everything'.  Saves us from stealing one from Parker's Piece (only joking!). Finding props is a busy job and people are running all over Cambridge finding the right bits and bobs to bring our Hotbed plays to life: wigs, candlesticks, a washing line, 18th century window, lemons, loaf of bread with money hidden in it...the list goes on.

We are also really excited about our guest shows and have started to arrange accommodation for visiting companies.  If you haven't already booked tickets for 'Ross and Rachel', don't miss this little gem.  It has an impressive list of accolades, and has been described as 'a startling piece of new writing' by The Stage. Written by 2015 Olivier Nominee, James Fritz, the play tells the mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together.  And stays together!  It was a sell-out hit in Edinburgh and in New York.

Anyway, hope to see you at Hotbed!

Mhari I Producer






Croissants, Worms and Chevalier d'Eon!

Croissants, Worms and Chevalier d'Eon!

There’s nothing better than getting to the office early and being greeted by your boss with croissants! I guess the early bird really does get the worm, and when I say ‘worm’, I mean super tasty croissant, yum!

Apart from being Menagerie’s wizard of social media, I have also (as of last Monday afternoon) been cast for a role in a new play ‘Chevalier d’Eon’ by award-winning, laptop-eating (there’s photographic evidence on our Facebook page!) playwright, Ed Harris. I’ve been in rehearsals this week and it’s been an awesome experience, as a fresh faced university graduate, it is amazing to be a part of one of the things that makes Cambridge truly great - it’s theatre scene. I’ve had the great pleasure of shadowing the Hotbed Festival’s Producer Mhari; she is truly dedicated to the festival, loves pranking Patrick and Paul and is an awesome mentor! 

As an Intern, my role is varied and I am involved in each corner of the festival; it's hard work but it’s more than rewarding. Well that’s enough from me, talk soon folks!

Jo Kinsella ¦ Producing inter

Hotbed on sale Soon!

Hotbed Theatre Festival 2016

Hotbed Theatre Festival goes on sale on Friday 10 June on the Cambridge Junction website.  We are very excited about this year's programme, and hope that you feel the same way too!

‘No Place Like Home’

No Place Like Home

Our community project 2016 is in collaboration with Abbey People, a community organisation working in the Abbey neighbourhood of Cambridge. Work will culminate in a performance at Hotbed.