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, 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 (Dublin 2019, 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 Stage, currently collaborating with The Good Death Project at Cambridge University.  Previous collaborations include the University of Cambridge Geography Department on The Great Austerity Debate, THIS Institute on a healthcare research project, ‘Not Quite Right‘ and Queen Mary University of London on Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights!


Jessie Anand, Associate Producer


Jessie is a freelance theatre and opera producer. She runs two companies of her own as well as producing for others.

Recent productions include: Yellowfin (Southwark Playhouse), MAGDALENE (Arcola Theatre), Cabildo (Arcola Theatre / Wilton’s Music Hall), Treemonisha (Arcola Theatre), Orlando (VAULT Festival / Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe), Blue Thunder (VAULT Festival) and The Boatswain’s Mate (Arcola Theatre). Assistant producing credits include The Language of Kindness (Shoreditch Town Hall / UK tour), Licensed to Ill (Southwark Playhouse / UK tour) and Be Prepared (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe).

Jessie is a Stage One bursary recipient and has previously worked for the National Theatre and The Corner Shop PR. She joined Menagerie as Associate Producer in April 2021.


Kay Blayney, Board Member


Kay is an innovative and well-organised teacher and educational consultant, experienced in initiating and leading new approaches and collaborating on multidisciplinary projects. She is currently leading on educational leadership and school improvement work.  Kay’s Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, was based on the career trajectories of school leaders and ‘fostering teacher agency’. She included her passion of collecting life stories as part of the methodology of her thesis Secret desire to be a head.

Kay has always had an avid interest in new writing and performance, participating in Menagerie’s Hotbed new writing festivals as the proud winner of the One-page play competition in 2009 with The Visitors Book and runner-up in 2009 with Circuits of Remembrance. She has been a nominee and short-listed for the 2006 and 2009 Escalator non-fiction writing award and was also involved in the Menagerie & BBC Radio project  Echoes from the East, with her play Gownland.


James Barlow, Chair of Board

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.