The People

'People have walked up this High Street for thousands of years. You know, horses and carts, and people walking with things on their backs'

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



Patrick Morris

Patrick is Co-Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company, for whom he directs, performs and runs The Ideas Stage.  As director: The Great Austerity DebateCorrespondenceFour for JerichoLet Newton Be!, The Retreating World.  As performer: bloominauschwitz (Edinburgh Festival 2018), Out of Your Knowledge/Clare's Walk, Frobisher's Gold.  Patrick also runs the community project, A Piece of Cake and contributes to the Activate project at Coleridge Community College.  



Craig Baxter

Craig Baxter is a dramatist writing primarily for the stage but also for screen and radio. Most recently: Eight Days That Made Rome (Channel 5), The Little Big Band (Netherhall School), Jigsaw Pieces, Pictures of You, Somniloquy (Menagerie, Hotbed Festival), Lady Anna: All at Sea (Cambridge Arts Theatre and tour), The Man Who Walked Through Walls (Perse Girls), Let Newton Be!, Re:Design, Like Confessing a Murder (BBC Radio 3) and Monogamy (BBC Radio 4).



Mhari Gallagher

Mhari is a freelance producer and has worked with Menagerie since 2011.  Key projects with Menagerie include: the Hotbed New Writing Theatre Festivals, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; a national tour of Egusi Soup in 2014 by Bruntwood award-winning writer, Janice Okoh andWhy Can't We Live Together? by Steve Waters.  Previously, Mhari worked at Cambridge Arts Theatre in the Education and Marketing departments and as a Creative and Associate Producer.  


Assistant Director

Kanika Clayton

Kanika Clayton is a theatre director, producer and performer. Brought up in Cambridge, she studied at UCL in London and the École Philippe Gaulier in France before returning to her hometown. By day, she works at Cambridge Junction as the Administration and Finance Officer. Most recently, she has performed in the immersive game Secrets of the Cambridge Codebreakers (University of Cambridge Museums) and produced an all-female cabaret in aid of Endometriosis UK.


Journalistic Advisor

Vicky Anning

Vicky Anning is a freelance writer and editor who’s lived in Trumpington for 13 years. She worked as a journalist for magazines and newspapers in California before returning to the UK to work as a writer for local newspapers and a range of national and international charities. Since going freelance, Vicky’s been involved in a number of community projects in Trumpington – most recently capturing residents’ hopes and dreams in print and online as part of the Habitorials project.


Sound Artist

Ankit Malik

Ankit's experience with sound design and music in theatre began in India back in 2014 with The Nautanki Company's production of K?.  In 2017, Ankit worked on the Hotbed Theatre Festival for Menagerie, as well as their play Correspondence which premiered in Prague also in 2017. Recently, Ankit has worked for an Anglia Ruskin creative production called 1916: His Plan of Attack, which is part of The Great War Cycle series, written and directed by Dr. Sean Lang.  Ankit holds a BSc(Hons) in Mass Communication and Videography, and has just finished a BA(Hons) in Creative Music Technology.



Lorelei Lodestar

Lorelei graduated from Lancaster University’s post-graduate performance training programme in 1994 and has spent the past 25 years making, touring and teaching theatre and live art throughout the UK and Europe. Increasingly, her practice has included installation, assemblage and socially engaged work. She completed an MA Fine Art in 2014.



Emma Spearing

Emma trained at East 15 Acting school. Stage Credits include: Cindy in The Plough (BurnBright Theatre), Fran in The Call (The White Bear), Laura in Women of Twilight  (The Pleasance Theatre), Connie and the Suffragettes (Tour), Joan in World Turned Upside Down (Cockpit Theatre). Film credits include: Mrs Hold in The Agency, Claire in The silence After Life and Fran in Red Call. Emma often works with new writing and has devised work that has been shown at The Vault Festival and Shunt. 


Manager at Clay Farm

Alison Sutton

Alison Sutton has been working in Cambridge on the Clay Farm project since April 2016, and she is the Clay Farm Centre's Manager.  Her past employment includes: Library Manager, Retail Manager and Recruitment Consultant.  Each day she travels into Cambridge either by train or car from March, Cambridgeshire, where she lives with her fiancé John and their two German Shepherd dogs and two cats.  She has two grown up children and feels very lucky to be doing the job she does.



Charles Van Heyningen

Charles was born in Holland in 1948 and has lived in more than 30 places in Holland, England and South Africa.  He went to schools in Dunstable, Eindhoven, Johannesburg and Epsom.  He then studied in London before moving to Liverpool, where he worked for most of his career.  He now lives in Cambridge with his wife Ingrid.


Aileen Walsh

Aileen was born in Liverpool and had planned to happily stay north of the M62, but in 2000 her husband's work meant that they both moved to a Cambridge village. In 2014, they moved into Trumpington with their daughter. They are are all now settled into the area and call it home.


Diana Kingston

Diana has lived in Trumpington for 20 years, at first just off the High St and now in a new development. She works part-time as a nurse at Addenbrookes hospital. She has enjoyed the Trumpington Voices interviews hugely as it's been fantastic to hear other people's views and experiences of living in Trumpington. 


Jill Haug

Jill moved from Ely to Trumpington last June with her Norwegian husband and young daughter. Although they moved only 20 miles south, it was still a brand new area and a whole new community for them to get to know.  The Trumpington Voices project struck Jill as a rewarding way to settle in to her new surrounds and an intriguing way to capture a snapshot in time of an area undergoing rapid change. The experience has delivered on both counts. Everyone has a story!


Ursula Stubbings

Ursula was born in Cambridge and trained as a teacher in Norwich, taught in Leicester and then returned to Cambridge. She has lived in Trumpington for 40 years where she still has a few music pupils.  She enjoys many interests including: music, nature , U3A and travelling.


Aileen, Alan Cox, Andrew Roberts, Ben, Catherine Wallace, Cathy, Charlotte Wallace, Chris Points, David Plank, Diana Kingston, Emma Heras, Fiona Westlake, Frida, Freya, Hellen Stadnik, Irene Neeves, Isabel, Jane Monk, Jill, Jon Heras, Julie, Kathy Hamilton, Ken, Kit Westlake, Lee Carder, Lisanne Doran, Lucy, Margaret Cowling, Margarida Serejo, Merete Soerensen, Millie, Mohammed, Pascha Milner, Peter Westlake, Philippa Slatter, Rachel Rose, Rebecca, Rachana Ramarao, Ruth Johnson, Sabine, Sam, Serena Michell, Sophie, Tom, Ursula Stubbings, Vicky, Viv Chou and all those who wished to remain anonymous.


Anett Lazar, Axelle Ghidossi, Barbara Burgess, Cassie Woodfin, Charles Van Heyningen, Emma Spearing, Freyja Woodfin, Helen Paterson, Michelle Johnson, Olga Ver, Peter Durrant