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Founded in 2014, People Zoo positively popped onto the scene with their first (and currently only) ‘Pint Sized’ night, where audiences were treated to 3 short plays, all for the price of one long play. Bargain!

After this initial peak came a plateau, a period of introspection. Questions were asked. ‘Who am People Zoo?’, ‘Why is we?’, ‘Is Clare really ditching us?’ and many more equally pertinent queries.

But now, ladies and gentlemen, the introspection section is over. People Zoo are on the rise, like the proverbial partridge, nobly fluttering forth from the pear tree once the seasonal festivities are over.

We know who we are. We Are People Zoo.

Jack Hanna

"Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild."

The cast of 'Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness', Hope Mill Theatre, October 2017

Directed by Evelyn Roberts

Production photography: Tom Barker Photography

From left to right: Moureen Louie, Stewart Campbell,

Matthew Gee and Shaun Hennessey

THE People


Evelyn Roberts Managing Director

Evelyn is an actor, director, producer, papier-mache-er decorator, bag lady frodo-alike and writer and one of the founding members of People Zoo Productions. 

She also updates the website but tends to get overwhelmed and leaves things half fini

MATT holt Artistic Director 

Matt is an actor and writer who founded People Zoo in 1991 but only told people about it in 2014. He likes fields, rhubarb flavoured soft drinks and playing sports because he's a lad.

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it."

Augusto Boal

Recent work             

includes 'Edward   

Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness' at Hope Mill Theatre, 'Planet Caravan' at Oldham Library Theatre, 'The Horse Show', a comedy sketch show at Camden People's Theatre and 'The Trial' as part of HOME Mcr's PUSH Festival 2017. Check out our full catalogue

by following the

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Our work


To explore with our audiences what it means to be human - using both modern and classic texts.


To give Manchester a taste

of something different. 


To place fun and joy at the core of all our work.


To raise the standard of Manchester's independent theatre with every production we do.


Gain national recognition for Manchester as a home of first class independent theatre


Humility - Pretension is not our style. We will get things wrong and we're ok with that. 


Diversity - We will exist as a diverse team of people from all backgrounds both 

on and off stage. Our differences make us better.

"From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun."



Click below to get up to date information on our latest announcements

and projects.

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