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Full production


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Dates & TIMEs: Fri, 2pm & sat, 3.30pm

Running Time: 90 mins
TICKETS: &8, £6 (concessions)

A dynamic and powerful adaptation of the original 1933 play, this English-language world premiere, translated from Ukrainian, incorporates puppetry and an original musical score.

Maklena tells the story of a 13 year old girl who fixates on a fairy-tale vision of the Soviet Union.  Communist propaganda, magical geese band her family's bleak reality become blurred in her imagination and Maklena's dream of joining the revolution takes her down a dangerous path.  Presented by Night Train Theatre Company.


Full Production

antigone: now

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dates & TIMEs: fri, 5pm & 9.35pm

running time: 80 mins
TICKETS: £8, £6 (concessions)

Written by Sophocles in 442 B.C., and presented in a new adaptation, Antigone: Now tells the tale of a young heroine who goes against society to honour the death of her brother.  This new powerfully physical version of the play depicts the empowerment of women and the crucial issues modern societies must grapple with today.  Presented by Acting Now Theatre Company.

Acting Now is a social theatre company based in Cambridge (UK).


Full production (in Czech with English surtitles)


Written and performed by milena steinmasslova

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dates & TIMEs: fri,6.30pm & sat, 6.45pm

running time: 60 mins
TICKETS:£8 & £6 (concessions)

Untitled is the moving story of HE and SHE written and performed by famous Czech actress Milena Steinmasslová.

SHE is a former acrobat and clown. Her career ended by a stroke. SHE now lives alone in a caravan on the outskirts of the city.  HE is a typical son of the border town in the Czech Republic. HE is without work, without education, without opportunity, living as a petty thief.  One day their paths cross and two people, seemingly without a future, spend a few magical moments together.

A performance of poetry and movement presented with a minimum of words, yet full of acrobatic etudes. A story of isolation and the fear of loneliness, it is nevertheless full of hope, desire and humour: humour as a superstructure of thought. Humour as a leak before thinking.  Untitled is a world premiere performance by Divadlo 6-16: Prague is presented by two actors and one musician.


full production


written and Performed by pat kinevane

directed by jim culleton

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date & TIME: fri, 8pm

running time: 95 mins
TICKETS: £12.50, £10 (concessions)

Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person

Homeless McGoldrig has lost it all - including his mind. Dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production for which Fishamble: The New Play Company and Pat Kinevane won an Olivier Award. 

WINNER: Olivier Award

WINNER: Fringe First and Herald Angel

 ‘unflinching, intensely physical performance...bristling with black humour’ **** The Scotsman


community project

mums: in the making

devised and performed by drama group: a piece of cake

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date & TIME: sat, 12.15pm

running time: 45 mins

Mums: In The Making is a Menagerie backed community theatre piece by Abbey Mums Drama Group: A Piece of Cake. In the course of their weekly meetings, the group have generated a patchwork of scenes which echo the unpredictable journey of motherhood…. and through original movement and text, they question everything about what it means to be a mum with all its pain and glory. 


staged reading of a work in progress



directed by paul bourne


date & TIME: sat, 1pm

running time: 70 mins

Award-winning, Channel Four Writer-in-Residence , Janice Okoh (Egusi Soup), presents the first draft of her new play Sleeper as a staged reading. 

Three people. Three dreams. One nightmare. 

A comic drama about love, life and surrogacy. 

Draft One. Month One.


Full production

the museum of maps: tales from beyond the city

performed by coleridge community college students

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date & Time: Sat, 2.25pm

running time: 60mins
Venue: j3
Tickets: £5 

Meet the map-makers and explorers who have excavated little-known parts of Cambridge.  Beyond the medieval city-centre and in its dark corners, they have discovered artefacts and myths depicting some extraordinary lives.  Hosted and performed by ACTIVATE students from Coleridge Community College.

ACTIVATE offers young people the opportunity to learn new creative skills, discover arts and culture venues across Cambridge and gain an Arts Award qualification as well as gaining confidence, exploring other opportunities open to them and developing their roles as young community leaders.  

The project is supported by: Menagerie Theatre Company, NIE Theatre, Cambridge Junction, Kettles Yard, Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Cambridge and University of Cambridge Museums.

a reading and script development workshop


by fraser grace

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date & Time: sat, 5.05pm

running time: 95 mins
Venue: j3
Tickets: £8, £6 (concessions)

BLISS is an open workshop on a new play by one of Menagerie’s Associate Writers, Fraser Grace (Breakfast with Mugabe and Always Orange for the RSC, and for Menagerie: Gifts of War, Frobisher’s Gold and Tongues).

Based on a gorgeous short story by the Russian writer Andrey Platonov (1899-1951), the new play (working title: BLISS) is both a love story and a tale of souls bruised perhaps beyond repair.


Full Production


written and performed by pat kinevane

directed by jim culleton

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date & TIME: sat, 8.15pm


This stunning solo play, by Fishamble: The New Play Company, is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life.

 WINNER: Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award

WINNER: The Scotsman Fringe First Award 

WINNER: Best Solo Performance, LA Stage Raw Awards

 ‘EXTRAORDINARY… sit back and enjoy.’ New York Times

‘BRILLIANT… striking…excellent…a masterpiece’  **** Irish Times