The Ideas Stage


The Ideas Stage develops creative partnerships with universities to find new and imaginative methods of public engagement.  We use theatre to distil and present the social, scientific and cultural ideas which shape our world.  This can involve the exploration of initial research questions, the dissemination of research findings, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

“This is the theatre of ideas at its very finest. It is mesmerizing, inventive, and provocative”

SCIENCE Magazine on ‘Let Newton Be!

Each project has a unique raison d’etre, direction and audience, sometimes originating with Menagerie, at other times with an academic partner.  We work closely with partners to identify the most engaging methods of reaching specific audiences.

The Ideas Stage is currently working with the University of Cambridge’s Geography Department on The Great Austerity Debate, collaborating with Dr Mia Gray and Professor Susan Smith.  Previous projects and partners include  QMUL and Amnesty International (Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights!), the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University (Pictures of You), UEA and the University of Texas.  The Ideas Stage has toured nationally and internationally to the Ireland, USA, Canada and Turkey with two verbatim plays drawn from the works of Charles Darwin (Re:Design) and Isaac Newton (Let Newton Be!).  More recently, our ‘What’s Up Doc?’ collaborations between playwrights and academics have explored a variety of contemporary concerns at the Hotbed Festivals 2013-16.

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We are open to approaches from academics and research institutions. If you would like to discuss a project, please contact Patrick Morris, Ideas Stage Director.


Tel: 44-(0)1223 403361