Blog Takeover: Bred Monologues now available online!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Tricycle

It’s official, Takeover 2016: Paradise is OVER! And what a whirlwind those 11 days were. Over 50 events, 3,000 audience members in the theatre, 160 people attending workshops and talks with 500 young performers and artists making it all happen.

If you’re sad that Takeover is done for another year, why not get involved in Takeover 2017? Email and let us know what interests you!

We had some amazing reviews for the Tricycle Young Company performances of Bred and Switch:


‘An absolute triumph’
A Younger Theatre

‘Laugh-out-loud material’
London Theatre 1


‘Fun and exciting’
Kilburn Times

‘I declare my inaugural immersive theatre experience a success’
London Theatre 1

If you missed Bred, or if you didn’t have time to listen to every monologue as part of the installation, then you can now listen to all the Bred monologues online below. If you would like to know more about the inspiration and process behind Bred, visit the web page here.

Please note that the monologues below may contain some sexual references and may not be suitable for younger listeners.


A technical issue in the cinema

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Tricycle

We’re very sorry to say that due to a technical fault, our cinema screenings for Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March have had to be cancelled.

We are hoping to have the issue resolved by Thursday evening, but please check our social media channels for the latest information.

We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this causes.

If you would like to speak to someone about a refund, please contact our Box Office on 020 7328 1000.


Tricycle Launches NW6 New Writing Festival

Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Tricycle




  • Tricycle Launches NW6 New Writing Festival
  • Featuring 5 new plays in one week
  • Showcasing bold new writing at its home in Kilburn, NW6

The Tricycle’s inaugural NW6 New Writing Festival will showcase 5 brand new plays created by the Tricycle’s NW6 writers. These new plays will be presented as rehearsed readings in the theatre’s Baldwin Studio over five nights from 4 – 9 April.

Over the last year, NW6 has supported five writers – Hassan Abdulrazzak, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba, Sam Potter and Francis Turnly – to develop their long-term careers and creativity, helping them to progress onto larger stages. Since its launch in Summer 2015, NW6 has provided a talented range of playwrights with the crucial financial and professional support needed to take their work to the next level.

Based in NW6, the Tricycle is a local theatre with an international vision. Through scale of opportunity, commitment to talent and telling human stories without borders, NW6 is part of the Tricycle’s commitment to promoting a rich range of perspectives in British drama now, and for the future.

The Tricycle Theatre’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham said today: “This inaugural New Writing Festival is the exciting culmination of a full year of work for these talented playwrights. It’s been a great experience having these writers become a part of the Tricycle over the last year and to now be able to provide a platform for their ambitious new plays to be heard for the first time over five days. Each of these plays has a uniquely human story at their heart, waiting to be heard.”

Francis Turnly, one of the NW6 group of writers, added: “Taking part in NW6 this past year has been a huge benefit, sharing knowledge with other playwrights and having the opportunity to learn from theatre practitioners has given me the confidence to conceive bigger plays and be braver in my writing.”

All tickets to NW6 are £6 (£5 for concessions and Trike members).



By Zodwa Nyoni

Monday 4th April at 7pm

Dwight lives at home with Shirley, Daddy and Mummy

Don’t think because he’s the way he is, that he doesn’t understand.

Dwight wants Shirley, Daddy and Mummy and he’s not budging. Humour and grief move us between now and 1981, as this family fights for – and over – its most marginalised voice, Dwight.

Zodwa Nyoni is a Zimbabwean-born playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010). Her plays/short plays include Nine Lives, Boi Boi Is Dead (Finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), A Letter To You, Tangled Roots, The Night Shift and The Povo Die Till Freedom Comes . Her work for radio includes Sonnets in the City for the BBC.



By Hassan Abdulrazzak

Tuesday 5th April at 7pm

Look at you, a big fella hunched over a little mouse. Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?

Ken is a stem cell biologist and, if he doesn’t get results, he will lose his job, his home and his chance at love. And what’s worse, the lab mice have started giving him dating advice.

This Darwinian comedy about competition puts the cut-throat world of scientific research under the microscope. 

Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. He holds a PhD in molecular biology and has worked at Harvard and Imperial College. Hassan’s first play, Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim. It went on to have productions in Australia and India and was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His play The Prophet was performed at the Gate Theatre in 2012. More recently he was commissioned by the Kevin Spacey Foundation to write Dhow Under The Sun, a play for 35 young actors, which was staged in Sharjah, UAE (Jan 2015). Other plays include CatalinaLove, Bombs and Apples and Lost Kingdom. His poems have been published in Snakeskin and in We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. He has won several awards including the George Devine Award, the Meyer Whitworth Award, the Pearson Award and the Arab British Centre Award for Culture.

His comic monologue play Love, Bombs and Apples was selected out 114 scripts to be part of the PlayWROUGHT3 festival and was staged at the Arcola Theatre (20-25th July 2015) as part of the Shubbak festival. It will receive a further run at the Arcola Theatre in June 2016 as part of a UK wide tour. 



By Chino Odimba

Thursday 7th April at 7pm

Yee silence deafens me. Insults me. Makes me want to draw blood.

What happens when you are missing from your own history? Generations of women sail their ship from the sea to the streets of London.

Like images from a book we have never read, this is a saga of mothers, daughters, grief and survival. 

Chino Odimba was born in Nigeria and raised in London. She now lives near Bristol. Her work in both theatre and poetry has been produced across the South West and UK. Past work includes Women Embrace Two, An Ode to Adam, Rainy Season, RAAR Birds, I am Michael Gove. More recently she has taken part in an invite-only National writing group at Royal Court Theatre and been Writer–on-Attachment at Bristol Old Vic where she wrote His Name is Ishmael, which was performed as a rehearsed reading in October 2013. In January, Chino’s new short play ‘The Bird Woman of Lewisham’ was produced at the Arcola Theatre as part of The Story Project 2015. Chino Odimba is also a Writer-on-Attachment at Clean Break Theatre.



By Sam Potter

Friday 8th April at 7pm

The thing is Daniel. You’re 12 years old, you have your whole life ahead of you, you don’t have to be like this….Are you listening to me? 

Over eleven years, Daniel tells the story of one boy’s struggle inside a system that doesn’t seem to have a place for him.

How can someone ‘succeed’ when the odds are stacked against them?

Sam Potter trained at Dartington College of Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the NT and the RSC. 

As a director she has worked at Hampstead Theatre, the RSC, NT and Glyndebourne Opera. She was also the Literary Manager at Out of Joint from 2011 until 2013 and the Creative Associate at Headlong from 2013 until 2015.

Sam received a Most Promising New Playwright Offie nomination for her debut play, Mucky Kid, which opened at Theatre 503 in 2013.

In 2015 Sam was Papatango’s Resident Playwright, supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and was also awarded a place on the 2015 Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

She is currently writing plays for Papatango, Headlong, Oxford Drama School and the Tricycle.



By Francis Turnly

Saturday 9th April at 7pm

Hello Kitty is not a cat.

When she inherits a house from her mysterious grandmother, Japanese schoolgirl Hana is uprooted to Aokigahara forest.

Encountering lying relatives, ancient traditions and a cat demon, horror-film obsessed Hana must escape a family curse. But the forest doesn’t intend to let her go.

Francis Turnly is a playwright, radio dramatist and screenwriter. His stage plays have been produced at numerous theatres including the Birmingham Rep (A Samurai In Soho), Courtyard Theatre, Jackson’s Lane and Watford Palace and his work included on schemes such as the National Theatre’s Directors Week, Moonstone, and “the 50” (collaboration between BBC Drama and Royal Court). He has written several afternoon plays including the original detective drama, Hinterland for BBC Radio 4. He is developing original scripts for television. In 2014 Francis was awarded the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, joining the Tricycle Theatre for a residency throughout 2015.

Francis hails from Northern Ireland but lives in London.


Blog Takeover: Would YOU flick the switch?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Tricycle


Say hello to Nathaniel – if you haven’t met him yet, he’s the fella on the left (under the ladder in this pic!) in the giant Takeover poster on the front of our building! Nathaniel is part of the 19 – 25s Young Company, who for months have been asking themselves the question: Would YOU flick the switch?

From the get go it was almost inevitable that the eldest group would find themselves tackling perhaps a more serious and current issue. Switch swiftly became that. I think what I’ve enjoyed most about this process is witnessing how we as creatives interact and make work. As an actor, it has been really beneficial to be in the room with writers and directors because our creativity is constantly being pushed and a variety of different voices are being heard. This mix has been amazing as it drives the piece forward and really solidifies exactly what we’re trying to say.

The idea behind Switch has always been an interesting one, with such a challenging theme and performance style. We decided to test out our structure with a mock performance on an invited audience of friends and family. We then sat down afterwards and they expressed things which worked for them and things which perhaps weren’t so clear. I found this process extremely helpful as it made the experience of creating and re-creating Switch much clearer and, all in all, condensed our ideas and made them much more grounded.


We have just two weeks left until we open and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only am I curious to see how the audiences will react to the characters we have created but to the topics addressed in our piece and the concept as a whole. Just how far away are we from a ‘Machine’ type service? I think theatre is at its most exciting when it allows you to reflect on your own life and the world around you. Switch will definitely leave you in a state of reflection!

Takeover 2016: Paradise launches THIS SUNDAY 13 March with a HUGE programme of theatre, film, masterclasses and events – it’s not too late to book, or get involved. Click here for the full line up of what’s on offer in Takeover 2016: Paradise, and click here to watch the trailer.


Blog Takeover: How many roads must a (wo)man walk down…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Tricycle

Hannah marketing

Hannah’s back! And reflecting on what’s she’s learning about careers in the arts through her work as a Takeover 2016: Paradise trainee producer. There’s a few new, previously unconsidered career paths opening up that’s for sure…


Each week, we’ve met with a different member of Tricycle staff to discuss their role and what they do at the Tricycle. I would never have thought that by being introduced to just a few people that you’d learn just how many jobs there really are in the arts! When you’re in school, college, university etc., the way I saw it was that there were only a few potential careers paths. I was completely wrong. We’ve been introduced to the Artistic Associate, the Resident Director, the Development team, External Producers, the Marketing team, the Technical Director (this list goes on!) And those individuals got to share their journeys which all involved doing different jobs in the arts before they got to the Tricycle! It became really clear to me that there are endless routes and ways in which you can explore what you believe in and that there are different ways of doing it.

So, we’re a few weeks away from the start of the Takeover! It’s all really exciting; I’ve been sourcing the selected films that the cinema manager requested for the Tricycle Takeover Films programme. A meeting was arranged for us to discuss the potential of producing some separate marketing material in order to get as many people as interested as possible for Tricycle Takeover Films. I’ve been working with the marketing team to learn all about how they publicise events at the Tricycle – which has taught me that they are one, if not the most integral part of getting the word out about Takeover 2016: Paradise. Also, their creativeness in how to get people into the building is impressive. They proposed that selected local providers could set up competitions to win tickets and passes for events at the Takeover, which reminded how much a marketing brain is different to a regular one (mine)!

I’m confident that there is such a wide scope of events that there is truly something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing the community flood through the doors!

Take a look at the full line up of Tricycle Takeover Films – fancy seeing more than one? Consider buying a Ticket to Paradise, your unlimited access to pass to every event in Takeover 2016: Paradise.


Blog Takeover: The word from Press Road

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Tricycle


Say hello to Rebecca Twydell, the Tricycle’s Press Road Young Company Director. Rebecca has been working with the mega energetic Press Road young companies along with playwright Somalia Seaton to create a performance that will no doubt be something special for Takeover 2016: Paradise

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I have the pleasure of being the Press Road Young Company Director for the second year running.

I work with a rather special group of young people who are full to bursting with enthusiasm and excitement at performing as part of this years’ event, Takeover 2016: Paradise.

I am directing projects with two of the Press Road Young Company groups; 7-9’s and 10-12’s alongside writer Somalia Seaton. The groups are creating two original plays that capture their voices as young theatre makers.

Both groups love games (they could play splat for hours) and are very energetic. They’ve been creating news reports from their story worlds, hot-seating different characters, writing their own monologues, creating freeze frames, improvising scenes and working with drafts of the script. And they are never, ever short of ideas and imagination. Despite having gotten to know them all pretty well over the last few years, they still manage to surprise me. I have been amazed how willing even the youngest members of the group have been in actively listening to each other’s ideas, building and adding, sharing and suggesting and the generosity and respect they have shown to the process of writing a play together.

Both groups have created something that reflects their different personalities and interests but that also gently explores what concerns and worries young people their age have; be it making friends, revising for tests or the serious matter of cyber bullying. It provides an important insight into the lives of young people.

So, after months of sharing ideas and making characters, last week we sat down with the first full draft of their plays and did our first full read through.

Suddenly, with only 4 weeks to go (and that’s only four hours in our case!) it’s all beginning to feel very real. Luckily it’s half term, so as well as being under strict instructions to learn their lines we’re meeting for an extra weekend rehearsal to get the show on its feet.

Book tickets for the Press Road Young Company double bill performances here. Check out the full Takeover 2016: Paradise line up here.