The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes at The Junction, Cambridge this week

Hello everyone.

Where are you right now? I always find it a bit strange that so many people in so many different places could be reading these words all at the same time. It’s a nice strange, though. I mean, we’re all together, even though we’re in totally different places. Isn’t that brilliant?

Can we all just pause for a moment, and have a look around? Just take a moment to appreciate where you are…have a look at the sky. Can you see the sky? You might not be able to, but don’t worry, I’m sure it’s still there. Have a look around anyway. Maybe you’ll spot someone else who’s reading this and having a look around as well. Don’t forget to say hello.

While I’m on the subject of places and where you are, have you ever been to Plymouth? You should try to go there, it’s a beautiful place. Especially when the sun comes out and opens everything up. When I was there last week I took this photograph: Isn’t that beautiful?

This blog is really supposed to be about me telling you about what I’m up to at The Junction this week. So that first bit wasn’t really important at all. It has nothing to do with the shows whatsoever, really.

I wonder if we’ve met? If you’ve already seen one of the shows I’m performing at The Junction then you’ll already know that I am officially an emerging artist from Wales. I’ve been making theatre shows here in Cambridge for five years now. Maybe we’ve met at one of those.

This week is a very special one for me, because this is the week when I get to share all of my work with my adopted city. During this week, I’m going to be performing all of my theatre shows at The Junction in a special residency project called The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes.

The shows are all stories from my life in Wales. One (Floating) is about the day when the Isle of Anglesey floated away from the mainland. It happened at the exact same time I was about to leave the island, but I don’t think it was my fault. The second (Story of a Rabbit) is about losing my neighbour’s rabbit and losing my father. I didn’t lose them at the shops or anything, I mean that they died. That makes it sound like a sad play, but it really isn’t. I hope that it’s uplifting, really. It’s about dealing with loss and about how my father was the most fantastic acrobat. That bit needs to be seen to be believed, trust me! My third theatre show (360) is all about changing your perspective. My best friend, Gareth, and I climb Snowdon in it. I should warn you, Gareth is a bit of a practical joker…

But there’s something else I’m looking forward to this week as well. On Friday, I’ll be opening up my rehearsal room to let you all in. If you come to see Stories from an Invisible Town, I honestly don’t know exactly what will happen. I’ll be exploring some stories from my childhood, ready for my next new theatre show, Invisible Town, but I need you there to make it happen!

So basically what I think I need to say here is that I’ll be performing my three theatre shows this week, and opening up my rehearsal room too. Floating is on Tuesday (8pm) and Saturday (3pm), Story of a Rabbit is on Saturday (6pm) and 360 is on Wednesday (8pm) and Saturday (8.30pm). My rehearsal room opens up on Friday at 8pm in Stories from an Invisible Town, and my documentary film will be shown at the Arts Picturehouse on Sunday at 5.30pm. Phew!

Have a lovely week, and I hope we get a chance to speak face-to-face at one of the shows!

Projects: 360, Floating, Stories from an Invisible Town, Story of a Rabbit, Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes.

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One Response to The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes at The Junction, Cambridge this week

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Hugh

    Well, right now I’m sitting at the computer on a sunny bank holiday weekend, looking down the garden, just before I sort some brunch out – homemade bread with some eggs from the neighbours over the road I think. Alas, no tea though.


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