Hotbed Commissions 2015

Thu 5 Feb

Hotbed is The Cambridge New Writing theatre festival produced by Menagerie Theatre Company, co-produced with the Cambridge Junction and presented in association with Soho Theatre.

Held since 2002, festival commissions have included work by Tim Etchells, Naomi Wallace, Steve Waters, Fraser Grace, Ed Harris, Diane Samuels, Jane Upton, Chris O’Connell and Janice Okoh as well as dozens of first-time and up-and-coming writers.

Menagerie are looking to commission new work for the festival which will be developed as a Showcase Festival Production in 2015 and as a full production intended for national and international touring in 2016 and beyond.

Current commissions:

  • Plays up to 70 minutes in length


  • Collaborative plays of up to 30 minutes


Beatboxer Wanted

Thu 22 Jan

Rowan James is a hip hop/punk-inspired performance poet. Known for delivering quick-fire rap style poetry, often rooted in social commentary with flashes of humor and a unique, engaging performance style.

We have begun working on a spoken word show titled “Until I Speak”.  An exploration of society’s perceptions of people’s disabilities, the show will focus on how disability labels are used within society.  It also aims to question how we as a society can acknowledge the inspirational qualities of people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Rowan and the team are keen to work with a beatboxer to create the show. Someone who will go on to perform the show with Rowan at the Cambridge Junction and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ideally we want to work with someone who is passionate about equality and using their creative skills. (beat boxing, rap, poetry) to explore a subject. It needs to be someone who can work with Rowans own sense of rhythm and if they have any performance background in theatre then that would be an added bonus.

If you know anyone who might be good or someone who might be interested then please email the show’s producer, Luke, on This is a paid role. We’re hoping to find someone by the end of the month so please get in touch ASAP.

Commissioned by Cambridge Junction. Supported by Cambridge Junction and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich through Escalator Performing Arts, and Stopgap Dance Company.


Christmas Box Office Opening Hours

Mon 22 Dec

Christmas Eve | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)

Christmas Day | Closed

Boxing Day | Closed

27th Dec | Event only (2pm – 4pm)

28th Dec | Event only (10am – 4pm)

29th Dec | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)

30th Dec | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)

31st Dec (NYE) | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)

1st Jan | Event only (2pm – 4pm)

2nd Jan onwards | Open as normal (10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat; Evening events; Sun event only)

Around the World in 80 Days - the reviews are in!

Fri 19 Dec

Here's what the press have to say about our family Christmas show Around the World in 80 Days... 

“a deliciously fresh Christmas show” ★★★★ The Stage 

“If at this time of year you need a rest from pantomime then Cambridge Junction have just the answer.” The Public Reviews 

"beautiful, charming and inventive" Cambridge News

"Audiences at Cambridge Junction last night were treated to an adventure of epic proportions in Around the World in 80 Days, New International Encounter’s captivating new Christmas show." Cambridge Edition

"a real treat for young audiences (and adults too!)" Local Secrets

“A well thought out presentation of a well-known tale introducing youngsters to one of the classics in an extremely entertaining show.” Grapevine Live 

"beautifully acted by a multi-talented cast who combine slap stick, audience participation and musicality perfectly."  ★★★★★  Mumsnet Cambridge

Around the World in 80 Days runs until Sun 04 Jan - more info and tickets here 

Photo: Claire Haigh

Calling all acoustic musicians and acoustic music lovers

Fri 12 Dec

The Fiver Unplugged are looking for a group of young promoters to work with us here at Cambridge Junction, to learn about and become involved in, all aspects of putting on a gig in a professional venue. From booking artists, promoting, advancing and stage managing, you will learn all about being a professional promoter.

If you would like to be involved, please email with the following: any relevant experience, why you want to be involved and why you feel you would be good for the job! You need to be 16 - 20, available to have fortnightly meetings at Cambridge Junction and will be offered guest list to gigs alongside getting great experience.

more information on The Fiver Unplugged can be found here