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Hotbed Festival Double Bill - Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MENAGERIE Theatre Company in association with Theatre503 will present highlights from this year’s Hotbed Cambridge Festival of New Writing with a season entitled Hotbed Festival Double Bill.

Headlining will be Steve Waters’ new one-act play Why Can’t We Live Together?, which explores the lives of an ordinary couple sketched against the backdrop of the extraordinary world events from 2000 – 2013.

Steve Waters’ plays include World Music (Sheffield/Donmar 2003/4), The Contingency Plan (The Bush 2009), Little Platoons (The Bush 2011) and Ignorance/Jahiliyyah (Hampstead 2012). He is also the author of The Secret Life of Plays (2010) and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA.

Why Can’t We Live Together? will run at Theatre503, above the Latchmere pub in Battersea, from October 15 to November 9, 2013.

Presented alongside Why Can’t We Live Together? will be two short plays written in collaboration with ‘thought leaders’ and presented as a double-bill. They are:

Somniloquy by Craig Baxter. Written in collaboration with Professor Richard Horner from the University of Toronto, Somniloquy is an investigation into sleep and its disorders. In 2010, Baxter won the USA Stage Award for the new play about science and technology for his play The Altruists.

How to Begin, by Hisham Matar, in collaboration with Dr Devorah Baum from the University of Southampton. How to Begin is an exploration of how memory and circumstance never allow us to start any story with a clean slate.

Matar’s debut 2006 novel In the Country of Men was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and in 2011, he released his second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearence.

All three Hotbed plays will star Jasmine Hyde and Mark Oosterveen and are directed by Paul Bourne and Patrick Morris, with design by Nicky Bunch.

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, pay what you can on Sundays. To book, call the box office on 020 7978 7040 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.

Land of our Fathers continues at Theatre503 until October 12, 2013.