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Eight questions for Simon Paris

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Tricycle

Simon Paris is one of seven Trainee Producers on our ambitious Takeover2017 project, Mapping Brent.


Simon Paris: Mapping Brent Trainee ProducerWhat attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I’m a big fan of The Tricycle, so I often look on their website for opportunities and vacancies. I saw this opportunity and wanted to hear more about it & after speaking to (Tricycle Creative Learning Officer) Natalie about the role and what I’d learn from it I thought it would be a perfect place for me to learn.


What piece of theatre has made a big impact on your life?

I don’t think I’ve seen anything which has had a big impact on my life, but each time I see a Frantic Assembly show, it fills me with inspiration to create work, be it directing, writing, producing. They’re a great tool for me, when I’m feeling lethargic to boost me back up.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

Chris Morris. I like that he creates work that is an expression of his humour and has found the right medium for it. I’m not a fan of all of Chris Morris’ work, but that makes me like him more because it proves to me that his work is just for himself, not for the general public, not for one specific target audience, but for himself. For example he opens each episode of Jam with a monologue written by himself, which is incredibly down to interpretation but offering the audience no answers about it. I like that he doesn’t beg to be understood.


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

Russia, on my own. I like exploring new places alone, making no plans and seeing where I end up. I want to go to Russia because it seems like a really scary place, especially the night-life, which makes it an even more exciting place to visit.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Calamari. (With a garlic and cheese dip).


What’s your worst habit?

Saying words ironically for a while, then they become part of my vocabulary. Such as, ‘lol’ ‘yolo’ ‘soz’ ‘mate’ ‘buddy’ ‘hashtag’ and so on.


What’s your favourite place in Brent?

In Brent Cross there is an Aunt Bessie’s Pretzel place. #cheesepretzels


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

As a one-off event, rehearsals through my first play with Fictive Theatre is a proud achievement. As well as the good show, I’m proud that I managed to make it through a 6 week schedule of 9am-5pm rehearsals, then 6pm-2am bar work, 6 days a week. It’s probably the biggest mental challenge I’ve ever put myself through and came out the other side. Since then I know how important and also how not important sleep is.


Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved


Indhu Rubasingham returns to the National Theatre

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Tricycle

The Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham will return to the National Theatre in 2017, following her hugely acclaimed production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherf**ker With The Hat last year.

Ugly Lies The Bone

An honest and funny new drama, Ugly Lies The Bone marks the UK Debut of award-winning American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino.

After three tours in Afghanistan, Jess finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about to launch, Jess must confront her scars – and a home that may have changed even more than her.

Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

Ugly Lies The Bone runs at the National Theatre from 22 February 2017. Tickets from £15. Find out more and book tickets at

★★★★★ ‘This is a triumph for the National’
Evening Standard on The Motherf**ker With The Hat


Seven Questions for Biba Osman

Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Tricycle

Biba Osman is one of seven Trainee Producers on our ambitious Creative Learning project, Mapping Brent.

In the first of a new series, we caught up with Biba to find out a bit about her interests.


Trainee Producer Biba OsmanWhat attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I strongly believe that theatre and the arts can play a vital role in the empowerment and development of young people; particularly those on the ‘margins’ of our society. To be able to produce a celebration that is dedicated to young people’s theatre is an exciting project to be a part of, especially as the project will be taking place in different parts of Brent, outside of mainstream or traditional theatre settings.

Coming from an acting background, a recent drama school graduate who is pursuing my career in producing, the Tricycle have offered me an amazing opportunity to practically learn the vital roles that a producer plays within a community project like Takeover, but also on a wider scale.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

There are too many to list! But Charles Martin who directed ITV drama Marcella would be amazing. It was a captivating thriller and I would love to understand how he pieced the show together and what the thought process was behind it.


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

I would love to visit Santorini in Greece. The views are just perfect, and somewhere I would go to relax!


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pizza, please!


What’s your worst habit?

I think that my worst habit has to be over-thinking.


What’s your favourite place in Brent?

Kilburn High Road – it’s always busy and there is always something going on day or night.


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

Graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama this summer. Going back to education as an older student wasn’t easy but I managed to persevere with it and I believe that it is one of the best decisions that I have made as it has opened doors and opportunities for me in the early stages of my career. I have also learnt a lot about myself in the process and where I want to be in my life.

Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved



NW6 writer Francis Turnly wins Catherine Johnson Best Play Award

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Tricycle

A big congratulations to our NW6 writer and former Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, Francis Turnly, who has won the Catherine Johnson Best Play Award 2016 for his play The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Award winner Francis TurnlyAward winner Francis Turnly

Francis 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, Watford Palace and most recently Finborough Theatre (Harajuku Girls). His work has been 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 Hinterland for BBC Radio 4.

Having spent the year with us in 2015 after receiving the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme bursary, his play Neko – a Japanese ghost story set in the Aokigahara forest – received a rehearsed reading as part of our NW6 New Writing Festival in April this year.

We’re delighted that Francis has won this award, and predict great things for him in the future!


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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Switch: Rehearsals sneak peek

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Tricycle

The brilliant Tricycle Young Company are putting the last touches on the immersive theatre experience Switch. Have a look at these rehearsal moments from last week and get ready for the real thing on Sunday. 

Have you booked your ticket to a trip to a broken future? Tickets £8 (Trike £5) | 19 & 26 June | BOOK NOW


Switch video blog: Meet Clarice the undercover journalist

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Tricycle

Actress Sarah Bodenham plays Clarice in Switch, a journalist going undercover to find out what’s happening at TriCrop with the mysterious machine that can take you straight to heaven…

Switch is coming back at the Tricycle after the sold-out success during Takeover 2016. Join this thought-provoking immersive experience that takes place across the Tricycle building.

Tickets £8 (Trike £5) | 19 & 26 June | BOOK NOW



Switch: why aren’t Ike and Sarah going into the Machine?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Tricycle

Meet Ceceila Crossland and James Wilson, Tricycle Young Company actors playing Sarah and Ike in Switch. Watch the video interview and find out why they are not going into the machine… 

Join the adventure and experience a unique world that will transport you far away from the reality of Kilburn.

After the huge sell-out success at Takeover 2016, Switch is coming back for those who missed it and those who want to experience this mind-twisting thought experiment again. 

Tickets £8 (Trike £5) | 19 & 26 June | BOOK NOW


Behind the scenes debate: Would you flick the switch?

Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Tricycle

Watch the Young Tricycle Company during rehearsals of Switch debating on whether or not they’d flick the switch. If you had to choose who would you save? Individuals or the whole species?

Switch is back at the Tricycle in June for 2 days only! Join the immersive theatre experience and explore the whole of the Tricycle building before we close for an exciting period of renovations – find out more here

If you had the chance to plug into a machine which would take you straight to Heaven, would YOU flick the Switch?

Tickets £8 (Trike £5) | 19 & 26 June | BOOK NOW


Switch video blog: What is it like working with director Tom Bowtell?

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 by Tricycle

Tricycle Young Company take 5 minutes out of rehearsals for Switch to give us the low down on working with Young Company Director, Tom Bowtell – what are Tom’s little habits and what’s it like working together?

John Marfoh, Sarah Bodenham and Jessica Rhodes talk to Heather Agyepong.

Switch comes back at the Tricycle after the sell-out run as part of Takeover 2016: Paradise due to popular demand. 

If you had the chance to plug into a machine which would take you straight to Heaven, would YOU flick the Switch?

Tickets £8 (Trike £5) | 19 & 26 June | BOOK NOW