Mapping Brent Launch

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Tricycle

Our most ambitious Takeover to date,
in 6 venues across the borough

Today we’re announcing the launch of Mapping Brent, a brand new initiative that will see six new theatre companies created – five for young people, and a sixth for all ages. This unique project will see the Tricycle work on a weekly basis with 6 satellite venues across our home borough of Brent in a bid to engage communities and participants – many of whom have not previously engaged in arts – on their ‘home turf’.

Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham stands speaking to a group of people sat downArtistic Director Indhu Rubasingham announces the project

With the support of funding secured from Brent London Borough Council, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, John Lyons and Arts Council England, the Tricycle has been able to ensure attendance at all 6 theatre companies will be completely free of charge, enabling the companies to be fully accessible and open to all. Mapping Brent will take place across the borough, with workshops, events and activities taking place in Neasden, South Kilburn, Stonebridge, Wembley Park, Harlesden and Kilburn.

Twelve professional playwrights and directors from the across the industry have been engaged to lead the project. This will include Sonali Bhattacharyya, Cressida Brown, Toby Clarke, Tinuke Craig, Emma Dennis Edwards, Shereen Jasmin-Phillips, Chino Odimba, Nadia Papachronopoulou, Toby Peach, Somalia Seaton and Audrey Sheffield.

A group of 20 people sit watching a video of a Takeover 2014 participantWe screen a video about the origin of our first Tricycle Takeover as part of the Mapping Brent announcement

Beginning this month, the six companies will meet for the first time, with participants, all of whom have been drawn from the local community commencing on an intensive programme to develop their acting skills across a period of 20 sessions. The project will culminate in the creation of 6 new and original performance pieces. In spring 2017, these new performances will be given a platform as part of the most ambitious Tricycle Takeover to date – which will see the our annual week-long celebration of performances taking place in the six satellite venues – a first for the project.

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, said “Today more than ever it is vital for us to give young people a voice and a platform to be heard. The work our young companies produce will tell us what matters to them, what’s on their mind and how they view the world today.

“We want to make a commitment to work with young people from across Brent, engage with people in their community and to form lasting relationships.”


Professional Participants

Tinuke Craig is an award winning director and has worked at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, across the West End and Gate Theatre.

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an established writer of stage, screen and radio plays. Her stage commissions include Twelve (Kali Theatre), These Four Streets (Birmingham Rep), A Thin Red Line (Kali Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring), and the South Bank Show award nominated White Open Spaces (Pentabus Theatre). She is a graduate of the Royal Court writers’ group, London College of the Arts MA in Screenwriting, Birmingham Rep equal attachment programme and the BBC Writers’ Academy.

Shereen Jasmin-Phillips graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010, her writing credits include I love you, I’m just not in Love with you (Lyric Hammersmith), Hidden (Hampstead Theatre), There is no conflict without drama (Old Vic), Thin Line In-between (Waterloo East Theatre), Hidden (Ovalhouse), Park Bench (Notre Dame School), Cortae (Talawa Theatre Company) and One Two Five (Soho Theatre).

Toby Clarke is a ground-breaking director of young artists, having pioneered programs and directed shows at The National Theatre and Ovalhouse Theatre, as well as co-founding his own company Sketty Theatre.

Somalia Seaton is the Artistic Director of No Ball Games Allowed, creating work with young people at its core. Her debut play Crowning Glory (Theatre Royal Stratford East) was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award. Other writing credits include, Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier (RSC) in addition to plays for Press Road Youth Theatre in Neasden.

Chino Odimba is an established writer having written Amongst The Reeds (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and The Yard Theatre), Joanne (Latitude Festival and Soho Theatre), Through Water and Stars (the Royal Court), The Bird Woman of Lewisham (Arcola Theatre) and His Name is Ishmael a (Bristol Old Vic). Chino’s play Wild is de Wind was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize and she is currently a member of NW6, an invited group of writers working on a seed commission with the Tricycle Theatre over the course of a year.

Audrey Sheffield has completed directing programs at the Young Vic and through invited workshops at the National Theatre Studio, the RSC and with Peter Brook. Recent directing work includes plays and projects at the Arcola, the Finborough, the National Theatre and NT Studio, the Park Theatre and Theatre503. And she has worked as Associate/Assistant Director at the National Theatre, the RSC, the Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre and in the West End. Audrey is currently developing a new play The Scar Test, alongside playwright Hannah Khalil for a UK and London tour.

Nadia Papachronopoulou has worked in Greece and in London, directing plays at The Orange Tree Theatre, National Theatre of Wales and Theatre 503. She has also worked with young people for the Almeida Theatre, Barbican Theatre and Central School of Speech and Drama.


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