Menagerie Theatre Company

Menagerie Theatre Company is the leading independent new writing theatre company in the East of England. Based in Cambridge, we have been creating theatre for over sixteen years and have a regional, national and international reputation for the development of first class new writing for the stage. We seek out and support talented writers in order to develop and produce innovative new theatre. As well as touring widely, we run workshops, writer development courses and produce the annual Hotbed Festival in Cambridge.

Productions Update

Our current commission, Bliss, by Fraser Grace, will now be presented at London’s Finborough Theatre from February 1-26th 2022.   For Cambridge audiences, we are presenting two previews at Cambridge Junction on January 27-28th.  Full details of how to book coming soon.  

Bliss follows the remnants of two families struggling to rebuild themselves and their futures after the ravages of the Russian Civil War and Revolution.  Adapted from a short story by Soviet writer, Andrey Platonov, Bliss finds comedy and tragedy walking side by side in this epic story of survival, loss and love. 

 

Trumpington Voices

A Public Art project featuring theatre!  A verbatim play drawn from ongoing interviews with residents old and new in the ever-changing Trumpington area of Cambridge.  

Visit the project website here.

Menagerie launches Supporters scheme

On November 15th 2021, we are launching our Menagerie Supporters scheme.  This is a way for you to become a more active supporter of our work to develop and produce new writing.  We are aiming to raise £6,000 in our first year of the scheme.  Click here to find out more and how to donate.

Welcome to Kay.  Farewell to Alison. 

We welcome Kay Blayney to our Board.  Kay is an educational leadership specialist who has a long assocation with Menagerie and we are delighted to finally have her serving on the Board.  We know that she will bring energy, enthusiasm and ideas as we set our course for 2022 and beyond.  

We also bid a fond and thankful ‘goodbye’ to Dr Alison Pearn who had served on the Board for over 10 years.  She gave so much time, thought and expertise, with particular support going to the setting up of The Ideas Stage.  We already miss her and wish her well.

 

Hotbed Festival 2021 – Our Review

We made a grand return to live theatre with the Hotbed Festival held over the weekend of July 16th – 18th.  It was a very moving experience for performers and audiences to be in each other’s company once more.  We had a full programme, ranging from our homegrown new writing, ‘Love, No Country’, ‘Fallible’ and ‘Phenomenon’ to guest productions, readings and even a show in the Menagerie van – Abi Zakarian’s ‘Covid Confidential’.  We were very proud to host the launch of Steve Waters’ memoir ‘A Life in 16 Films’.    All in all, we did what we do best – offering writers the opportunity to develop their craft and see their work in front of an audience.

The Ideas Stage

The Ideas Stage is an initiative from Menagerie to develop creative partnerships with universities. Projects use theatre to explore the scientific, historical, political and cultural ideas which shape our world.   Our current collaboration is with The Good Death Project at Cambridge University.  Follow the link for More information

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Tel: 01223 403361

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Menagerie Gets Support from  Cultural Recovery Fund

We are happy and proud to announce that we received funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund.  We are immensely grateful to Arts Council England and DCMS.  The award allows us to continue developing great new writing & writers, and it means we can prepare for a dynamic return to live theatre in 2021   

Coronavirus Update – December 2020

Menagerie, as with many of our  colleagues,  continues to work from various homes and dining room tables.   On the  bright side, we are also able to work – socially distanced – back at Cambridge Junction, thanks to the hard work of Junction staff.  We still crave everything that theatre does so well: social creativity, the proximity of friends and strangers, the thrill of participating in or watching a live event.  We look forward to the time when we can create live new work again, and wish you well as we move into a brighter year, 2021.   

 

 

Associate Producer appointed.

We now have a new Associate Producer.  Jessie Anand will be working with us to produce Bliss, Hotbed, and our revived production of The Unleashing of Leopold Bloom in 2022.  Jessie has her own production company and her most recent production, Yellowfin, has just been nominated for 5 ‘Offies’.  Her full biography can be found here, and we are delighted to have her on board.  

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation 

Our most recent community project was a collaboration with Abbey People, here in Cambridge, looking at communication between the generations.  With performances prevented by the pandemic, we opted to publish a small booklet which celebrates and documents the project.    Based on interviews with Abbey residents old and young, the title says it all!  We launched the booklet with Abbey People in September, just in time for Abbey’s ‘Big Lunch’.  If you’d like a copy, please get in touch with Abbey People on: info@abbeypeople.org.uk

Corporate Arts Based Training

NEW: Trailer for our Arts Based Training Programme- The EPIC System. Click here.

Menagerie provides training and support for businesses.

Menagerie has joined forces with Arts and Business to offer some of the most powerful training workshops in the marketplace.  Click the link for more information:
Read Paul’s Blog on Theatre and Training HERE
 
We work directly using creativity in business with partner organisations internationally including iNTG in Russia and Creative Kosice in Slovakia.

 

Weekly Words From A Superhero

Menagerie were chosen by Super de Pfeffel, a hero of our time, to be the sole dispenser of his great  words of certainty and courage.  Listen below to his weekly thoughts through the worst of Lockdown…

Fireside Chat 13 – 18th June

Fireside Chat 12 – 11th June

Fireside Chat 11 – 4th June

Fireside Chat 10 – 28th May

Fireside Chat 9 – 21st May

Fireside Chat 8 – 14th May

Fireside Chat 7 – 7th May

Fireside Chat 6 – 30th April

Fireside Chat 5 – 23rd April

Fireside Chat 4 – 17th April

Fireside Chat 3 – 9th April

Fireside Chat 2 – 2nd April

Fireside Chat 1 – 26th March

 

Community Project Performance Postponed

Sadly, like all other social and entertainment events at this time, our performance of ‘Talking About My Generation’, originally scheduled for March 30th, has had to be cancelled.  We will post a new date once we know what the future holds.  

 For more information please email Patrick Morris on patrick@menagerie.uk.com.

Made possible with funding from Cambridge City Council and supported by Abbey People

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