Present : Tense @ Hotbed


9 July 2008 The Junction, Cambridge


Present : Tense / Hotbed challenges some of the Eastern Region's finest artistic talent to to respond to the most important news story of the moment in just seven days.

Taking up the gauntlet are: STACEY GREGG, GUY JONES (playwrights), OLIVER JONES (director), MAHLON PRINCE (director and performance poet), MELODY LAFFY (musician), JOHN OSBORNE, LUKE WRIGHT (performance poets).

Stop Press: The artists assembled on Wednesday 2 July and after much discussion and debate, the artists voted for a story from Tuesday's Daily Telegraph: Jean Charles de Menezes inquest: 44 police officers granted anonymity They now have one week to each create a response, before their work is performed live for you the public at The Junction on Wednesday 9 July.

The line-up:

Incident Five by Guy Jones Directed by Oliver Jones Starring Delroy Brown and Helen Cartwright

Bad Day At The Office a poem by John Osbourne

[presentense] music by Melody Laffy

Hood up / Hood Down a poem by Mahlon Prince

Barter by Stacey Gregg Directed by Mahlon Prince Starring Juliett Burton, Chris Gilling and Sydney Smith

Biogs: Stacey Gregg (Playwright) Stacey's first play was short listed for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival '06. She has since been commissioned by Tinderbox Belfast, Rough Magic Dublin, The Abbey Dublin, the Bush and the Goethe-Institut. She is writer on attachment with RADA.

Oliver Jones (Director) Oliver is currently Head of Taking Part at Trestle and was previously Youth Theatre Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. He is also an associate director of the National Youth Theatre. His work as a director, writer, and previously an actor, includes Theatre Royal Stratford East, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Chichester Festival, and BBC Radio.

Guy Jones (Playwright) Guy’s first full-length play, Marlon Brando's Corset, (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Ed Curtis Associates) completed a successful national tour and London run in 2006. He is currently adapting the piece for film for United British Artists. Guy has also co-written the musical Never Forget, which has toured nationally and begins a West End run in May 2008. Guy’s new one-act play, Freshly Ground, was performed at The Miller, London in January 2008 (Burning Houses Productions). Guy’s short plays include: Scare Tactics (Nabokov, Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 2005); Violent B (Burning Houses Productions, Jerwood Space, London, 2006), ISM (Nabokov, Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 2007).

Melody Laffy (Musician) Melody independently released her first collaborative album Keep It Simple with DJ / Producer – Morestyles in 2007. An organic combination of acoustic soul, jazz and hip hop - improvisation is very much at the heart of her music. Melody has been developing her singing professionally for the past six years, defining her skills through live performance and experience with some of the UK’s most dedicated musicians. As well as playing live around London, the UK and Europe, Melody is working creatively on her second studio album.

John Osborne (Poet) John graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004. He has taught English in Germany and Austria, and performed poetry at the Latitude and Edinburgh festivals. He is currently completing his first book, to be published by Simon and Schuster in February 2009.

Mahlon Prince (Poet and Director) Mahlon is the Artistic Director of The Daydreamer Company. Their inaugural production has been performed at the Trestle Arts Base, Hampstead Theatre and the National Theatre. He trained as a writer on the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme and is currently undertaking an MA at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Luke Wright (Poet) Luke Wright is the true alternative poet laureate. The leading light of a new wave of stand-up poet taking the noble art by the scruff of the neck and delighting audiences at comedy clubs, indie gigs and literary festivals. A 2007 4Talent Award winner, Luke is the founder of Aisle16, a regular on TV and Radio and the host of Glastonbury’s Cabaret stage. He is the creative force behind the Poetry Arena at The Latitude Festival. His two solo shows Poet Laureate and Poet & Man received five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe before major UK tours.


The Junction, Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7GX Wednesday 9 July 2008 // 7:00pm