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Janice Okoh is a Channel Four Playwright In Residence 2018

We are delighted to be working with Janice Okoh  on a new full length play – SLEEPER  supported by Channel Four Television. In addition to writing this new piece, Janice is working alongside our Young Writers in supporting the development of their new work.  Many Thanks to the Team at Channel Four for their support.  Read about award Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme PRESS RELEASE . 

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Janice Okoh

Janice is an award winning playwright.  This year, her play THE REAL HOUSE (THREE BIRDS) won the Bruntwood Prize and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award.  Her recent theatre productions include: TOP BRASS (Theatre 503, 2010), a short play written in response to The Charming Man by Gabriel Bissett-Smith.  Her recent radio plays include: REUNION (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2011); CARNIVAL, a short play for the From Fact to Fiction series (BBC Radio 4, 2010) and SE8 (BBC Radio 4, 2010).  A co-production between Menagerie Theatre Company and SOHO Theatre of Janice’s stage play EGUSI SOUP is planned for 2012 as well as an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts and Crosses for the Saturday Play (BBC Radio 4).

Janice’s Hotbed play is about a young graduate taking desperate measures and
seeking advice on how to cheat an interview from a larger than life Mr fix-it type character. It is inspired by the difficulties graduates face in today’s job market.


Click on the links below for reviews of Janice’s work:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/the-week-in-radio-no-place-like-rome-as-the-emperor-strikes-back-2148663.html

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Menagerie Associate Writer Janice Okoh wins the Bruntwood Award!

Congratulations to Janice Okoh!  In November, she won the UK’s most prestigious playwriting award: The Bruntwood.  She is now seen as one of the UK’s brightest talents.

In May 2012, Paul Bourne will be directing the co-production of Janice’s play EGUSI SOUP with SOHO theatre for touring (which will come to the Mumford theatre in Cambridge. Click the link below to see Janice on the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15738470

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Egusi Soup Reviews

Reviews for the 2014 tour of Egusi Soup (20 Feb- 5 April)

***** Everything Theatre

**** What’s On Stage

**** Afridiziak

4.5/5 The Public Reviews

“Lorna Gayle’s Mrs Anyia inhabits [the set] with just the right sort of authority; she may once have been just a girl from a village, but she was always just that bit sharper and cannier than the others.” What’s On Stage

“Onitiri is especially good as the American career débâcle comes to light, while Nabirye’s relationship with Seun Shote’s puppyish Dele rings true.” What’s On Stage

“very funny dialogue is cracked with pace and timing by a superb cast” InSuffolk

“an inclusive and genuinely funny piece of work with sharply observed dialogue and engaging characters which any audience will enjoy.” InSuffolk

“brilliant natural family dynamic” Afridiziak

“genius writing and comedic timing…guaranteed to have people from all walks laughing out loud up and down the country.” Afridiziak

“this piece confidently treads the line between almost farcical humour and depths of emotion leaving us more than satisfied with what we are served with”  The Public Reviews 

“Unmissable… this is one of the best plays I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this year” Everything Theatre

“This is charming, funny, and heart-warming theatre.” Everything Theatre

“If you ever wondered how to capture the African diasporic experience in one evening, ask play writer Janice Okoh. Her play “Egusi soup” is an emotionally charged, funny, and beautiful play that depicts the inner struggles of an African family as they are about to go back to Nigeria.” Gateway for Africa

“Janice Okoh has created a well-rounded and solidly structured piece that shines a light on lives that rarely make it to the British stage” Civilian Theatre

 

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Interview with Gloria Onitiri (Anne)

 

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Gloria Onitiri is currently playing Anne in Menagerie’s national tour of Janice Okoh’s Egusi Soup.

Gloria has recently played the leading lady, Rachel Marron, in The Bodyguard on the West End; Egusi Soup will be Gloria’s first distinctly Nigerian piece.

How have you found the Egusi Soup rehearsal process so far?

It’s been great fun. Everyone’s an absolute laugh. Even if you’re in a bad mood, you immediately get broken out of it because of the laughter and the joy and everyone’s personalities. It’s interesting for me being of Nigerian heritage doing a play like this; it’s the first play that I’ve done based around being Nigerian. So it’s fun for me playing the same sort of jokes that happen in my own household.

Do you recognise the Nigerian family element in Egusi Soup?

Yeah definitely, I’m from a Nigerian family so it really rings true. I’ve been eating Egusi Soup since I came out the womb- and other things; it’s not the only Nigerian dish that’s fabulous!

This is not a pastiche. These are real people. A lot of this is my own past. I’ve never been to Nigeria and see myself as British. However, having said that, I don’t feel any less of a Nigerian because I haven’t been to Nigeria. I don’t feel like I understand it any less as it is in my culture, my family, my upbringing.

Janice writes in the way Nigerian people speak. They’re very direct. This can be confused with anger or sharpness but it’s not, they’re just really direct. Janice has got it just right. Her script is phenomenal.

Do you identify with your character?

Some things Anne says, I feel like I’ve said myself in the past. I understand what drives her.

I think the most important part of when you’re building a character is to understand what their morals and values are. Ultimately, that’s what shapes us as people. For Anne, as a barrister, it’s about focus, determination, sacrifice, excellence; on that level, I can relate as that’s what I strive for in my career. At the same time, there are things I don’t identify with and those are the most interesting parts: the characters flaws. That’s the first thing I think of when I look at a script- what’s wrong with this person?

So, what’s wrong with Anne?

She can be quite selfish. But she has to be in the way that she lives her life. Ultimately that selfishness impacts on others. She’s not a bad person, she’s just quite single-minded.

Have you done much work with new writing before?

I’ve recently done a piece called Amphibians which was a site-specific piece, so I’m not a newbie to this world. I do think new writing is the way to go. You have to support the emerging talents in this country. It’s nice to get other peoples’ voices out there.

You’ve played the leading role in The Bodyguard, ‘Nala’ in The Lion King and you were part of the original West End cast of Avenue Q . How does new writing compare with the West End?

They’re not so different. A piece is a piece; your process is your process. All the roles I’ve played are all just people- or, in the Lion King, an animal!-but they’re all just personalities you have to get to grips with.  This is much more intimate than a West End show as the company is smaller; but I wouldn’t treat how I work any differently.

What are you looking forward to most about touring?

You get to reach audiences outside of London. It’s a challenge for an actor, taking something and putting it in completely different spaces. It changes you and your performance. That’s really exciting.

How would you describe Egusi Soup in three words?

Titillating, spicy, real.

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Hotbed Writers 2012

Benjamin Askew

Benjamin Askew trained at the Drama Centre in London.  He is part of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and he has been invited to join the Studio Group in 2012.  Benjamin’s plays include: LOVE IN THE TIME OF TEXTING (short play, Theatre 503, 2010); A COMPREHENSIVE TRAGEDY (short play, Theatre 503, 2009); IN BED WITH MESSALINA (Drama Centre London/ Eyestrings, 2009); THE HOUSE OF GINGERBREAD (Arcola, Edinburgh Festival, 2008).  Benjamin’s acting work includes seasons with Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Theatre by the Lake along with many other theatre, radio and TV productions.

Benjamin’s Hotbed play is about the witch-hunts that took place during the English Civil War. Two characters are sharing a cell: Matthew Hopkins (the self-styled Witchfinder General) and Elizabeth Malkin, a young woman “discovered” by Hopkins on one of his previous Cleansing Expeditions. Both now stand accused of witchcraft.

 

Tamsin Astbury

Tamsin has been a member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme (2008); the Soho Young Writers’ Programme (2008) and Royal Court Invitation Programme (2008).  Her play, THE WAKE (2008) was short-listed for the Bruntwood Award at Manchester Royal Exchange and was called back for script development.  Her recent work includes LOVE FOR LORNE, a radio play for Menagerie Theatre’s Echoes of the East project in conjunction with BBC Radio Cambridge.  Furthermore, she has developed two scripts for radio for Fiona Kelcher, BBC Radio Development Producer.

Tamsin studied English at Cambridge University and has an Mphil in Playwriting from Birmingham University, where she received a distinction for radio playwriting.  She has produced, written, directed and performed many pieces for fringe theatre and radio, including MY NAME IS DANIEL and THROUGH THE DARK – two miniaturist radio plays for Bunbury Banter Theatre Company for broadcast on Hayes FM, NuSound FM, Audio Book Radio.

Tamsin’s Hotbed play is called KITCHEN SINK. Katie is a housewife, a Conservative counsillor and child of a single mother who’s just recognised her ‘chains’. Her great-grandmother was a suffragette, her grandmother Dora demonstrated against her Party believing their cuts chain women back to the kitchen sink. Through Katie, come four generations of women’s voices and an exploration of the qualities and inequalities of female experience.

 

Craig Baxter

Craig is a playwright living in Cambridge, UK. He studied Zoology at Sheffield University and Playwriting at Birmingham University. His original plays include St James and the Tattoo ManTaking LibertiesThe Ministry of Pleasure, The AnimalsBig BangRelics and Spearcarriers for the stage and The Thrill of the ChasteMonogamy and Like Confessing a Murder for radioHis work with Menagerie includes Missing MassHard SellSignor CastiglioniRe:Design and Let Newton Be!. His play The Altruists was winner of the 4th STAGE International Script Competition for plays about science or technology.

In his monologue for Hotbed 2012, The Apologist, a high flying banker attempts unsuccessfully to apologise on three separate occasions: during a press conference, a restorative justice meeting and a therapy session. Craig has drawn inspiration for the piece from some of the great apologisers of history including Abraham Lincoln, Tony Blair and Dr Liam Fox.

 

Alison Carr

Alison has written plays for a number of prestigious companies and venues, including:  BBC Radio 4, The National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Old Vic and Paines Plough.  Her work includes: WHEN IT FALLS (Soho Theatre, 2011); THE GIRLS FROM POPPYFIELD CLOSE (Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2011); NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS (People’s Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2011), which was commissioned for the Centenary Season celebrations.  Her award winning work includes: YACKETY YAK (Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2010), which was the Winner of ‘A Million Short Cuts Event’; MONKEY AND ME (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2007), which was Winner of the Yvonne Arnaud playwriting festival and a Finalist for The Journal of Culture Newcomer of the Year Award 2006.

Alison’s Hotbed play is called THE SURPRISING GERMINATION OF ANDREA FITZGERALD.  In the play, a tree grows in the belly of a woman.  ‘We all know that if you swallow the apple pips a tree will grow inside your belly.  And if we all know it, then it must be true’.

 

Ed Harris

Ed is an award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and poet.  He was commissioned to write his first play, SUGARED GRAPEFRUIT for the Brighton Festival Fringe 2005. Ed has since been Writer-in-Residence at Chichester Festival Theatre. He was shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award in 2008 for his play NEVER EVER AFTER, and his new play, MONGREL ISLAND was commissioned by Soho Theatre and opened Steve Marmion’s first season as Artistic Director in July 2011.

For radio, Ed’s first commissioned play PORSHIA was broadcast in 2007 to widespread acclaim (including Radio Times/Time Out ‘Pick of the Week’, Daily Telegraph ‘Review of the Year’), and he has since been continuously under commission to BBC Radio 4. His fourth radio play, THE MOMENT YOU FEEL IT, was shortlisted for the 2010 Tinniswood Award, and he has just won the Writers’ Guild Award for his playTROLL. His first series broadcast in 2011.

Ed’s Hotbed play is called PIGLET. It is about an artist who buys a painting by one of the British Masters, intending to destroy it. He argues that its destruction will increase its true value to the world, therefore the value of art as a whole, because (as he’s about to learn for himself) you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.

 

Danusia Iwasko

 Danusia is a writer, director, producer and actor for theatre and television.  Her play ONE GLASS WALL (Studio 503, 2004), directed by Crispin Bonham Carter, was short-listed for the Pearson Prize and published by Oberon Books.  Her recent work includes: HEADLANDS (Mercury Theatre Colchester and The Cockpit London, 2011). It has been written and directed by Danusia and is an Arts Council funded co-production with the Mercury and The Hal Company (Danusia’s own Company set up in 1992).  The play is an exploration of the mind using text, movement, film and music.  Other work includes: BETWEEN THE CRACKS (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 2010) and LINCOLN ROAD (Eastern Angles Theatre Company, 2010).

Danusia was an attached writer at The National Theatre Studio (2006).  She is an Associate Writer, Director and Actor for Menagerie Theatre Company and has worked on a number of youth projects and productions.  A recent youth project is: THE FORCE OF NATURE (Theatre Royal York, Polka Theatre, London; The Drum Theatre, Plymouth and Dundee Rep. 2011), a writing commission for The Playhouse Festival.

Danusia’s Hotbed play is called ASCENSION. Henry Denton is a modern day Sisyphus, he pushes a bolder up Primrose Hill in Camden, London.  When he reaches the top, it rolls down again and he is obliged to start the journey again. ASCENSION is an exploration of work, drive and struggle.

Danusia wrote the monologue STILL LIFE about a woman who never moves and wanted to write a companion piece about a man who never stops moving. Human beings often become “human doings”: why? Is it a love of work, a need for struggle or keeping busy to avoid feelings, memories?

 

Kit Lambert

Kit Lambert is an award winning writer for theatre and television.  His play GULLIVER toured the UK with Hijinx Theatre Company and he wrote for Red Planet Pictures on their recent BBC Wales TV drama CRASH, created by Tony Jordan.  He has written for BBC’s DOCTORS and is currently under option for a new ITV drama series with Jellylegs Productions (LIFERS) and a new sitcom with Hat Trick (LIMELIGHT).

Kit has previously written plays for Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru, Likely Story and Wildcard Theatre Company, and collaborated with four other writers on True Fiction’s production of THE EXQUISITE CORPSE (Edinburgh Festival 2008 & Southwark Playhouse). His play INCIDENTAL was read as part of the recent Catalan-Wales Drama Festival.  Kit was the winner of the inaugural Script Slam competition at the Sherman Theatre in 2005 with his first play, THE CUSTOM HOUSEwhich was subsequently shortlisted for the Kings Cross New Writing Award.  His most recent play, ONCE UPON A TIME, is touring this Christmas with the Arts Council of Wales’ ‘Nights Out’.  Kit has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter.

 

Chris O’Connell

Chris O’Connell is a multi-award winning writer: Winner Fringe First Award 1999, CAR, Edinburgh Festival; Winner Fringe First Award 2001, RAW, Edinburgh Festival; Winner Time Out Live Award, 1999, CAR, London; Awarded Theatre Writers Bursary – Arts Council of England, 1996; Winner of Pearson Television Writers Bursary 1999; Writer in Residence Paines Plough Theatre Co. 1999-2000; Writer in Residence/Tutor Birmingham University M(Phil) Playwrighting 2004-2006; Lead Writer/Tutor Transmissions Festival, Birmingham Repertory Theatre 2006.

Chris is the co-founder of Theatre Absolute (1992-present day) and the co-founder of the company’s Shop Front Theatre, Coventry (2009 to present day).  His work has been performed all over the world and by companies such as Frantic Assembly and the RSC.  He has written for BBC television and BBC Radion 4.

Chris’ Hotbed play FORGIVE OUR PARANOIA takes place in the open air on a secluded coastal beach. It tells the story of sisters Beth and Joy, and their friend Ash. They have arrived from the city in a desperate bid to end the cycle of violence that is controlling their lives.

 

Janice Okoh

Janice is an award winning playwright.  This year, her play THE REAL HOUSE (THREE BIRDS) won the Bruntwood Prize and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award.  Her recent theatre productions include: TOP BRASS (Theatre 503, 2010), a short play written in response to The Charming Man by Gabriel Bissett-Smith.  Her recent radio plays include: REUNION (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2011); CARNIVAL, a short play for the From Fact to Fiction series (BBC Radio 4, 2010) and SE8 (BBC Radio 4, 2010).  A co-production between Menagerie Theatre Company and SOHO Theatre of Janice’s stage play EGUSI SOUP is planned for 2012 as well as an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts and Crosses for the Saturday Play (BBC Radio 4).

Janice’s Hotbed play is about a young graduate taking desperate measures and
seeking advice on how to cheat an interview from a larger than life Mr fix-it type character. It is inspired by the difficulties graduates face in today’s job market.

 

Esther Shannon

Esther trained as an actress, dancer and scientist as well as a writer.  Recently, she completed the MPhil(B) Playwriting at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Steve Waters.  She has belonged to a number of writing groups including: Paines Plough, the Royal Court and Stephen Jeffreys masterclass.  Her plays and choreography include: THE NATURE OF THINGS (The Place, London); INSULIN (dance film presented at The Royal Society); THREE CRYSTALS (Arcola Theatre); PINEAPPLE (short play for Theatre Absolute); AFTER LIGHT; (rehearsed reading, Trafalgar Studios); HOLLOWAY ROAD (short play for National Youth Theatre, Soho Theatre).

Esther’s Hotbed play is called MIND DETOX

My body is a bit.. bollocks. Would you call that a negative belief?

As a peace offering to her ex-boyfriend, Nicola sees a Mind Detox therapist to discuss her relationship with her body. They search for the moment in time that snowballed her down the path of negativity.

 

Katy Walker

Katy Walker studied English at Edinburgh University, then trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.  After a few years playing to very select audiences in Wales, she got a job by mistake in the film industry and hung out with Hollywood A listers for a couple of years until she discovered clay and gave it all up to become a potter.  All of this is an elaborate displacement activity as what she really wants to do is write.  She is thrilled to be selected for Hotbed 2012.

 

Steve Waters

Steve is seen as one of the best stage writers in the UK today following hits at the Bush, Donmar Warehouse and now under commission to Channel Four Films, Out of Joint, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. Steve’s plays include: THE CONTINGENCY PLAN (The Bush Theatre, Radio 3) LITTLE PLATOONS (The Bush, Radio 4), FAST LABOUR (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre) and WORLD MUSIC (Sheffield Crucible and Donmar Warehouse); with Menagerie his work includes OUT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

He also writes for The Guardian, lectures in Creative Writing at UEA and has written THE SECRET LIFE OF PLAYS.

Steve’s Hotbed play DEATH OF A CYCLIST is a poignant, bleakly comic

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Reviews

 

Reviews of Menagerie’s work are available here:

Swimming by Jane Upton: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (30 July- 25 August 2014)

***** Edinburgh Evening News 

**** The Stage

**** Public Reviews

 

“there is a core of truth in what the play shows us that is likely to linger in your thoughts afterwards” Theatre Guide London

“Jane Upton’s three-hander contains some deft observations about young people whose sense of possibilities can seem almost infinite one minute and non-existent in the next. Upton – whose first play Bones was highly acclaimed on the Fringe in 2011 – captures a sense of fragile relationships and emotional vulnerability, and there are strong performances from Jack Bence, Jessica Madsen and Grace Watts.” The Scotsman

“Grace Watts and Jessica Madsen really bring the slightly cliched roles of ‘emo’ girl Milly and posh girl Lucy to life but it is Jack Bence’s sensitive performance as troubled Jack which really makes this show one to watch. The actor, who plays nasty bully Grayson on BBC3?s Bad Education, here reveals the heart behind Jack’s bad boy, foul-mouthed exterior. It’s a startling performance.” The Stage

“a feisty reflection on what it is to be young that skips from manners, meaning, prospects and living life for show (#justsaying). Jessica Madsen is a disconcertingly convincing spoilt rich kid who maybe suffers more than she lets on. Grace Watts does emo looking for approval with aplomb. And Jack Bence is particularly noteworthy as a pretty dislikeable character who somehow elicits a grudging sympathy.” Edinburgh Evening News

“Swimming, a new play by Jane Upton, is a lovely story about three young adults working in a beach café on the Isle of Wight. Jack Bence’s authentically blue-collar performance anchors the play, as he embodies both the desires and fears of so many young adults who may dream of more for their life than their small town beginnings portend. Jessica Madsen and Grace Watts provide two different looks at people in pursuit of their dreams, portraying both the courage and distress of leaving the ease and uneasiness of one’s hometown. Upton has created a delightful new play that could be a favorite for student and young adult theatre groups to produce for years to come.” Huffington Post

“A fantastic show – well performed, with a great chemistry between the 3 performers who all give a real sense of what it is to be young and somewhat lost.” To Do List.Org

 

Egusi Soup National Tour (20 Feb- 5 April 2014)

***** Everything Theatre

**** What’s On Stage

**** Afridiziak
4.5/5 The Public Reviews

“Lorna Gayle’s Mrs Anyia inhabits [the set] with just the right sort of authority; she may once have been just a girl from a village, but she was always just that bit sharper and cannier than the others.” What’s On Stage

“Onitiri is especially good as the American career débâcle comes to light, while Nabirye’s relationship with Seun Shote’s puppyish Dele rings true.” What’s On Stage

“very funny dialogue is cracked with pace and timing by a superb cast” InSuffolk

“an inclusive and genuinely funny piece of work with sharply observed dialogue and engaging characters which any audience will enjoy.” InSuffolk

“brilliant natural family dynamic” Afridiziak

“genius writing and comedic timing…guaranteed to have people from all walks laughing out loud up and down the country.” Afridiziak

“this piece confidently treads the line between almost farcical humour and depths of emotion leaving us more than satisfied with what we are served with”  The Public Reviews 

“Unmissable… this is one of the best plays I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this year” Everything Theatre

“This is charming, funny, and heart-warming theatre.” Everything Theatre

“If you ever wondered how to capture the African diasporic experience in one evening, ask play writer Janice Okoh. Her play “Egusi soup” is an emotionally charged, funny, and beautiful play that depicts the inner struggles of an African family as they are about to go back to Nigeria.” Gateway for Africa

“Janice Okoh has created a well-rounded and solidly structured piece that shines a light on lives that rarely make it to the British stage” Civilian Theatre

Hotbed Double-Bill at Theatre503

**** Everything Theatre **** The  Public Reviews

“the evening is a mini theatrical treat; sometimes good things come in small packages” British Theatre Guide

“Three quick-paced witty scripts directed and delivered with energy and style.” Everything Theatre

“A dizzying trio of comical, moving and sometimes disconcerting pieces” Westend Wilma

“fast and furious” What’s On Stage

“Jasmine Hyde and Mark Oosterveen are a fantastic theatrical match with palpable chemistry” British Theatre Guide

“this Hotbed Festival Double Bill makes for a night of theatre that is fast paced, innovative, and inspiring” One Stop Arts

For Why Can’t We Live Together? by Steve Waters

 “a beautifully simple script that exposes the fragility of love and marriage” British Theatre Guide

“The writing is crisp and witty and the timing is impeccable in this fast-paced show.”UK Theatrenet

For Somniloquy by Craig Baxter

“Eerily beautiful and oddly poetic” Time Out

“A brilliantly twisty piece. It’s funny, it’s thought-provoking and it’s worth the price of admission alone.” What’s On Stage

For How to Begin by Hisham Matar

“a vulnerable, anxious monologue delivered beautifully by Oosterveen” Everything Theatre

“a joy and thrillingly refreshing” Reviews Gate

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Hotbed 2013 Reviews

Local Secrets

Cambridge News

Everything Theatre

Public Reviews

Matthew Linley blog

 

Egusi Soup 2012

http://www.thepublicreviews.com/egusi-soup-soho-theatre-london/

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/36321/egusi-soup

http://www.whatsonstage.com/reviews/theatre/london/E8831338198781/Egusi+Soup.html

http://www.squeamishbikini.com/2/post/2012/05/egusi-soup-a-review.html

 

Stand By Your Van

For a full list of reviews, follow the link: SBYV Reviews

 

Let Newton Be!

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=415635&c=1&dm_i=D9F,EF9I,30PKPL,15HXY,1

http://www.menagerie.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Newton-Blogpost.pdf

http://bpdt.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/let-newton-be/

http://www.allmediascotland.com/media-releases/30237/church-project-sponsors-play-with-a-certain-gravity/

http://www.menagerie.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Let-Newton-Be-Nature-Review.pdf

 

Four For Jericho

(Fringe Review 2011) Click HERE

(The Public Review 2011) Click HERE

(Festival Reviews 2011) Click HERE

(Stage Edinburgh 2011) Click HERE

 

Re:Design

http://www.menagerie.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/redesign.pdf

Click here to read Kirsten Shepherd-Barr’s article Darwin on Stage which talks about an earlier version of the play.

 

Correspondance

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2008/aug/17/edinburghfestival.festivals

 

Out Of Your Knowledge

For a full review, click here: Out Of Your Knowledge – British Theatre Guide

 

Syringa Tree

http://www.onstagescotland.co.uk/reviews/syringa/

 

Two Into War

For a full list of reviews, click here: Two Into War – Reviews

 

Gaugleprixtown

For a full list of reviews, click here: Gaugleprixtown

 

 

 

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Hotbed 2012 archive

 

DIARY OF EVENTS

Welcome to the Hotbed 2012 programme of events!

We have 12 main commissions (3 One Act Plays and 9 Monologues) on offer and a range of other fantanstic events.

Our 3 ONE ACT PLAYS are: Necessary Evil from emerging young writer, Ben Askew; Piglet from Writers’ Guild Award Winner, Ed Harris and Forgive Our Paranoia from the multiple Fringe First Winner, Chris O’Connell.

To complement the 3 main commissions, we have 9 short MONOLOGUES, including work from Bruntwood Award Winner, Janice Okoh, Steve Waters (The Bush, Hampstead Theatre) along with other well established and newer writers.

SILENT from Ireland’s leading new play company, Fishamble, is our guest production, and it is a show not to be missed.  It was the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, and it has won a plethora of awards, including a prestigious Fringe First.

If it is education and debate you are after, why not join our panel of experts for a discussion chaired by top theatre critic, Lyn Gardner, or participate in many other

WORKSHOPS, DISCUSSIONS and educational events on offer, including a masterclass from award-winning playwright, Mike Bartlett.

If you are looking for something a bit different, why not enjoy a monologue over breakfast, lunch or tea in our FOOD FOR THOUGHT series, or there is our HOTBED FILMS progamme, which includes work from local, regional and international film-makers.

There is STORY-TELLING for young people and for grown-ups, READINGS,our legendary ONE-PAGE-PLAY-COMP-ATHONand HOTBED MARATHON.  We even have a YOUNG HOTBED performance.

Bringing all this to life will be a 9 strong ACTING ENSEMBLE featuring actors who have performed at the RSC, National Theatre and the Royal Court.

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Roaring Voices Monologues

All monologues are 10 minutes in length


A. Death of a Cyclist

By Steve Waters

A poignant, bleakly comic piece imagining the moments after death as a woman struggles to come to terms with the biggest shock of all.

Steve has had recent hits at The Bush and Donmar Warehouse and is now under commission to Channel Four Films, Out of Joint and The West Yorkshire Playhouse.


B. The Talented Mister…

By Janice Okoh

Inspired by the difficulties in today’s job market, a young graduate takes desperate measures and seeks advice on how to cheat an interview from a larger than life Mr fix-it.

Janice is an award-winning playwright. She is a Menagerie Associate Writer, and in 2011, her play, Little Birds, won the Bruntwood Prize.


C. The Odyssey of Dimitri Amiras

By Kit Lambert

Using an imaginative combination of poetry, mythical imagery and the broken English of a broken man, Dimitri sits in his holiday trailer, on the edge of an eroding cliff, dreaming of floating home to his native Greece.

Kit Lambert is under option for a new ITV drama series and a new sitcom with Hat Trick. His first play, The Custom House, was shortlisted for the Kings Cross New Writing Award.


D. Andromache

By Katy Walker

A poetic journey into the conflicting emotions of Andromache, wife of Hector – the tragic hero of the Trojan War – offering insight into the world of those on the side-lines, left behind to wait and hope.

Katy is an exciting debut writer.


E. The Surprising Germination of Andrea Fitzgerald

By Alison Carr

We all know that if you swallow the apple pips, a tree will grow inside your belly. And if we all know it, then it must be true’.

And it certainly is true for Andrea Fitzgerald in this tale of desperation and hope found in the most unlikely of places.

Alison has written for The National Theatre, The Old Vic and Paines Plough. Her play, Monkey and Me, was a Finalist for The Journal of Culture Newcomer of the Year Award 2006.


F. Mind Detox

By Esther Shanson

My body is a bit… bollocks. Would you call that a negative belief?’

In an exhilarating journey into the depths of psychology, Nicola sees a mind detox therapist to discuss her relationship with her body and her cataclysmic descent into negativity.

Esther is a scientist as well as a writer. She completed the MPhil(B) in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham and has belonged to the Royal Court and Paines Plough writing groups.


G. The Apologist

By Craig Baxter

A high flying banker attempts unsuccessfully to apologise on three separate occasions: during a press conference, a restorative justice meeting and a therapy session.  Craig has drawn inspiration for the piece from some of the great apologisers of history including Abraham Lincoln, Tony Blair and Dr Liam Fox.

Craig is a playwright living in Cambridge, and he has worked extensively with Menagerie.  His play The Altruists was winner of the 4th STAGE International Script Competition for plays about science or technology.


H. Kitchen Sink

By Tamsin Astbury

Through Katie – a housewife, a Conservative Councillor and the great granddaughter of a Suffragette – come four generations of women’s voices in a compelling exploration of the qualities and inequalities of female experience.

Tamsin has been a member of the Royal Court and Soho Theatre Young Writers’ Programmes.


I. Ascension

By Danusia Iswaszko

What can help Henry Denton as he pushes a bolder up Primrose Hill only to see it roll down again when he reaches the top? Obliged to start his journey from the beginning, how will this modern day Sisyphus cope?

Danusia is a Menagerie associate writer, actor and director. She has worked for the National Theatre, and her play One Glass Wall was short-listed for the Pearson Prize in 2004.


Set 1 (F,G,H,I)

Fri 27 – 1.00pm

£8/£6 / 50mins


Set 2 (A,B,C,D,E)

Fri 27 – 8.15pm

£8/£6 / 1hr


Monologues are also part of the FOOD FOR THOUGHT series and the Hotbed MARATHON.


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Hotbed Writers

Our main commissions this year are 3 One Act Plays: Necessary Evil from Royal Court young writer, Benjamin Askew; Piglet from Writers’ Guild Winner, Ed Harris; Forgive Our Paranoia from multiple Fringe First winner, Chris O’Connell.

Complementing the main commissions, we have 9 monologues from theatre writing stalwarts as well as up and coming talent.  The writers include: regional favourites, Katy Walker, Steve Waters (The National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Out of Joint) and Danusia Iswaszko (Menagerie Associate Artist, The National Theatre); as well as Janice Okoh (Bruntwood Award Winner 2011); Kit Lambert(Award winning writer for theatre and TV); Alison Carr (The National Theatre, Paines Plough); Esther Shanson (The Royal Court, Paines Plough); Gari Jones (The National Theatre) and Tamsin Astbury (Royal Court, shortlisted for The Bruntwood Award 2008).

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