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Views from the ‘Bridge - Spring 2016 - CALL OUT

Thu 28 Jan

 

Views From The ‘Bridge is Cambridge Junction’s showcase of new work by Cambridgeshire-based performance makers, selected via written application and invitation.

Each season, we present an eclectic evening of new extracts, developing and in-progress shows of between 5 and 20 minutes each.  For artists it’s a great chance to put something you’re working on in front of an audience, see how it goes down and to get some feedback. For audiences it’s a chance to provide feedback to an emerging artist or maybe spot the next up and coming local company.

As always, Cambridge Junction’s artistic team are on the look-out for new projects to benefit from development support and Views From The ‘Bridge is a great opportunity to get your work seen.
Success stories so far include Rowan James’ Easy For You To Say, first seen in Views From The ‘Bridge in Spring 2014, supported and commissioned by Cambridge Junction with full show appearing in WATCH OUT festival and the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, and Rachel Mariner’s Bill Clinton Hercules (also in Spring 2014) which went on to run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and returns to Cambridge Junction in May 2016 prior to a London run at the Park Theatre.

Spring 2016 Views from the ‘Bridge is on Monday 4th April.
We are looking for a handful of short pieces or extracts of longer works. Most of the performances will be in our theatre space J2 although it may be possible, by prior discussion, to show work elsewhere in the building.

Technical Info
Each company will have around 1 hour of tech time including a run-through in J2. Technical requirements should therefore be kept to a minimum. If in doubt talk to us before applying.

How to Apply
Send us an email with the answers to these questions
(NB. You must be a Troop member to participate)

  • Your name & contact details
  • Name of your company (if applicable)
  • A biography detailing your background, artistic ethos and achievements to date (150 words max)
  • The title of the work you’re proposing to show
  • A brief description of the work including the artistic aims & idea, genre, number of performers, proposed audience, how far into the creative process it is, and how much material you wish to present (150 words max)

Please supply web links, videos or photos if you have them – either of this work or previous work.

Questions & completed applications to: Daniel Pitt, Arts Producer, daniel.pitt@junction.co.uk

Deadline for completed applications is 9am on Monday 22nd February

New Theatre & Dance season announced!

Fri 8 Jan

Book early and save 30%

A word from Cambridge Junction's Arts Producer, Daniel Pitt

New year, new arts programme! As always I’ve gathered a selection of the best contemporary performance from the region, the country, and beyond covering theatre, dance, circus, live art and cabaret. This season's shows deal with everything from literature to Tourettes, immigration to hair extensions, and physics to feminism.

The international highlights this Spring are Nick Steur’s mesmerising A Piece of Time, over from the Netherlands for a UK exclusive, and intensely physical circus with brains from New Mexico’s The Ricochet Project in Smoke and Mirrors. A whole range of styles from artists raising questions about the world we’re living in.

We know things are often tight in January, and we know that lots of people only come to a couple of shows in the season, but we’d love to see you here, so we’ve got a special early-bird offer. Book for three shows in the season before the end of January and save 30%! Why not take a risk on that third show? If you’re after a personal tip, Tweet me something about you to @daniel_pitt and I’ll let you know what I’d recommend you came to!

Go on, it’s better than Netflix.

Daniel Pitt

Arts Producer, Cambridge Junction

EARLY BIRD OFFER

book early and save 30%!

Buy tickets for 3 different theatre or dance shows in the season and save 30% (excluding booking fees).*

Use code EARLYBIRD16 at the online checkout, over the phone or at our Box Office counter until midnight on 31st January.

Offer is valid on selected theatre and dance shows listed in the season brochure* from 01 February – 31 May 2016. Offer expires midnight 31 January 2016. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

*Offer excludes Hammer and Tongue events and Wave.

 

VIEW THE SEASON ONLINE HERE

DOWNLOAD THE SEASON BROCHURE HERE

Residencies call out

Thu 15 Oct

Cambridge Junction invites applications from artists and producers from any performance discipline (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) who would benefit from spending some time ‘in residence’ at the Cambridge Junction between January and April 2016 developing new work. 

Please download the guidelines and application form here

Deadline for completed applications is Monday 23rd November at 9am 

 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Cambridge Junction picks!

Wed 19 Aug

Cambridge Junction calls for audiences to watch the shows they missed first time round but to also watch the shows they loved, all over again!

Did you miss a show at Cambridge Junction and worry that you would never get the chance to see it again? Many of the artists and performers that we have supported over the years, will be at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Take this as your chance to see the ones you missed with performances ranging from theatre and poetry to circus acts and contemporary dance.  You could also use this opportunity to see the shows you loved for a second time round!

Fiction
AUG 5-16, 18-23, 25-30
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)
‘A surreal, immersive experience taking place in total darkness. Fiction explores the areas where sleep and wakefulness meet. The audience don headphones for an anxiously intimate, disorientating journey through the sprawling architecture of dreams as the hyper-realistic binaural 3D sound puts you in the centre of the show.’

Tribute Acts
AUG 6-18, 20-30
Assembly Roxy
‘The bad guys keep winning. Cheryl and Tess didn’t expect life to be like this. They dream of simpler times when their Dads were in charge and politicians were like rockstars. Deciding to make a tribute act, they attempt to resurrect their forgotten heroes. But when faced with videos of their fathers, their music doesn’t match up. Tribute Acts is a darkly comic, strikingly honest show that asks whether our remembered pasts are, in fact, a fiction.’
    
Easy for You to Say
AUG 23-30
ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
‘Rowan is a poet with a specific learning difficulty, but is often disabled by other people’s perceptions. After two years of development, Easy For You To Say is now a full spoken-word theatre show with the music of beat boxing to bring its content and lyricism to life. It is a show about labels, self identity, perception and about the aspirations and lack of understanding within society around learning difficulties and disabilities.’      

The Assembly of Animals
AUG 23-30
Summerhall venue
‘Combining puppetry, magic and scientific-demonstration, THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS gives a glimpse into the inner workings of a laboratory looking for life in everyday objects. As a performed sculpture, a series of delicately composed experiments reveal a proliferating system of surprises and animals within animals.’      
    
Idiot- Syncrasy
AUG 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28
Summerhall Venue
‘London’s boldest dance theatre brings hit shows to the Fringe. We started out wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots. Then we danced a lot. We jumped. We called on the folk traditions of Sardinia and the Basque Country. We sang. We jumped some more. We committed. Now we promise to stick together. We promise to persevere. We promise to do our best.’

Sheila Ghelani – Rambles with Nature
Forest Fringe
Sheila Ghelani with straybird (Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds) present an installation of four film works based on the humble English hedgerow. In August 2013 straybird were invited by interdisciplinary artist Sheila Ghelani to collaborate on her Rambles with Nature project. Using the hedgerow as a starting point they undertook a ‘ramble’ together in Cambridge which resulted in a series of short cine-poems.

THIS IS HOW WE DIE - Christopher Brett Bailey
AUG 27 & 28
A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence. From the desk of Christopher Brett Bailey comes a spiraling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose.

WRECKING BALL - Action Hero
AUG 25
A male photographer is taking a photograph of a female celebrity. She wants to be reinvented. She wants to be FOR REAL. Wrecking Ball is a conversation between two performers and an audience about consent, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. Action Hero ask how far we’ll go, how much we think we’re in control and what it really means to say ‘yes’.

MY SON & HEIR - Search Party
AUG 24 & 25
My Son & Heir is an anarchic celebration of the everyday heroism of parenthood, set amongst a never-ending mess of plastic, flashing-beeping, bubble-blowing chaos. Search Party are parents, they have a son born in the same year as ‘Baby Cambridge’, and that’s where the similarities end. My Son & Heir confronts the spectacle of the ‘New Royals’ and their strategic attempts to appear just like us. In a playful examination of the relentlessness of raising children, and the guilt-ridden one-upmanship of mainstream baby culture, Search Party consider what sort of man their son and heir will become.

Hunt & Darton and Scottee like each other a lot these days, in fact they like each other so much they’re collaborating. Arty.
The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh EH6 5NP
19th – 22th & 24th – 26th August | 12noon – 4pm (Hunt & Darton Cafe) | 7pm – 11pm  (Scottee’s Social)

 

WANTED!

Mon 20 Apr

Calling all double-act poets/rappers/MCs/comedians/spoken word artists!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to share the stage with a national headline act in J3, Cambridge Junction on Friday 29th May. Poetry is so often a solo endeavour, but Double will celebrate the art of collaboration.

Featuring headline performers Loyle Carner and Rebel Kleff, who are storming the spoken word/hip hop scenes after supporting Kate Tempest on her latest national tour. Expect a fluid fusion of gritty hip-hop, poetry, and everything synonymous with spoken word.

We have six 10 minute slots up for grabs for poets aspiring to try something different to the same monthly open mics. There is only one rule – there must be at least two bodies on stage at all times during your performance. You can play with this idea as much as you like – being cheeky/daring will get you extra brownie points. If you are a solo poet, don’t think you’re automatically disqualified. Talk to that poet you really like at your local open mic and see if they want to work with you, blend your poetry with your boyfriend’s guitar playing, convince your colleague to do some spoken word karaoke, or send us an email anyway and we’ll play poet matchmaking with all solo entrants. It doesn’t have to be your own work, but you can’t be on your own. In Double, the word cannot exist without a conversation.

All artists will also receive free entry to the gig. To apply – email a brief description of your proposed set to Charley here.

Closing date 12th May.