Callout & Application Guidelines
Full-length Edinburgh previews & cabaret slots

Troopfest 25-27 July 2017
Troopfest is Cambridge Junction’s 3-day mini-festival of work made by members of our artist development scheme Troop. Each evening consists of three strands:

  • This is not a Drill - A short ensemble work performed by Troop members created with RashDash
  • Mini Manoeuvres - An interval cabaret of short open-mic slots  
  • Trooping North - A full-length Edinburgh Fringe preview

The idea behind Troopfest is to give Troop members who are taking shows to Edinburgh the chance to preview work at Cambridge Junction, and to give our audiences ‘a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe’ on their doorstep. It comes a week after the Cambridge Comedy Festival which presents Edinburgh comedy previews on Jesus Green. This year we plan to create a festive atmosphere at the Junction where audiences can hang out in our festival bar and listen to cabaret, comedy, music etc. in the interval.


What we are looking for

  • Trooping North - Full-length shows in any theatre genre (eg. theatre, spoken word, live art, dance, circus, etc). Shows must be going to Edinburgh in August.
  • Mini Manoeuves - Very short (up to 7 minutes) performance slots suitable for a small cabaret stage in the bar during the interval. They need to be funny, loud, musical or otherwise attention-grabbing to compete with the bustle of the bar!
  • This is not a Drill - A callout for participants for the workshop intensive led by Rash Dash will be made separately. If you are interested in taking part in this, hold the dates 17-21 July for the workshop (10am-6pm every day), and the three evenings 25-27 July for the performances.

Technical Info
Trooping North performances will be in our theatre space J2 or our studio theatre J3. You will have a day to get-in and tech. Mini Manoeuvres will take place in the bar, and have around 20 minutes tech time per slot.

Financial Info
Trooping North shows will receive an 80% share of box office takings once 20 seats have been sold to family & friends. (We will ask you to supply us with a list of names prior to receiving your settlement.) Mini Manoeuvres will receive £20 each towards expenses on presentation of a minimum of 2 names who have bought tickets.


How to Apply – Trooping North
(NB. You must be a Troop member to apply)

1.Your Proposal
Send us an email with the following information:

  • Your name & contact details (including website if you have one)
  • Name of your company (if applicable)
  • A short biography detailing your background, artistic ethos and achievements to date (150 words max)
  • The title of the work you’re proposing to show
  • Its genre (spoken word, play, dance etc)
  • A brief description of the work including the artistic aims & idea, style, number of performers (250 words max)
  • Details of your Edinburgh run (dates / time / venue)
  • You preferred Troopfest dates (1st / 2nd / 3rd choice). NB. Trooping North shows will be at 8pm.

2. Supporting Material
Please supply some supporting material that gives us a flavour of your work (if we don’t know it), eg. web links, videos, reviews, photos etc. from past & present productions.
We also need to have either seen the work you are proposing, or a substantial part of it, so we’ll need one of the following:

  • a full length video
  • dates for a rehearsal or performance we can come to before the deadline

3.Selection Criteria
We will make decisions based on balancing the programme across the three evenings, and the likely quality & sales potential of work.


How to Apply – Mini Manoeuvres
Send us an email with:

  • Your name & contact details (including website if you have one)
  • Name of your company (if applicable)
  • A short biography detailing your background, artistic ethos and achievements to date (50 words max)
  • The title (if applicable) & a short description of what you want to show (50 words max)
  • Its genre (spoken word piece, song, dance etc)
  • You preferred performance date (1st / 2nd / 3rd choice).


Questions & completed applications to: Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer.
Deadline for completed applications is10am on Thursday 13th April