Trumpington Voices

A Public Art Project by Menagerie Theatre Company 2017-18, in collaboration with

Clay Farm Community Centre.

Trumpington Voices  is an exciting new arts project which records and shapes the voices of a diverse community undergoing a process of radical change and re-shaping.  It aims to capture people’s stories about how ‘Place’ impacts upon their lives.  The place in question is the established community of Trumpington and the new communities of Clay Farm, Trumpington Meadows and Glebe Farm which are currently under construction.

The project involves interviewing up to 100 people who live in Trumpington, particularly around the interface of the new and established inhabited areas.  We are interviewing a diverse cross-section of the community.  Menagerie Theatre Company will work with Cambridge playwright Craig Baxter to compose these voices into a text.  The result will be a high-quality piece of spoken word, professionally conceived and supported, with the majority of the performers drawn from the community.  It will be a major community event, held in June 2018.  The legacy will feature a sound archive of the collected voices, a text of the performed play, an online photo gallery of the process, all of which will be freely available.

Patrick Morris, co-Artistic Director of Menagerie, leads the project.  Alongside the writer, he is working with a sound artist and a locally-based journalist to form the core artistic team working alongside him.  Key other collaborators are Alison Sutton, Manager of Clay Farm Community Centre, and Vicky Haywood, Community Development Officer.  They are both supporting, and contributing to, the project with their extensive local knowledge of Trumpington.

The project will highlight the role of Clay Farm Centre as a place for community expression.  The theme revolves around time ‘past, present and future’ hopes, dreams and stories for Trumpington: exploring participants’ relationship to the place where they live and its impact upon them.  We have trained 6 local people to be volunteer interviewers.  They will listen to and record a diverse cross-section of Trumpington’s inhabitants.

Trumpington Voices is about collecting stories, articulating them and creating memories of communities in transition.  It takes place while construction is still ongoing, while people are still moving in, while houses may not even be on maps.  More than capturing a moment in time, it aims to unearth a process of change through the voices of people who are both making and experiencing that change.  If you would be interested in being interviewed for the project, please get in touch.

Contact Patrick Morris: or 01223 403361