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.

Escapism: Plays to Perform at Home

Our first ’emergency’ project is called Escapism.  4 short radio plays for people to perform and record at home. It’s for everyone and anyone to do.  Even as lockdown eases, plenty of us are still stuck indoors.  Escapism is fun, creative and it brings people together:   Today!  Click HERE for full details.  

Productions Update

Our brand new play for May 2020 was to have been the world premiere of Bliss, by Fraser Grace.  We had to postpone the run at the Finborough Theatre, London, as well as performances in St Petersburg.  We are working with the Finborough to re-schedule and will be sure to announce the new dates when they’re confirmed.  

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.  Click here for a link to the play’s dedicated website.  .


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.

Escapism: Latest  recording available

The latest recording is available to listen to here.  It is ‘Headhunters‘, our radio play for three people, written by Fraser Grace.  

Menagerie Gets Arts Council Emergency Funding!

We are delighted to announce that we received emergency funding from Arts Council England.  This allows us to continue developing new plays and playwrights.  Thank you to ACE and to National Lottery players for making this possible.  So coming up we have: radio plays to perform at home, young writers’ workshops, an online film with a weatherman revealing more than just sunny spells and strong winds.  All leading us back towards live theatre…  

Coronavirus Update

Menagerie, as with our  colleagues elsewhere,  continues to work from various homes and dining room tables.   We are missing 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 new work again, and wish you well wherever you may be.   

Hotbed 2020 

Sadly, we have had to cancel Hotbed 2020, our festival of new writing.  As always, it would have featured new plays, workshops, readings and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of theatre writing for 3 days.  But we are already planning for 2021 and will keep you updated with progress.  

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. More information

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Young Writers’ Workshops 2020

Announcing the launch of our Young Writers’ Workshops 2020.  For any writers aged 18-30, these are an opportunity for mentoring, coaching and networking, with a chance for production at Hotbed Festival 2021.  Full information is here.  

Weekly Words From Super de Pfeffel

In difficult times, we need words of certainty and courage.  Listen below to the weekly thoughts of Super de Pfeffel, a hero of our time.

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.  

Our 2019-20 community project is a collaboration with Abbey People, here in Cambridge.  It was due to culminate in the performance, “Talking About My Generation” on Monday March 30th at Barnwell Baptist Church in Abbey.  A devised play, based on interviews with Abbey residents old and young, the title says it all!  And brought to you by participants in A Piece of Cake, the weekly drama workshops for young mums in Abbey.  The workshops run throughout the year with performance and participation opportunities at different points along the way. For more information please email Patrick Morris on

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

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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.