The programme for February and March has a mixture of music, comedy and theatre, family and children's shows and art. Dotted throughout are Sample evenings where excerpts from various works-in-progress are staged as well as a full-scale Sampler Night (previously known as Jam), which this season is on 27 March.
Judging from the programme at the official launch, compered by Brine and Bryony Kimmings, these will present a foretaste of productions due to do the rounds of this year's fringe theatre festivals. They included Hunt and Darton, H2Dance and Tattenbaum Deluca's Tatty-Del Are Making It Work. The Sampler Festival itself is on 4 and 5 May while summer will see the annual HotBed new writing festival organised by Menagerie.
Brine's opening address
emphasised that the various programme strands are to be regarded as
equal, occasions where art meets life. The creative learning section
includes apprenticeships, BTec qualifications and an interesting
association with the University of Cambridge, aptly titled Junction
University. This offers monthly free Saturday sessions across various
art forms. A new seasonal publication adjunct