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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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Egusi Soup Rehearsal Blog

January 29th, 2014

Rehearsals for the Egusi Soup National Tour kicked off on Monday 27 Jan. You can follow the action through our rehearsal blog:


And then grab your tickets for the tour!

Click here for ticket information.



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Sneak peek of the Egusi Soup set

January 23rd, 2014

Today, we had our first production meeting as a full team and it was great to get everyone together. In four weeks time, we’ll be opening at Theatre Royal Bury; here is a sneak peek of the set we’ll be taking on tour!


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Young Writers Workshop

January 22nd, 2014

We’ve got a fantastic group of budding young writers who will be joining us for our Young Writers Workshop this Spring.


Every Saturday from 25 Jan-1 March, we’ll be coming together to read and discuss our work. We’ll also be visited by a brilliant lineup of guest writers who will be leading a workshop on a play that has had a great influence on their own work. Guest writers include Craig Baxter, Suzy Marston, Carl Miller, Dawn King and Ed Harris.

To follow the young writers’ progress, click here.


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Greetings from the Egusi Soup Cast!

January 22nd, 2014

Rehearsals for our national tour of Egusi Soup kick off on 27 January and cast and crew are gearing up for an exciting couple of months.

Watch this space for an Egusi rehearsal blog where you can follow their escapades over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, click here for a greeting from the Egusi Soup cast and hear why they think you should come see the show!

Click here for more information on how to book your tickets.



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Egusi Soup National Tour

January 7th, 2014

After fantastic reviews and a sell-out run in 2012, Egusi Soup is back in new production to serve up family feuds, fights and a good few belly laughs.


Egusi Soup will be going on national tour from 20th February-5th April 2014 and will be visiting Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough Key Theatre, Arts Depot, Hull Truck, Derby Theatre, Birmingham REP, The Albany, and Nottingham Playhouse.


For more details on the tour and how to book tickets, click here.


Click here for a greeting from the Egusi Soup cast and hear why they think you should come to the show!

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Menagerie has moved!

December 17th, 2013

Menagerie is back home at Cambridge Junction. You’ll find our office upstairs on the left- come and say hello!

Our new contact details are as follows:


Cambridge Junction

Clifton Way



01223 403361



Applications for Young Writers Workshop extended!

December 11th, 2013

Applications for our Young Writers Workshop have been extended to 18 Dec. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with professional playwrights, focus on your craft and potentially see your work staged at Hotbed 2014…

Young Writers Workshop 2014 – Application Information


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A busy day in the life of our Artistic Director

December 2nd, 2013


Paul recently gave Cambridge News a glimpse into his busy schedule as Artistic Director, Exec Education and Coach and Facilitator and committed dog walker. Read all about it!

Cambridge News



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Applications for Young Writers Workshop 2014 are open!

November 4th, 2013

Applications for next year’s Young Writers Workshop opens today-4 November. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to work with professional playwrights and hone your own writing skills!

Young Writers Workshop 2014 – Application Information