Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Cambridge Junction picks!

Wed 19 Aug

Cambridge Junction calls for audiences to watch the shows they missed first time round but to also watch the shows they loved, all over again!

Did you miss a show at Cambridge Junction and worry that you would never get the chance to see it again? Many of the artists and performers that we have supported over the years, will be at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Take this as your chance to see the ones you missed with performances ranging from theatre and poetry to circus acts and contemporary dance.  You could also use this opportunity to see the shows you loved for a second time round!

AUG 5-16, 18-23, 25-30
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)
‘A surreal, immersive experience taking place in total darkness. Fiction explores the areas where sleep and wakefulness meet. The audience don headphones for an anxiously intimate, disorientating journey through the sprawling architecture of dreams as the hyper-realistic binaural 3D sound puts you in the centre of the show.’

Tribute Acts
AUG 6-18, 20-30
Assembly Roxy
‘The bad guys keep winning. Cheryl and Tess didn’t expect life to be like this. They dream of simpler times when their Dads were in charge and politicians were like rockstars. Deciding to make a tribute act, they attempt to resurrect their forgotten heroes. But when faced with videos of their fathers, their music doesn’t match up. Tribute Acts is a darkly comic, strikingly honest show that asks whether our remembered pasts are, in fact, a fiction.’
Easy for You to Say
AUG 23-30
ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
‘Rowan is a poet with a specific learning difficulty, but is often disabled by other people’s perceptions. After two years of development, Easy For You To Say is now a full spoken-word theatre show with the music of beat boxing to bring its content and lyricism to life. It is a show about labels, self identity, perception and about the aspirations and lack of understanding within society around learning difficulties and disabilities.’      

The Assembly of Animals
AUG 23-30
Summerhall venue
‘Combining puppetry, magic and scientific-demonstration, THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS gives a glimpse into the inner workings of a laboratory looking for life in everyday objects. As a performed sculpture, a series of delicately composed experiments reveal a proliferating system of surprises and animals within animals.’      
Idiot- Syncrasy
AUG 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28
Summerhall Venue
‘London’s boldest dance theatre brings hit shows to the Fringe. We started out wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots. Then we danced a lot. We jumped. We called on the folk traditions of Sardinia and the Basque Country. We sang. We jumped some more. We committed. Now we promise to stick together. We promise to persevere. We promise to do our best.’

Sheila Ghelani – Rambles with Nature
Forest Fringe
Sheila Ghelani with straybird (Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds) present an installation of four film works based on the humble English hedgerow. In August 2013 straybird were invited by interdisciplinary artist Sheila Ghelani to collaborate on her Rambles with Nature project. Using the hedgerow as a starting point they undertook a ‘ramble’ together in Cambridge which resulted in a series of short cine-poems.

THIS IS HOW WE DIE - Christopher Brett Bailey
AUG 27 & 28
A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence. From the desk of Christopher Brett Bailey comes a spiraling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose.

AUG 25
A male photographer is taking a photograph of a female celebrity. She wants to be reinvented. She wants to be FOR REAL. Wrecking Ball is a conversation between two performers and an audience about consent, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. Action Hero ask how far we’ll go, how much we think we’re in control and what it really means to say ‘yes’.

MY SON & HEIR - Search Party
AUG 24 & 25
My Son & Heir is an anarchic celebration of the everyday heroism of parenthood, set amongst a never-ending mess of plastic, flashing-beeping, bubble-blowing chaos. Search Party are parents, they have a son born in the same year as ‘Baby Cambridge’, and that’s where the similarities end. My Son & Heir confronts the spectacle of the ‘New Royals’ and their strategic attempts to appear just like us. In a playful examination of the relentlessness of raising children, and the guilt-ridden one-upmanship of mainstream baby culture, Search Party consider what sort of man their son and heir will become.

Hunt & Darton and Scottee like each other a lot these days, in fact they like each other so much they’re collaborating. Arty.
The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh EH6 5NP
19th – 22th & 24th – 26th August | 12noon – 4pm (Hunt & Darton Cafe) | 7pm – 11pm  (Scottee’s Social)



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.