Announcing our newest company member for “Mary, Mary”

It’s all excitement at Theatre Mensch. 20 days until we open Mary, Mary so get booking!

Publicity has been crazy! Here’s a quick roundup:

Mary, Mary is up for a “Stagedoor Camden Fringe Award” If you have an iPhone or iPad download the Stagedoor app and take a look at our Facebook post about what this means and how to vote for us.

Our Artistic Director Ashleigh Loeb was featured in a piece about Mary, Mary in The Islington Tribune.

And finally, Mary, Mary was picked by Now You Know Production’s “The Open Door” newsletter as one of their Camden Fringe Top 20 picks:


But we’ve most definitely reserved the most exciting news ’till last!

During the Mary, Mary development it became clear to us that we wanted to get another performer onboard and last Wednesday was audition day!

Although we wanted to cast someone who could specifically play some of the male parts in our play, we decided to see men and women audition as we wanted to have as open a mind as possible. We saw some really fantastic talent and were so thankful to everyone who came along to audition for us.

After some deliberation, we finally decided that we wanted the wonderful Katy Helps to come and join the Mary, Mary company. Katy has lots of experience playing multiple roles and really blew us away with the way she transformed into characters during her audition.


We’re so excited to start rehearsing with Katy next week!

One month ’till Mary!


Saturday 20th August is already booking up fast so make sure you get booking, especially if you want tickets.

Today we sorted our set. Here’s a little sneak peek from our Mary Shelley: Fran Burgoyne’s twitter:

As you’ve possibly seen from our social media, we’ve had some great media interest in “Mary, Mary”:

London Theatre 1 named us one of their top picks of the Camden Fringe.

While The Machmont Society have also featured us on their blog.

One month and counting…


Mary, Mary – Camden Fringe tickets on sale!

Tickets went on sale today for our Camden Fringe premier of Mary, Mary at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Buy them on the Camden Fringe website here.

Tickets are £8 full price and £6 concessions.

We are currently in progress with our devising process and have made some fascinating discoveries, which we’re really excited to share with you!

Writer/Director Ashley Pearson and company member Francesca Burgoyne devising Mary, Mary

Mary, Mary at the Camden Fringe

So finally – we can share our news:

Theatre Mensch

are proud to present the premier of

Mary, Mary


The Camden Fringe 2016!

At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre 2pm on 20th and 21st August!

Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Image for Mary, Mary at the Camden Fringe 2016

Wahooo!!! Shout it from the rooftops and mark it in your diaries. Tickets have yet to go on sale but we will let you know as soon as they do. We will also be bringing you updates from the rehearsal room. To whet your appetite, read our blog from last year’s R&D on the show. The above publicity image was kindly created for us the wonderful Andy at SableIndustries.

Lost Property – directors meeting

In a couple of weeks, we will be at the Little Angel‘s studios, having been given a few days of R&D to develop Lost Property as part of their Incubate programme.

Yesterday, Lost Property Director Peyvand and Theatre Mensch Artistic Director Ashleigh, met up for a coffee and a chat about the direction development would take.

Character seems key in this piece, and it was identified that in order to find the characters, we really needed to play with objects that would embody the characters. As well as the obvious main character of the backpack, what item would represent the owner, what would represent her post Hampstead cousins?

We also realised that in order to effectively play with all these object characters, we would need some extra hands. We realised we would need some additional puppetry performers to help us play and develop the piece.

If you are interested in getting involved – please do get in touch via our contact page.

So all-in-all a very productive meeting with lots to get to work on. We’re looking forward to getting up on our feet and playing Lost Property. Many thanks the Little Angel for supporting Theatre Mensch by providing the R&D space.