Creative team

Patrick Morris – Director

For Menagerie he has directed Claire MacDonald’s Correspondence, Naomi Wallace’s The Retreating Worldand Between This Breath and You, along with new plays by Amanda Whittington, Craig Baxter and Jennifer Farmer. In 2005 he directed his first opera, Abraham on Trial by Andrew Lovett. As a performer, he has worked extensively in the USA as well as in numerous Menagerie productions including Out of Your Knowledge, Hard Sell and Frobisher’s Gold. Patrick is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Menagerie.

Craig Baxter – Playwright

Craig studied Zoology at Sheffield University and Playwriting at Birmingham University. His stage plays include St James and the Tattoo Man, Taking Liberties, The Ministry of Pleasure, The Animals, Hard Sell, Big Bang, Relics and Spearcarriers. He has adapted two of his plays for BBC Radio 4: The Thrill of the Chasteand Monogamy. He dramatised the correspondence between Darwin and Asa Gray on stage for the Darwin Correspondence Project (Re:Design) and those of Charles and Emma Darwin for the BBC World Service (Like Confessing a Murder).

William Finkenrath – Newton

Willam trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His theatre credits include: Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (The Royal Northampton); Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (New Vic Stoke); Squire Skinflint in Mother Goose (Royal Spa Centre Leamington). He spent most of last year touring in Romeo and Juliet first as Lord Capulet and Tybalt for Oddsocks and then as Lady Capulet, Mercutio and Friar Lawrence with Illyria.

Kate Malyon – Isaac

Kate trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  Her theatre credits include: Clover in The Finders, (Greenwich Theatre); Girl/Statue in AD2050 (Young Vic & Library Theatre, Manchester); Harriet in Bloody Poetry (White Bear Theatre); Kate in Zanna Don’t (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Space and West End Live!); Corinna in The City Wives’ Confederacy (Greenwich Playhouse); Celia WW in Me and My Girl (London Palladium); Chloe in Sex and the Village (George Square, Edinburgh). The Girl in Normal (Cockpit Theatre).  She was also a backing singer for Rod Stewart in the Concert for Diana (Wembley Stadium). Kate’s film/media credits include: Summer, Panasonic (AntHill Media Ltd); Tribe, Animal Arithmetic (EMI & Pulse); Lucy, Action (Fabulist Films); Maria, The Things We Do. Maria, The Garden of Eden (NFTS); Jess, Prick (P Productions).

David Meyer – Sir Isaac

David’s theatre credits include Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and work with Lindsay Kemp (Flowers and Salome) and Steven Berkoff (Hamlet). Other theatre credits include The Tempest (Shared Experience), The Elephant Man (Boulevard Theatre), A Doll’s House (Manchester Library), As You Like It (Northcott Theatre), The Police (BAC), The Dybbuk (King’s Head), Pagliacci (ENO), and God in Southwark Mysteries (Southwark Cathedral), Silica (Mill Theatre, Bradford), Bent (Tabard Theatre).  His film credits include, Octopussy (John Glenn), The Tempest (Derek Jarman), Hamlet (Celestino Coronado), The Draughtsman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway), The Gospel of St John (Philip Saville) and Bent (Sean Mathias).

Issam Kourbaj – Designer

Issam is Artist in Residence at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Born in Syria, he trained In Damascus, Leningrad and London and comes from a fine art, architecture and theatre design background. His work has been exhibited in three continents and is held in a number of collections, including The British Museum. For the last few years, Issam has drawn inspiration from the world of science, particularly light and optics: his camerae obscurae were recently displayed at the Botanic Gardens and at Kettle’s Yard House. He is also in the process of designing an Analemma sundial and recently published Cambridge Palimpsest. Given Issam’s interest in time, light and transformations, Newton’s work has proved an irresistible beacon for him.

Helen Stewart – Costume Designer

Helen is delighted to be working with Menagerie Theatre Co again having previously designed Hotbed 09. Previous productions include the Olivier Award nominated Potted Panto (Vaudeville, London) Alice in Wonderland, Rome and Rime of the Ancient Mariner for The Nuffield, Southampton,Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Forest Forge/Nuffield)Holocaust Memorial Day at Guildhall London, Monteverde’s Flying Circus Armonico Consort (touring,) Sleeping Beauty,The Dukes, Lancaster, Is That Bolt in Your Neck? Gonzo Moose (touring.) Examples of her work can be seen at

Marc Atkinson – Visual Effects Designer

Marc Atkinson is a Video and Film artist based in Cambridge. A graduate of the RCA, his work has been screened at venues such as Kings Place, the Oslo Screen Festival and the Square Gallery, Bristol. Often working in relation to place and atmosphere, his practice encompasses both single screen films and videos that work within larger projects, performances or installations.

Sebastian Willan – Sound Designer

As a Sound Designer and Composer for Theatre, Sebastian’s arrangements are in effect, conversations formed of his own reading of the literary text, and that of the directors and actors. Recent projects include Anansi, East End Tales and Henry V, staged at the Southwark Playhouse. Knuckleball and Stay with Me Till Dawn, a double bill production and Shakespeare Inc performed at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Salome at The Roundhouse and Julius Caesar at The Blue Elephant Theatre. Sebastian is resident composer for The Lazarus Theatre Company. Sebastian Willan has also worked as a sound engineer at The Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Opera House.

Paul Bourne – Lighting Designer

Emma Butler-Smith – Production Consultant

Mathias Berry – Stage Manager

Cassandra Bradnack – Project Coordinator

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Newton Image: with thanks to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge.