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.

Film of a new piece by Steve Waters.  

We recently made our first film of a new piece by Steve Waters, ‘Under the Weather‘.  Directed by Paul Bourne, starring Patrick Morris, it premieres at Hotbed on 17th July.  Book here for tickets.

Escapism: Plays to Perform at Home

Escapism: 4 short radio plays for people to perform and record at home. It’s for everyone and anyone to do.  Over half-term, a wet weekend or even as Christmas holidays beckon.  A creative activity with your household bubble or on Zoom with others.   Escapism is fun and it brings people together – safely!  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.

Hotbed Festival 16-18th July 2021.  LIVE THEATRE IS BACK!!

Stop Press: Hotbed, the new writing festival is back and the brochure is out.  See the full programme here, and book your tickets with confidence.  There is limited seating capacity due to coronavirus restrictions, but LIVE THEATRE is taking place at Cambridge Junction 16 – 18th July.

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.   


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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Love, No Country – new production for Hotbed

We have been working with playwright Vanessa Ackerman on developing her play, Love, No Country.   We will premiere the piece at Hotbed on 16th and 18th July.  Full info about the play and more here.

Ideas Stage Collaboration at Cambridge Festival

We have been collaborating for the last year with Dr. Laura Davies of the University of Cambridge.  Laura studies death within 18th Century literature and co-founded ‘The Good Death?’ Project.  The fruit of our partnership can be seen at the Cambridge Festival on Saturday 27th March at 4pm.  There’ll be a rehearsed reading of Patrick Morris’s play, ‘An Everyday Family Practice’, written in response to Laura’s and other researchers’ work into death and dying.  For full details, please follow this link.

Young Writers’ Workshops 2020 – The Readings!

Our Young Writers’ Workshops 2020 came to a perfect ending with readings of participants’ work – over Zoom (where else?!).  Over December 5th and 6th, actors worked hard to bring the work to life, before back-to-back readings.  A big thank you to all the actors that took part and also to our seven remarkable participant writers : Scott Younger, Mona Jebril, Emma Rogerson, Magda Bird, Matt Bairstow, Martha Loader and Clare Oliver-Williams.  The way they engaged with the online session made it all feel very ‘in-person’.  Thanks also due to Guest Writers, Craig Baxter, Sarah Woods and Juliet Gilkes-Romero who turned up to listen and comment on the plays. 

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.  

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.