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Hotbed is Coming!

May 19th, 2017

Hotbed 2017 takes place on Saturday 8th July at Cambridge Junction.  With new plays from our Young Writers’ workshop, guest artists, workshops and special commissions, it’ll be a one-day new writing extravaganza!  Full programme to be announced in early June, so save the date and save the whole day: Saturday 8th July, Cambridge Junction.


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Hotbed 2015 dates announced! Thurs 9 – Sun 12 July

October 30th, 2014

Watch this space for more information about Hotbed 2015


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Young Writers’ Workshops start on Sat 31 Jan!

September 21st, 2014

Young Writers Workshops – Menagerie’s workshops for writers aged 18-25, held at Cambridge Junction… now in their 3rd year.  This year it will run every Saturday January 31st – March 7th 2015.  Meet working playwrights, receive feedback and coaching on your current work, and have the opportunity to be commissioned for Hotbed.   Full application details to be published on our website soon.


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Swimming by Jane Upton- promo!

July 14th, 2014

Rehearsals for Swimming are well underway and we’re all getting quite excited to be heading up to the Fringe.

Click here for a little sneak peak preview of a scene from the show.

You can read more about our Swimming cast and creative team here.

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Hotbed 2014: Testing! Testing!

June 12th, 2014

The programme has been announced and tickets are on sale for Hotbed 2014: Testing! Testing!, 10-13 July, Cambridge Junction.

To read more click here.

Tickets can be purchased through the Cambridge Junction website.

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Swimming at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

May 21st, 2014

Menagerie are excited to announce that we will be producing Swimming by Jane Upton at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Swimming will run from 30 July-25 August at Pleasance Dome, with previews in late July at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Soho Theatre.

To read more about the production click here.


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Ideas Stage- Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights!

April 1st, 2014

The brand new video for the Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights! project is now live.

This 2013 Ideas Stage project partnered Menagerie with Professor Alan Dignam of QMUL and Amnesty International.  We developed and produced seven human rights engagement events in Ireland and the UK.

To watch the documentary and read more about the project, click here.



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Egusi Soup Interview on BBC London

March 4th, 2014

Seun Shote (Dele) and Lorna Gee (Mrs Anyia) gave a fantastic interview on Sunday 2 March on BBC London 94.9 with Dotun Adebayo.

Have a listen here to them chat about the Egusi Soup tour ( and a little bit of a capella from lovers rock queen Lorna Gee!). Interview starts at 1hr42mins in!


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Egusi Soup production photos

February 26th, 2014


Our production photos are out! Here are a few and you’ll find more on our Flickr page here. 

The Egusi Soup tour is on the move and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from audiences and critics alike.

During our Bury St Edmunds run, we garnered a lovely four star review from What’s On Stage. Keep up with Egusi Soup reviews here.


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Young Writers Workshop is underway!

February 3rd, 2014

Our Young Writers Workshop is underway and it’s a real pleasure working with such a switched-on and passionate bunch of young writers.

Week 2

Our first guest writer was Craig Baxter, who led a discussion on Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen. We focused on two topics of discussion: the use of stage directions and roles for women in contemporary plays. There was great debate around both topics and the young writers showed their eagerness to engage with both the mechanics and the politics of contemporary playwriting.

Week 3

For the third session of the Young Writers Workshop, we had an inspiring visit from writer, Suzy Marston.  She is in the privileged position of writing for specific performers: the students at Impington Village College where she is Director of Performance.   Suzy led an excellent session on Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’, really firing up our cohort of young writers.

Week 4

Carl Miller (whose adaptation of Emil and the Detectives is currently showing at the National Theatre), led the session on Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Our group was split down the middle – extreme reactions to the play, both positive and negative. Great food for thought though, particularly on the subject of emotion: how the playwright weaves it with the ideas and questions they are exploring, and whether it’s there for the performers or the audience to experience. Also passionate advice from Carl for our playwrights to stay true to their play, despite ‘advice’ from actors, directors and other interested parties!


Follow our Young Writers (Lilly, Tilly, Eli, Dani and Hugh(ey)) through their blog!


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