Starting as we mean to go on

Fri 7 Jan

2022 Events


It is difficult to get the tone right at the start of any communication with anyone right now. So I’ll just say, I hope you and yours are doing OK, or that you are on the mend. I hope you had some time with family and friends over the last few weeks. I hope that 2022 brings better times and brighter days. Imagine that I’m raising a glass to you all. (of something suitably soft for Dry January obviously!)

We have some brilliant gigs and shows over the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to some bass and soul from Jah Wobble, Roy Ayers and Sub Focus, some quality laughs from Stephen K Amos, Lucy Porter and Ahir Shah, and our Arts programme in February is stunning – don’t miss It Don’t Worry Me and The Dan Daw Show. Really. +1 recommend.

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that we are recruiting for a new member of our Creative Learning team. This role is to coordinate a brilliant new project – called Take Two – which will further develop our amazing Creative Learning programme and our work with young people with complex needs.

To share some very good news in these uncertain times, we’re delighted to announce that Paul Hamlyn Foundation has awarded Cambridge Junction a grant of £171,000 to fund this project over the next three years. This funding is incredibly important in supporting our creative learning work in hospital schools, out of school education provision and the Autism Cabins in Cambridgeshire schools.

Working in partnership we will be developing year-round programmes of activities and opportunities for the young people at the Olive AP Academy, Pilgrim Pathway Schools, the network of Autism Cabins and Red Balloon Learners Centres over the next three years. Take Two will also be supported by the Limbourne Trust, the Red Hill Trust and we are currently fundraising for the last portion of the income we need to realise our ambitions.

Take Two starts next week with a three-week project with HighRise Theatre and students from Olive AP Academy. To get a flavour of the amazing work we’re doing, please do watch this film of work we did last year – also with HighRise and Olive AP Academy and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation – that really captures the creative and positive value and impact of our work with young people. Read more about our work with Olive AP Academy HERE 


Olive AP Academy & HighRise Theatre • Cambridge: Underground – More Than Just a Uni (2021)

To do everything we can to ensure all our safety and wellbeing, we will continue to ask everyone coming to Cambridge Junction to bring evidence of double and/or boosted vaccination or a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of coming to shows. It is crucial that you wear a face covering throughout any performance, except when eating or drinking, or unless you are exempt. All our staff will wear masks, and also test regularly. Obviously please don’t come to shows if you have symptoms or test positive.

We will weather this. And by sharing culture and entertainment together we'll get to the other side with heart, soul, passion and humour burning bright.

All best

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction



For the safety of artists, audiences, and staff we are introducing some extra requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. For details on COVID-19 entry requirements please CLICK HERE 

Culture Recovery Fund

Fri 19 Nov


We are happy to announce that we will receive £115,631 of funding through the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Cambridge Junction is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund. 

The £115,631 award will enable us to continue to deliver our renowned programme, sharing fantastic gigs and shows with audiences, delivering creative projects with communities, supporting young people’s creativity and allowing artists to make exciting new work.

“We are very grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for further supporting our ongoing recovery. After all that we have been through over the last two years, we’re loving welcoming audiences back to Cambridge Junction and are excited for brilliant gigs and shows over the coming months, particularly our fabulous Christmas show, The Snow Queen, which New International Encounter are currently rehearsing in the building and that opens at the beginning of December.

Bringing people together to share joyful and inspiring experiences is so vital to all of us. This funding will help us to further support the creativity and wellbeing of artists and freelancers, young people and communities across Cambridge and Cambridgeshire and allow us to make some big plans for the future.”

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction 

Photos: Claire Haigh Photography & Richard Youell

A Message for COP26

Thu 11 Nov

Total Arts call on world leaders demanding change on the climate crisis!


Total Arts is Cambridge Junction’s fortnightly participation group for disabled young people aged 13-25. It offers opportunities to participate in exciting arts activities with professional artists. Through participating you can also gain an Arts Award; a unique and nationally recognised qualification to develop creativity and confidence.

The Bakery of Slow Ideas

Fri 17 Sep

Come Bake With Us!

Cambirdge Junction have teamed up with artists Unfinished Business to run big baking days in Cambridge.

Join for a FREE day-long session in your local community where you’ll learn how to bake traditionally fermented bread, meet people from your neighbourhood and chat about...well, lots of things.

It will be creative, sociable and fun and you’ll go home with your very own loaf of bread. All ingredients and lunch will be provided.

To register your interest please fill in the below google form for your area or OR call/text Anna on 07854 423991



Bakery of Slow Ideas FAQs


What will we do at the bakery?

Everyone will learn how to bake their own loaf of sourdough bread and there’ll be time to have a chat and get to know other people from our neighbourhood. 


What are we going to be chatting about? 

We’ll be talking about how life’s been over the past 18 months. We’ll be thinking about what we’re grateful for, what we think could change and the things we’d like to see happen where we live.


What if I don’t know anyone going?

That’s not a problem at all! Most people going won’t know many people, everyone will be friendly and we’ll have fun together. But if you’d like to bring any friends or family with you, just let us know when you sign up. 


Can I come and go throughout the day?

It’s important to be there at the start and you’ll get the most out of the experience if you’re there all day, but if you have to leave early for other commitments we understand and would still love to have you there.


Do I have to be a good cook?

Absolutely not! We will teach you all you need to know and you don’t need to have any cooking experience. 


Will it be fun?

Yes definitely! It’s all about being together, breaking bread, chatting and having a laugh. 


Do I get to keep my loaf of bread?

Everyone that comes will make their own loaf to take home with them, and we’ll also have one to share together at the end of the day. 


Will I get lunch?

A very tasty lunch will be provided and you’ll get to eat the bread too of course. 


Is it accessible?

All of the bakeries are being held in fully wheelchair accessible places. If you have any access needs and would like to take part please let us know on the google form and we will accommodate. 


Can I bring my children? 

If you would like to bring children please let us know in the google form - we will try to make some of the events children friendly and we can let you know if we can accommodate children on a case by case basis. 


TBOSI was developed by Leo Kay in 2017/18 as a.pass artists research institute. Since 2018 TBOSI bakeries have taken place across Europe and the UK, including Theatre ann Zee Festival (Belgium), Ponderosa Arts Centre (Germany); Exfadda cultural hub (Italy) and across Derby for Derby Rises (UK).

Palaver Artists Announced!

Mon 23 Aug


Meet the queer artists who Fatt Projects have commissioned to develop new work for PALAVER!, our pioneering development project supporting queer artists to make work for children and young audiences.

Each artist has an incredible track record of working across live-art, cabaret, drag, and solo performance and has been specially chosen for the potential they have to create innovative and new directions in theatre for young audiences.

Each artist will be making work for children and family audiences for the first time. The PALAVER ARTISTS are:

Emma Frankland is a live performance and theatre artist. Her work often focusses on honesty, action and a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic. Recently her work has been focussed on the None of Us is Yet a Robot project, a series of performance pieces recently published by Oberon Books as “None of Us is Yet a Robot – Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition”.

“I am excited to make a performance for young people and their families, as a trans woman and a parent I rarely have opportunities for these two important parts of my identity to overlap.”


Harry Clayton-Wright is a performance artist, writer and radical creator from Blackpool whose work spans theatre, installation, zine and film. Harry’s debut solo theatre show Sex Education premiered in 2017 winning the LGBTQ award at Brighton Fringe Festival and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award (Emerging Artist/Company) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.

“I’m so excited to start work on this project, as a queer performance artist from Blackpool who started their career delivering family entertainment at Butlins in Skegness and also for attractions up and down Blackpool Promenade, I love this artform and can’t wait to make work that entertains and delights.”


KATY BAIRD (she/her)
Katy Baird is an artist, curator and producer of Live Art based in Folkestone, Kent. She has performed at Live Art festivals and venues as well as squat parties, clubs and raves. Her recent solo studio-based performance Workshy, a show about work and the things we do for money, has toured internationally to over 30 cities.

VIJAY PATEL (he/him)
Vijay Patel is a live/performance artist based in South London, whose work crosses forms into cabaret and installations.

“I’m really excited about being able to work on Palaver. I think this opens up an interesting avenue in my practice which focuses on making work by intersectional, marginalised people for young audiences. Having the opportunity to collaborate further with my younger brother on this project is also very exciting.”


YSHEE BLACK (she/her in drag)
Yshee Black (pronounced why-she) is one of the UK’s most prominent drag queens, hosts and performance artists. A shining star of the West Midlands, she is the host and creator of the Birmingham based lip-sync competition ‘The Church of Yshee’, recommended by the Guardian as one of the UK’s best drag nights.

‘I believe that children are the future, so I’m excited to re-connect to the art that inspired me as a child, teach the children well and let them LEAD THE WAY!’


Fatt Projects (FP) is the recently formed company of award-winning midlands based producer and cultural activist. Fatt Projects develop socially engaged projects using performance to explore queerness, community, and making change, often in public spaces/contexts where queer identity is underrepresented.

Our work has been commissioned by Without Walls, Appetite Stoke, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Home Live Art, Marlborough Productions, & GDIF. Recent projects have focused on developing pioneering queer positive performance work for childrens' & outdoor arts audiences including FANTABULOSA (the world’s first drag show for kids), & Disco Tea Party (a public space interactive community building cabaret gameshow), and ANYWHERE IS A DANCEFLOOR (an original dance-film celebrating birmingham’s queer communities).

Future projects include MOBILISE, a large-scale queer participatory protest performance for the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme, and in Autumn 2021 Fatt Projects will deliver PALAVER, the world's first development programme dedicated to supporting the creation of queer positive performance for children and young audiences.

Adam performs in drag as Fatt Butcher and is the creator and host of Fatt Butcher’s Disco Bingo, currently resident at the Nightingale Club, Birmingham. They perform regularly as a host, vocalist and cabaret artist on the UK Festivals circuit. They are 2020 Jerwood Creative Bursary recipient, and are currently developing their composition and music production practice through an Arts Council DYCP Grant.

Previously Adam was the director of Birmingham’s SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts & Culture, transforming the festival into the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ arts festival, and securing Arts Council NPO status in 2018.


The Palaver Kids Parties are taking place on Sun 12 Sep, Sun 03 Oct and Sun 17 Oct. For more information on who is performing on what dates and to book your tickets click HERE. Bringing our PALAVER season to its glittering conclusion is PALAVER FAMILY FESTIVAL (Thu 28 Oct), a day-long celebration of inclusive family performance work.