Hotbed Festival

Hotbed Festival

  • Tue 23 - Sat 27 July
  • £10 / £8 concessions. Buy tickets for for 2 events on the same night: £15 / £12 concessions
A festival of new writing produced by Menagerie Theatre Company

Hotbed is a festival of new writing produced by Menagerie Theatre Company. This year a snapshot of the festival will take place at Soho Theatre with 3 new One Act Plays and 6 monologues which have been commissioned as part of the ‘What’s Up Doc?’ series of plays.

What’s up Doc

The ‘What’s up Doc?’ project is a series of plays written and created in response to a question or challenge established by a ‘Doc’ in conversation or correspondence with a writer. The ‘Docs’ are people who sit as Thought Leaders in their field (e.g. academic, scientific, political).

Somniloquy is an investigation into sleep and its disorders. Craig Baxter is an award-winning writer, and his collaborator, Richard Horner, is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Toronto.

How To Begin is a collaboration between Hisham Matar, whose first novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Devorah Baum, who is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Southampton.

The Art of Dying explores extreme old age and the death of death with a collaboration between Esther Shanson (Arcola, Trafalgar Studios) and Guy C. Brown – a Professor of Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.

What Did It Feel Like To Go To The Moon? is a collaboration between poet, Lucy Sheerman, and Al Worden – an American astronaut who was the command pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971.

Return of the Vanishing Peasant is a collaboration between Ros Martin, who was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award in 2002 and 20011, with a Special Commendation Award in 2010 and Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva who holds the Chair in Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Agent Everywhere investigates the tricks of the drug trade and is a collaboration between Hester Chillingworth (Artistic Director of GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN) and Dr Adrian Fegan, who is a consultant to the pharmaceutical Industry.

One Act Plays

Why Can’t We Live Together? by Steve Waters (Donmar Warehouse, BBC, Channel 4) is a kaleidoscopic vision of our times through the lives of one man and one woman.

bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman presents us with Leopold Bloom – a charming, vain cuckold, wrenched form Joyce’s Ulysses to follow his Jewish family line through the dark heart of European history and out the other side.

Swimming by Jane Upton explores connection, disconnection, the pressure of making your mark and what it is like to be trapped by your hometown. Jane’s first play Bones won critical acclaim at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.

Swimming is a co-production between Menagerie and Colchester Mercury.

TICKETS
10 / £8 concessions
Buy tickets for for 2 events on the same night: £15 / £12 concessions

Tues 23 Jul

7pm – Why Can’t We Live Together? by Steve Waters (50 mins) – BOOK HERE

8.30pm – Somniloquy by Craig Baxter & How To Begin by Hisham Matar (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

Wed 24 Jul

7pm – bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman (50 mins) – BOOK HERE

8.30pm – The Art of Dying by Esther Shanson & What Did It Feel Like To Go To The Moon? by Lucy Sheerman (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

Thu 25 Jul

7pm – Swimming by Jane Upton (50 mins) – BOOK HERE

8.30pm – Return of the Vanishing Peasant by Ros Martin & Agent Everywhere by Hester Chillingworth (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

Fri 26 Jul

7pm – Somniloquy by Craig Baxter & How To Begin by Hisham Matar (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

8pm – The Art of Dying by Esther Shanson & What Did It Feel Like To Go To The Moon? by Lucy Sheerman (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

9pm – Return of the Vanishing Peasant by Ros Martin & Agent Everywhere by Hester Chillingworth (40 mins) – BOOK HERE

Sat 27 Jul

3pm – Swimming by Jane Upton (50 mins) – BOOK HERE

7pm – Why Can’t We Live Together? by Steve Waters (50 mins) – BOOK HERE

8.30pm (50 mins) – bloominauschwitz by Richard Fredman – BOOK HERE

For ages 14+