The Great Austerity Debate video now online
Following the pilot tour of The Great Austerity Debate, we’ve not got a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film to watch, including interviews with collaborators Mia Gray and Susan Smith, along with on-the-spot reactions of audience members in Cambridge and London.
The Great Austerity Debate gets underway at the 2016 Festival of Ideas.
Our new Ideas Stage project, The Great Austerity Debate, goes out on tour from October 28th to November 4th,opening at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It is a forum theatre piece which tackles highly charged questions about the uneven effects of austerity. Forum theatre relies on interactivity between audience and characters – playful, creative and empowering, it invites audiences to explore potential solutions to the problems that the play throws up. We’re delighted to be collaborating with 2 researchers from the University of Cambridge’s Geography Department, Prof. Susan Smith and Dr Mia Gray. Their questions and concerns have inspired the play and they will tour with us. Take a look a the great-austerity-debate-final-eflyer for further details of where we’re taking The Great Austerity Debate. More about the project here.
New What’s Up Doc? commission for Hotbed 2016 from award-winner Ed Harris
Our What’s Up Doc? commission for this year’s Hotbed Theatre Festival is Chevalier d’Eon by Sony radio drama award-winner Ed Harris. It’s a collaboration with Dr Joseph Harris of Royal Holloway University of London whose area of expertise is transvestisism and lesbianism in 17th century French Literature. It’s sure to be an exciting piece and it premieres at Cambridge Junction on Saturday July 9th, for two performances, before heading to Oxford Playhouse for one performance on Saturday July 16th. Full details of all Hotbed events can be found here.
Menagerie in MRC-funded ‘Pictures of You‘ collaboration with CBU at 2016 Science Festival
We are appearing at the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival, in an event organised by the Cognition and Brain Science Unit (CBU) on Friday March 18th. Craig Baxter’s play, ‘Pictures of You‘, inspired by research into emotional disorders and mental imagery by Dr Martina di Simplicio and Professor Emily Holmes, will feature. This is a great follow-on for ‘Pictures‘ which was developed for last year’s Hotbed Festival. We will show scenes from the play, shaping them around two debates: one on cognitive sciences, and the other on arts/sciences collaborations in the field of mental health. Fuller details, including how to book, here. The event will run 5 – 7.30pm on Friday 18th March at the CBU 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge CB2 7EF.
Menagerie partner with New Writing South for 2016 ‘What’s Up Doc?’ Commissions
Menagerie is teaming up with New Writing South to promote the ‘What’s Up Doc?’ commissions for Hotbed 2016. NWS will host a workshop for writers and researchers on February 22nd 2016 at their base in Brighton. We will cover all the bases in an informative and inspiring workshop, aimed at writers who wish to experiment and collaborate. For full details of this workshop click here. More ‘What’s Up Doc?’ roadshows will be announced early in the new year.
Ideas Stage at Hotbed 2015.
Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights!
The documentary video for the Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights! project is available for viewing. This 2012-14 Ideas Stage project partnered Menagerie’s Patrick Morris with Professor Alan Dignam of QMUL and Amnesty International. We developed and produced seven human rights engagement events in Ireland and the UK. The video is a great way to see how a project developed and discover some of the outcomes for Menagerie and our collaborator Alan Dignam. Read more about the project here.