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Janice Okoh is a Channel Four Playwright In Residence 2018

October 18th, 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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‘bloominauschwitz’ heads to Edinburgh

July 25th, 2018

bloominauschwitz, by Richard Fredman, is now in rehearsal for its forthcoming run at the Edinburgh Fringe.  It plays at The Just Festival @ St John’s from 3 – 25th August.  Complete with re-writes and re-thinks, we are delighted to be fully launching the show for its first extended run.  It features the stunning performance of Patrick Morris and the expert direction of Rachel Aspinwall, who have both been at the heart of the project since we first commissioned it.  A play about migration, home, collective memory and our enduring ability to imagine new futures.  There could be no better way to spend 90 minutes in Edinburgh this August….

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Hotbed 2018 July 6-7th at Cambridge Junction

July 3rd, 2018

Come down to Cambridge Junction on Friday and Saturday 6-7th July, to see some exciting new theatre from the UK, Ireland and Czech Republic.  Young UK company, Night Train, premiere their innaugural piece, Maklena.  From Ireland we welcome back Fishamble with 2 shows, Silent and Underneath.  And from the Czech Republic, with a world premiere of Untitled we host Divadlo 6-16 Prague, featuring leading Czech performer Milena Steinmasslova.

Full detail of the whole festival, which also features workshops, readings and community performances, are available here. 

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Menagerie Associate Writer Janice Okoh wins the Bruntwood Award!

November 28th, 2011

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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44J Review

August 30th, 2011

Theatre review: Four For Jericho


By David Pollock
Published: 24/8/2011


You wouldn’t expect the words “comedy romp” and “West Bank” to sit well together, but playwright Richard Fredman and director Patrick Morris have produced a piece that’s thoughtful and amusing.

Paul Brendan is Michael, a wide-eyed and utterly naive Sunday school teacher who’s journeyed to the Holy Land – a “Christian who dresses like a Jew” – to shoot a film for his class and impress his estranged wife with his adventuring ways. Yet Michael isn’t that convincing, says Josh Becker’s Fouad, the poor Palestinian farmer who drives him to Jericho; “a proper settler Jew would have a machine gun”.

This is a strong play filled with compelling performances, including Chandrika Chevli as Michael’s principled love interest Izzy, and Emma Beattie with a star turn as the brash, pregnant, anti-Palestinian Jewish-American migrant Rachel, whose baby-booming mission is “repopulating the Holy Land”.

Perhaps it’s long on jovial daytime radio-play humour, but Fredman’s experience of living in the region adds richness and depth, while balanced political points are slipped in rather than hammered home.

• Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

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