The Invisible Hand – the play and the characters

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Tricycle

We asked the cast of The Invisible Hand what the show’s about, what they have in common with their characters. Watch the video to hear their answers…

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW


Video Interview with The Invisible Hand’s Tony Jayawardena

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Tricycle

Tony Jayawardena play’s Imam Saleem in our UK Premiere production of The Invisible Hand. We spoke to Tony about life as an actor, his favourite plays, nightmares coming true and telling lies at auditions…

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW


Full cast announced for UK Premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand

Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Tricycle

Tricycle Theatre presents the UK première of
The Invisible Hand
By Ayad Akhtar

12 May – 2 July

Director: Indhu Rubasingham | Designer: Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick | Sound Designer: Alexander Caplen

The Invisible Hand castCast: Tony Jayawardena, Sid Sagar and Parth Thakerar, Daniel Lapaine

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the full cast for the UK première of The Invisible Hand – a political thriller from Ayad Akhtar, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Disgraced which ran at the Bush Theatre in 2013.

Rubasingham directs Tony Jayawardena, Daniel Lapaine, Sid Sagar and Parth Thakerar in the UK première production which opens on 18 May, with previews from 12 May, and runs until 2 July. The Invisible Hand is the final production before the theatre closes until summer 2017 as it undergoes a £5.5 million capital re-development.

American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell within the depths of rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?

Ayad Akhtar’s intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in 25 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing. The Invisible Hand premièred at the Repertory Theater of St Louis. Other theatre credits include Disgraced (American Theater Company in Chicago; Lincoln Center, New York and Bush Theatre – Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse).

Tony Jayawardena plays Imam Saleem. His theatre credits include Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), The Roaring Girl, The Arden of Faversham, The White Devil, The Empress, Twelfth Night (RSC), Dick Whittington, Love and Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ Kneehigh), Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well, England People Very Nice (National Theatre). For television his recent work includes The Windsors, Strike Back, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; and for film, his work includes Towerblock, Trance and A Cat Named Bob.

Daniel Lapaine plays Nick. His theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe), Other Desert Cities, Hedda Gabler (The Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), All My Sons (Apollo Theatre), Scenes from the Back of Beyond, F***ing Games (Royal Court), Les Parents Terribles, King Lear (Sydney Theatre Company), Island (Belvoir Street Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare Company). For television his work includes Versailles, Catastrophe, Critical, Vexed, Lewis, Vera, Black Mirror, Identity, Moonshot, Hotel Babylon, Sex, the City and Me, Jane Hall, Good Housekeeping Guide, Golden Hour, Jericho, Death on the Nile, Redcap, Helen of Troy, I Saw You and Tenth Kingdom. Film credits include Dead in Tombstone, Zero Dark Thirty, Gozo, Jack the Giant Killer, Shanghai, Last Chance Harvey, Collusion, Abduction Club, Ritual, Journeyman, Double Jeopardy, Elephant Juice, Brokedown Palace, 54, Say You’ll Be Mine, 1999, Dangerous Beauty, Polish Wedding and Muriel’s Wedding.

Sid Sagar plays Dar. His theatre credits include The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Treasure (Finborough Theatre), The History Boys (UK tour), True Brits (HighTide/Edinburgh/Bush Theatre) and Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe & English Touring Theatre). His television work includes The Hollow Crown and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; and for film, Karma Magnet.

Parth Thakerar plays Bashir. His theatre credits include King Charles III (UK tour), The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Arcadia (Nottingham Playhouse), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham directs. Her work for the company includes Red Velvet (which transferred to New York and later to the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Season) and Handbagged (winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre – also West End and UK tour). Other productions for the Tricycle Theatre include A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Paper Dolls, Women, Power and Politics, Stones in His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation and Starstruck. Other theatre credits include The Motherf**cker with the Hat (Evening Standard Award for Best Play), The Waiting Room (National Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch and Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida), Yellowman and Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), Secret Rapture and The Misanthrope (Minerva, Chichester), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre ), Pure Gold (Soho Theatre), The No Boys Cricket Club and Party Girls (Stratford East), Wuthering Heights (Birmingham REP), Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre), Sugar Dollies, Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios), Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California) and A Doll’s House (Young Vic).


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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.