Mara Menzies grew up on the Kenyan coast, daughter of a Scottish father and Kenyan mother. Having moved to Edinburgh, she was determined that her daughter Imani would grow up with a rich appreciation for her African heritage, so she wrote her a story.
What started life as simple picture book evolved into ‘Toto Tales’, Scotland’s finest performing arts company dedicated to bringing African stories to life, of which Mara is the creative director.
Her dream is to share her wealth of stories from across the continent, inspiring, educating, challenging perceptions and entertaining. Her stories are thought provoking, accessible, interactive and an awful lot of fun!