Menagerie Theatre Company presents its annual festival of new writing for the stage, teaming up once again with Cambridge Junction from Thursday 09 – Sunday 12 July. This year, Hotbed celebrates youth alongside experience in an eclectic and daring collection of new writing.
Highlights include Pictures of You by Craig Baxter on the ‘mental imagery’, emotion and study and treatment of bipolar disorder. The show is part of Menagerie’s What’s Up Doc? series of plays, where writers collaborate with ‘Docs’ (Craig has teamed up with Dr Martina Di Simplicio of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge. Other What’s Up Doc? pieces include: Fifteen by Sarah Davies with Professor Phillip Davies and How to Cheat…And Be a Winner by Grace Knight with Dr Luke Tweedy – Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Beatson Institute.
There is new work from performance poet, Luke Wright, who makes his theatre debut with his one man show: What I Leaned from Johnny Bevan. En route to Edinburgh, Dugout Theatre bring their new comedy The Sunset Five – a play about a local pub quiz team who stage a Las Vegas style casino heist. There are also new pieces from Francesca Beard (A Lie) Thomas Martin (Professional Supervision), Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish (Offside).
International work this year is from Slovakia and is a physical and textual feast called Fasbuk (performed in Slovakian with English surtitles) by Na Perone.
‘Made in Cambridge’ productions include five new one act plays from local writers under 25 years, as well as Connie and the Suffragettes by Ros Connelly, which explores Lady Constance Lytton’s unique role in the Suffragette Movement. Kay Blayney’s Voices of the Past is an exciting collection of monologues from an array of forgotten local characters.
Once again, Hotbed will feature an ensemble of outstanding directors and actors, readings, works in progress, scratch- performances, talks, workshops, foyer events and playwriting competitions.
Menagerie Theatre Company is an independent new writing theatre company in the East of England. Based in Cambridge, they have been creating theatre for over sixteen years and have a regional, national and international reputation for the development of first class new writing for the stage.