Hotbed Theatre Festival


Now in its 18th year, Hotbed Festival of new writing and new work, once again sees an amazing variety of writers from across the UK featured alongside major career writers, including Cambridge residents Fraser Grace and Steve Waters. Steve is seen as one of the best stage writers in the UK today following work at The Bush, Donmar Warehouse and now under commission for Channel Four Films and at The Royal National Theatre.  He presents his new piece 48/52: his vision of Britain the day after Brexit.

Fraser Grace’s (RSC) major new piece is Bliss: commissioned and presented as a world premiere production in association with The Voronezh International Festival, Russia.

Adapted from the short love story The River Potudan by Andrey Platonov, Bliss is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss and longing. Following its premiere in Russia, it is presented at Hotbed before returning to Moscow in 2020.

Rising stars

Alongside the ‘big-hitters’ are regional and national rising stars in new writing and new work. Lucy Crowe presents two new pieces combining her love of B-boying and spoken word with Only When its feathers are Grown and Fenland’s Finest. Vanessa Ackerman (Love, No Country), Rachel Osborne (Peregrine’s Progress) and Alona Bach (Epyllion) present three extraordinary new plays exploring the fragile human condition.

Guest work

Direct form Prague is the hit show Two Comrades which continues the Russian theme with a brilliantly funny one-man take on The Russian Revolution. Another one-man show is the new ‘cabaret play’ The Land of my Fathers my Mothers and some other people written and performed by Rhys Slade-Jones. The major guest piece this year is BOULDER a storytelling piece with live music and puppetry, presented prior to its premiere at The Edinburgh Fringe.

Hotbed adds into the mix playwriting workshops with Fraser Grace and James McDermott, alongside new physical theatre pieces from Acting Now (Polyphonic II) and Vison Theatre (Voice-Over), as well as music and new writing combined with One Way Chorus: a new piece about travelling to the moon from Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee.

Hotbed has been produced by Menagerie Theatre Company in association with Cambridge Junction since 2002.

Hotbed Theatre Festival runs 19th – 21st July at Cambridge Junction, tickets and further information can be found at

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