Menagerie Theatre Company is the leading independent new writing company in the East of England. We seek out and support talented new writers in order to develop and produce innovative new theatre. We work with artists at all levels from first-time writers to nationally recognised playwrights, designers, actors and producers.


The cornerstone of our work is the annual new writing theatre festival, Hotbed. Since 2002 Hotbed has been a crucible for new work, with full productions of commissioned plays, rehearsed readings, workshops and masterclasses. Through Hotbed, we have presented new work by leading lights such as Naomi Wallace, Fraser Grace, Steve Waters, Tim Etchells and Diane Samuels, along with scores of lesser-known writers.

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