Joint Statement on the Theatre Industry

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 by Tricycle

Monday 23rd October 2017

Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry. 

We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.  

We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre’s Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account. 

It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.  

We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre. Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do.


Statement from (in alphabetical order)

Almeida Theatre – Rupert Goold, Denise Wood

Battersea Arts Centre – David Jubb

Bridge Theatre – Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr

Bush Theatre – Madani Younis, Jon Gilchrist

Donmar Warehouse – Josie Rourke, Kate Pakenham

Gate Theatre – Ellen McDougall, Anthony Simpson-Pike, Jo Royce

Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall, Greg Ripley-Duggan

London Theatre Consortium – Emma Rees

Lyric Hammersmith – Sean Holmes, Sian Alexander

National Theatre –  Rufus Norris, Lisa Burger

Old Vic – Matthew Warchus, Kate Varah

Royal Court Theatre – Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies

Royal Shakespeare Company – Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon

Shakespeare’s Globe – Emma Rice

Soho Theatre – Steve Marmion, Mark Godfrey

SOLT / UK Theatre – Julian Bird

Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nadia Fall, Deborah Sawyerr

Tricycle Theatre – Indhu Rubasingham, Bridget Kalloushi

Young Vic – David Lan, Lucy Woollatt


Backing Brent’s Bid

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by Tricycle

The Tricycle Theatre is backing Brent’s bid for London Borough of Culture 2020.

Back The Bid

Brent is a borough full of creativity, energy and potential. With food, fashion, music and arts from all over the world, Brent is bidding to be London Borough of Culture 2020 to celebrate the best of our borough and showcase its creativity to the world.

This award will also help make Brent a brilliant place where everyone has the chance to be creative and enjoy living and playing for years to come.

Find out more about the London Borough of Culture 2020, including ways you can back Brent’s bid, by visiting



Tricycle Transformed: Capital Project Update

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

Our ambitious Capital Project is well underway! Right now, work is being done to make our theatre, backstage and front of house spaces accessible, provide our award-winning programme with a home it deserves, and secure our future.

Here’s an update on how the project is going, in which we we talk to some of the people who are making it happen, including the architects, builders and consultants.

There are several ways you can support our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Mapping Brent

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Tricycle

In 2017 the Tricycle Theatre joined forces with six venues across the North London borough of Brent to deliver six new theatre companies.

Venturing out into Neasden, South Kilburn, Stonebridge, Wembley Park, Harlesden and Kilburn, Mapping Brent was our most ambitious outreach project to date, and saw more than 100 young people from across the borough meet weekly to develop their acting skills and build their confidence.

Led by twelve professional playwrights and directors from across the industry, Mapping Brent extended the Tricycle’s Creative Learning programme across the borough to build lasting relationships with communities and gave young people a voice and a platform to be heard.

Here’s a look at that process…


Tricycle Theatre receives 1 million pound cash boost from Brent Council

Monday, June 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

We are delighted to announce that Brent Council has awarded the Tricycle a large portion of the remaining funds needed to complete our ambitious Capital Project. Here is the statement from Brent:

Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre is edging closer to securing the funds it needs to complete a major refurbishment after Brent Council approved funding of £1 million.

The iconic cultural venue on Kilburn High Road, has been at the heart of the borough’s vibrant arts scene since the 1980s and has already raised £5.5 million towards its renovation. The council funding will help the theatre to increase capacity by 25% from 232 to 292 seats, substantially improve accessibility and wheelchair access, enable the theatre to extend the range of activities they run and make improvements to its frontage.

With plans for improvement works on Kilburn High Road around the theatre also agreed, the 30 year partnership between Brent Council and the much loved theatre looks set to continue.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said: “The Tricycle Theatre has been a cultural hub for Kilburn, Brent and London since 1980. In recognition of the theatre’s economic, social and culture benefits the council has agreed to support its renovation with a grant of £1 million.

“The Tricycle is one of London’s most respected and loved theatres and the council is delighted to have secured its future as we build on the strong and positive relationship we have built up over the decades.”

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre said: “All of us at the Tricycle are beyond delighted by this game-changing contribution from Brent Council that puts us within reaching distance of achieving this hugely exciting and ambitious project. It is hard to put into words what this means, but ultimately it will allow us to accomplish our vision for the Tricycle and become a better version of ourselves. More facilities, much improved accessibility, increased capacity and a significantly enhanced experience for all who come through our door. We intend to make Brent proud of the Tricycle, a local theatre with an international presence that will be a beacon on Kilburn High Road.”

The works are due to be completed next year with the theatre set to re-open in spring 2018. 

Tricycle Transformed: View from the stalls | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: View from the stage | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: Impression of the foyer | Image: Chapman Waterworth

There are several ways you can donate to our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Mikel Murfi: how I made The Man In The Woman’s Shoes

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Tricycle

Mikel Murfi is returning to the Tricycle in June, following his sell-out success here last year. Mikel will be presenting his new show, I Hear You And Rejoice, as well as additional performances of his 2016 hit The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. We spoke to Mikel, who told us how he created The Man In The Womans Shoes

Mikel Murfi in The Man In The Woman's Shoes, 2016 | Photo: Mark DouetSome time back, I began a journey around my home county of Sligo, in the west of Ireland. I was gathering stories. I was meeting groups of older folk, retirement groups, active age groups, history groups, all with the intention of researching a play with them, something which, later that year, I was to bring back to them. I had been commissioned by my local theatre The Hawk’s Well and the Sligo Arts Office to make a theatre piece for Bealtaine (the Gaelic word for the month of May) — an annual national festival which celebrates creativity in older age groups. And I met with the most wonderful people.

Irish people like two things mainly: talking and tea. So, over that month and copious amounts of tea, we celebrated living and people and stories — shared thoughts on ageing, talked characters and notated vernacular. When my ‘visitations’ were done I went away and wrote The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. Some months later I returned to my new friends and performed the play for them. The process was, I suppose, to give the groups I was working with an opportunity to engage ‘with the actor fella’ and to see their creative input take to the stages or floors of their halls or community centres or in the case of the ‘world premiere’ — in the foyer of St John’s Hospital Sligo.

I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to make a work at home and with people who had no particular interest or background in theatre. I hope that the spirit of these people comes through in the play. I hope I’ve
made something of who they are. It’s nostalgic and purposefully sentimental.

I wanted to reflect back to these groups their own lives – to show them themselves – to celebrate them, to document them and to honour them. They were a delight each and every one of them. And I’m still on the journey, gathering stories and recording folk as I go.


The Man In The Woman’s Shoes will be at the Tricycle for selected dates from 5 June, and I Hear You And Rejoice for all dates from 10 June — 1 July (excluding Sundays). Book your tickets today!