The Tricycle's 30th Birthday Party

Monday, March 21st, 2011 by Tricycle

With only 9 days to go till we hold our 30th Birthday Party the excitement, nerves (occasional panic!) are mounting!

This year we’re making 30 years of the Tricycle the focus of our annual fundraising event and we’ve set ourselves the goal of giving our guests the best party ever and raising record amounts. The party is catered by top London company The Cellar Society and is being held at a rather chic venue in Holland Park, the Louise Blouin Foundation.

There will be entertainment from the gorgeous Jessie Buckley (who was the runner up in the Andrew Lloyd Webber series auditioning for ‘Nancy’ in Oliver!) and Imelda Staunton. The Tricycle Singers will be kicking off the entertainment and have been rehearsing hard for weeks for this opportunity to perform. Our party host and MC is Jim Carter, who will keep everything moving at a fair pace and is, in his own words, a ‘merciless auctioneer’!

Auctions are a popular way of raising money at events like these, and this year the Tricycle guests have quite a dazzling selection of prizes to bid for. Jim, a fanatical cricketer, will be auctioning off himself – to accompany the winner to a test match a Lords, Jon Snow has offered the chance to watch him record the news, a stunning Tuscan villa for 14 is available, as is a walk-on part in a big film and tea at the Dorchester with a surprise celebrity. There are high quality raffle prizes and a silent auction of another 30 great prizes. Following the auction, guests can dance the night away to the shameless, blameless fun of Guilty Pleasures.

Many of the guests attending have given much to the Tricycle over the years, and while the party is a way to say thank you, the real objective of the evening is to raise money so that the Tricycle can continue with its work. The present financial climate and Arts Council and other statutory cuts make it all the more challenging to deliver great theatre and an extensive, inclusive education programme, so our aim for the party is to raise money to shore up against these difficult times.
Of course, many hundreds of people who have supported the Tricycle over the years won’t be at the party. This is why on May 22nd we’re holding an ‘Open House’ and inviting all to drop in and enjoy free entertainment and refreshments through the day.

The Louise Blouin Foundation

The Louise Blouin Foundation