Hotbed Theatre Festival is an annual festival featuring new writing and new works from different people and companies from around the country, and around the world. It is supported by Cambridge Junction and is a unique opportunity to see world premieres, hear new plays, share in idea development and participate in countless workshops. This year’s programme includes Fly No Filter’s Only When Its Feathers are Grown and Fenland’s Finest.
I’m Nelle, a year 10 student fortunate enough to be doing work experience with SIN Cru. I will be assisting with the running and rehearsals of both Fly No Filter pieces for Hotbed. I am personally thrilled to be involved with such incredible talents and excited to see the finished performances. Working behind the scenes on this project is a new experience for me – I can’t wait to develop my skills and learn from the Fly No Filter team.
Only When Its Feathers are Grown is a fascinating, abstract performance installation, showing the complicated intricacies of a fragile relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter. In collaboration with psychologist Dr Michelle Nyangereka and photographer Mitzi de Margary, the company deliver an astounding original performance that will really make you think about the world around you and the people in it. The performance piece uses b-boyin, photography and spoken word to bring these complex stories to life in an enchanting and daring production.
SIN Cru also has a second viewing opportunity in the Hotbed Theatre Festival, titled Fenland’s Finest. This is a work-in-progress solo performance exploring identity, how to cope with change, and misunderstandings. It’s a dark yet comedic theatre piece about a man whose life was turned upside down by sickle cell disease. It is a hard hitting performance based on real life events, designed to resonate with, and impact the audience. I have seen this performance develop, watched it grow and improve. From the first read through, I loved the piece and I can’t wait to see it performed at Hotbed.
Hotbed Festival| Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July| Cambridge Junction (suitable for ages 14+)
Only When Its Feathers are Grown
Friday 19th July from 4.00pm – Exhibition only
Saturday 20th July 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm – Performance installation
£5, £4 cons
contains very strong language and adult references
Saturday 20th July 3.30pm – w-i-p sharing and Q&A
£4, £3 cons
More information for these events, and the rest of the Hotbed Theatre Festival (including age restrictions, booking information and a programme) can be found on Cambridge Junction website or The Hotbed Festival Website.
I hope you’ll come along to Hotbed Theatre Festival, enjoy the opportunities, watch Only When Its Feathers are Grown, Fenland’s Finest and a whole range of other performances- you’re missing out if you don’t.