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Tue 23 Jun

Welcome to Hotbed 2015

This year, Hotbed (The Cambridge New Writing Theatre Festival) celebrates Youth alongside Experience in an eclectic and daring collection of new writing for the stage.

With international work (in Slovakian!), to top quality professional commissions, our “made in Cambridge’ series, Young Writers plays and a variety of workshops, this year’s Hotbed does truly have something for everyone…

Hotbed is produced by Menagerie in Association with The Cambridge Junction, and SOHO theatre and supported by Arts Council England, Cambridge City Council and TTP.

Special Ticket offers for 2015
Buy any two events on a single day in a single transaction and receive a 10% discount on your total spend.
Buy any three or more events for a single day in a single transaction and receive a 15% discount on your total spend.

Download the full Hotbed programme/schedule here



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.

The Staycations - winners of FIVERFEST!

Tue 24 Mar

Congratulations to The Staycations for winning the grand final of FIVERFEST on Friday.

The Staycations have been playing at Cambridge Junction FIVER events for a few years now and it has been great to see them shape into such a fantastic band. The band have had quite a successful time of late, playing at Cambridge Folk Festival, getting BBC Radio 1 air play and still managing to find time to record their second EP!

''EP LAUNCH NEWS: We're releasing our second EP 'Something Good Tomorrow' at The Portland Arms on Monday, 6th April (Easter Monday) The EP features the lead single 'Bad Weather' alongside 'Boats', 'Brainstorm', 'Going Out' & 'Slow Down''

Congratulations also go to the other bands that made the final. There's a huge amount of local talent and it's great to see them perform under our roof!

The next FIVER event is Friday 24th April and features: Bury the Light, Kermode Spirit, The Black Cortinas, Glue, The Avenues and Priority. Get your tickets here.


photo credit Jordan Harris


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.