The Team

Menagerie work with a variety of writers, actors, directors and other partners to help us achieve our aims (thanks to all of you by the way!); the following are people who work with the company on a day to day basis.

Paul Bourne, Artistic Director

Freelance Director, Artistic Director of Menagerie and The Hotbed Festival, Paul has directed and produced over sixty professional productions in ten different countries. His work has ranged from productions on the fringe through to major international touring. Highlights include Guignol (Tennessee Williams) in New York and The UK, The world touring production of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (out of Washington DC), and the European premieres Oleanna and The Secret Garden. Previously Artistic Director at the Frankfurt Playhouse and Center Stage New York, his focus is on creating and developing new work for the stage, offering appropriate productions that entertain, challenge and inspire. Paul also runs the corporate training for menagerie and has delivered training and support for companies at all levels including Liverpool F.C and the BBC.


Patrick Morris, Co-Artistic Director


Patrick Morris is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Menagerie.  He has directed The Great Austerity Debate (national tour Autumn 2018),  Four For Jericho, Correspondence, Let Newton Be!, The Retreating World and Between This Breath and You.  As an actor, Menagerie credits include bloominauschwitz (Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Manchester Festival of Leaving 2018), Out of Your Knowledge, Re:Design, Frobisher’s Gold, Hard Sell and The Cull.  Other acting credits include NIE, Foursight Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre, San Francisco’s Magic Theatre.  Dedicated to working in Cambridge, Patrick directed numerous community/public art projects including ‘Trumpington Voices, ‘A Piece of Cake’ and ‘No Place Like Home‘   He also runs The Ideas Stagemost recently collaborating with the University of Cambridge Geography Department on The Great Austerity Debate, and THIS Institute on a healthcare research project, ‘Not Quite Right‘.


Mhari Gallagher, Producer


 Mhari is a freelance Producer, Director and Workshop Leader. Recent work as Producer includes: The Great Austerity Debate and Trumpington Voices for Menagerie, 2 national tours of Mansfield Park, adapted by Tim Luscombe and 2 pantomimes for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Hotbed Festival 2012-2018; 2 tours of Egusi Soup by Janice Okoh (all for Menagerie Theatre).  Recent Directing and Education Work includes: the devising and direction of a play for Suffolk Arts Link; the design and delivery of the education programme for Scamp Theatre; the co-producing and co-directing of a ‘Fall in Love with Theatre’ event at the Mumford Theatre. Previously, Mhari worked as the Associate Producer for Cambridge Arts Theatre, as well as in the Marketing and Education Departments. She has taught Drama in a variety of school and theatre contexts in the UK and The Netherlands, and she has an MA in Theatre Direction: Text and Production from the University of East Anglia.

Alison Pearn, Board Member

Alison Pearn is Associate Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge, with experience in research, educational outreach, public engagement with science, management, and fundraising. With her colleagues she is researching and publishing all letters written by or to the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), and has jointly edited over fifteen volumes of the award-winning definitive edition The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt, et al. eds, Cambridge University Press, 1985-). Alison also writes for the popular press, and has appeared in radio interviews and programmes, including In Our Time, and Woman’s Hour. She has also collaborated with the playwright, Craig Baxter, and with Menagerie, to create the highly successful dramatisation of Darwin’s letters, Re:Design.

James Barlow, Board Member

James qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton working mainly in the audit division in both the UK and Australia. More recently he has worked for small fast growing companies with particular focus on raising funds and cash management along with developing and implementing the necessary controls and systems as the companies have grown.

Rebecca Myers, Board Member


Rebecca comes from a medicinal chemistry research background. In recent years, she has contributed to pioneering developments in organic chemistry and helped secure over £10M of research council funding. In 2018, she joined the Cambridge Judge Business School as part of a substantial career shift. Bringing to her new role, as Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes, a strong understanding of the needs of the scientists and researchers in the University environment. Outside of her career, Rebecca teaches yoga and has been deeply involved in the theatre world much of her life.