Trumpington Voices

Trumpington Voices

'Wow, all this going on around me, it's fantastic!'

Trumpington Voices is a public art project led by Menagerie Theatre Company. The project records stories and experiences of *Trumpington’s diverse community during a time of radical change and re-shaping.  It sets out to understand how Trumpington, the place, impacts upon its residents’ lives.  What has emerged more strongly is the reverse: the residents’ extraordinary impact upon Trumpington.

Two distinct products have come out of the project: a verbatim play performed by local residents, which draws directly from interviews with Trumpington residents, and a sound archive of the more than 50 conversations recorded by a team of interviewers, themselves Trumpington residents. 

This website hosts testimony from volunteers, theatre professionals and other project participants.  It gives background information on the interviews, the play-making process and the people that made it all happen.   

Trumpington Voices is funded by Cambridge City Council.

Performances of the play will take place at The Clay Farm Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June 2018.  To book tickets, click here

*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.   In all, 4000 new dwellings will have been built by the time construction comes to an end.




The Project

The project started in November 2017 and reaches its conclusion in June 2018.  Members of the Trumpington community have been at the heart of the project from the beginning until the end.  Residents have taken on roles as interviewers and interviewees as well as forming the acting company to perform the play.  Their stories form the fabric of the play's text and their stories are in the sound archive.  Read on to find out more about the process.


The People

The project has been made possible by a team of professionals and a large number of Trumpington Residents.

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Menagerie interviewed 58 Trumpington residents, aged 12 to 86, who live in all parts of Trumpington, old and new.  The interviews were carried out between November 2017 - April 2018.  At the time of the interviews, some had lived in their homes for a matter of weeks, others had been there for over 70 years.



The Production

The production of Trumpington Voices is a verbatim play by local playwright, Craig Baxter, and it is based on the interviews of Trumpington residents about the place they live in. 

Performances of the play will be held at Clay Farm Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June.  Clay Farm is a new shared-facility space overlooking Hobson Square, in the heart of one of the new developments in Trumpington. 

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Sound Archive

The sound archive is the enduring legacy of Trumpington Voices.  The interviews carried out between November 2017 – April 2018 were the starting point of the project and show the diversity of age, experience and culture at the core of the Trumpington community.  

They are all available to listen to online.

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