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How to do a Soft Texan Accent by Alex Ferns

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Tricycle

Alex Ferns plays Lee in Sam Shepard’s True West, directed by Phillip Breen and on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until 4 October.

Here, he gives us his top tip for doing the soft Texan accent his character talks in.

True West plays at the Tricycle Theatre from 4 September – 4 October. Click here to watch the trailer, for more information and to book. #TrueWest


The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Tricycle

15 August 2014

A joint statement from the UKJFF and Tricycle Theatre:

‘Some weeks ago the UKJFF fell out, very publicly, with the Tricycle over a condition imposed by the Tricycle regarding funding. This provoked considerable public upset. Both organisations have come together to end that.

Following lengthy discussions between the Tricycle and UKJFF, the Tricycle has now withdrawn its objection and invited back the UK Jewish Film Festival on the same terms as in previous years with no restrictions on funding from the Embassy of Israel in London.

The UKJFF and the Tricycle have agreed to work together to rebuild their relationship and although the festival is not able to return in 2014, we hope to begin the process of rebuilding trust and confidence with a view to holding events in the future.

We both profoundly hope that those who take differing views on the events of the last few weeks will follow our lead and come together to acknowledge that dialogue, reconciliation and engagement will resolve points of difference and ensure that cultural diversity thrives in all communities.’


Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly on The Believers…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Tricycle


 The Believers rehearsalsThe Believers rehearsals

Initially all that existed was a title, The Believers, and the briefest synopsis – it is about belief systems. Apart from that, I was starting from scratch.

The first research and development we did was driven by the book Religion Explained, a fascinating insight into belief and anthropology, I then decided to look at horror films, as they inspire us to believe in the absurd and I was interested in how far our belief systems might bend and alter when presented with different situations. That might be fear and terror, or it might be the promise of great reward.

These were early directions but many of them are still applicable in what became The Believers. When you set out to make a show, it can take at least two years and in that time you can change direction, take wrong turnings, get lost, or meet sudden inspiration – something that came to Eddie and I in the early hours of the morning after our first preview as it struck us that what we had all just watched was a beautiful painting. It was crafted to within an inch of its life but it remained two-dimensional. It was not leaping out and embracing or shaking us, which led us to spending the next day giving the production a bit more oomph. By 21:00 that night, it had become clear that our hard work was well worth it – it had leapt out at us, gripped us for 70 minutes and then released us feeling shaken and very proud.

I think The Believers illustrates why I cast actors and then get them to move. The four performers were cast on their acting ability and their potential to give their best physically. Eddie and I were confident we could introduce them to the physical world and get them strong and confident physically. When we had achieved that, we knew that their acting skills would then come to the fore – and, of course, they did. 

You can find out more about The Believers on our website here


Trailer: The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika warrior…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Tricycle

Watch the trailer for this hilarious African comedy by Denton Chikura, directed by Lucian Msamati.

The Epic Adventure of Nhamo The Manyika Warrior and his sexy wife Chipo is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre from 1-17 August
Extra performances added until 24 August.
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Twitter responses to Bracken Moor

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Tricycle

Bracken Moor is now roughly half way through its run in our theatre – here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

You have to see #BrackenMoor @TricycleTheatre by the very talented #alexikayecampbell with great performances by the outstanding cast..

#BrackenMoor is flawlessly constructed and the work is stunningly brave. Thanks for a great night of theatre.

#BrackenMoor, an utterly engrossing & suspenseful tale of grief & denial vividly brought to life at @TricycleTheatre

wow #BrackenMoor was truly haunting. Masterclass in acting from the leading lady, Awards should follow.

Bracken Moor is a must see! Brilliant new writing and brilliant cast @TricycleTheatre

Bracken Moor @TricycleTheatre—intense, gripping and some interesting debates in there

@TricycleTheatre really enjoyed Bracken Moor very spooky!

Can’t recommend #BrackenMoor @TricycleTheatre highly enough. A chilling, beautifully written play performed by an outstanding cast. See it!

Prompted by my daughter’s very positive experience, I have now also experienced #BrackenMoor @TricycleTheatre Wonderfully gripping theatre.

Saw a stunning #BrackenMoor at @TricycleTheatre last night. Chilling, intense and beautifully acted, written and directed. Lucky me. See it!

Saw Bracken Moor at the Tricycle Theatre – chilling but superb piece – a must see! @TricycleTheatre

Bracken Moor is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until 20 July.
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Bracken Moor trailer

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by Tricycle

Watch the trailer for this haunting production from Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Shared Experience’s Polly Teale.

Bracken Moor is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until 20 July.
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From the Bracken Moor rehersal room

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by Tricycle

Rehearsals for Bracken Moor are in well under way, and Assistant Director Rosy Banham has written this post to let us know what they’ve been up to.

View more photos on our Facebook page


We’re into Week Three of rehearsals now and the characters are really starting to come to life, while the story itself feels increasingly charged and chilling.

Our work in the rehearsal room is largely falling into four strands. The first – and perhaps the most obvious – is discussion. As a group, we’ve discussed characters’ back stories, their objectives and superobjectives (their “wants”), their obstacles (whatever gets in the way of these “wants”), and of course the historical context in which they live. The actors have shared their research on Yorkshire mining communities, domestic service, the London debutante season, and much, much more.

The second strand is physical work with Liz Ranken, the show’s movement director. In these sessions, we’ve embodied the characters’ inner lives, while also looking at the social ‘covers’ which they construct in the company of others. Last week, we explored traditionally male postures (bound, direct and heavy) and traditionally female ones (free, indirect and light) – the two might well have felt more pronounced and polarised in the early 20th century.

The third strand is improvisation, which colours the characters’ back stories, making the present action of the play detailed, vivid and real. We have improvised episodes from characters’ childhoods and discussed the ways in which their upbringings may have impacted upon their adult lives. We’ve also improvised events between the play’s scenes and acts to ensure that we have a shared and specific conception of the story’s progression.

The fourth and final strand is scene work, which is of course informed and enhanced by all of the other strands. Specificity, detail and clarity emerge in the scene work when the other strands are feeding in and yielding new discoveries. The work in the coming weeks will be to go on exploring, mining the text for information and impulses, so that the world feels truly alive for the show’s audiences.

View photos from the Bracken Moor rehearsal room our our Facebook page.

Bracken Moor is the first co-production between the Tricycle Theatre and Shared Experience, and runs at the Tricycle from 6 June – 20 July. BOOK NOW


Paper Dolls production trailer

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Tricycle

Paper Dolls is now in full swing! If you’re still wondering what it’s all about, take a look at our latest production trailer…

Paper Dolls Extra dates added – must end 28 April.

Click here to book tickets.


Paper Dolls preview trailer

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Tricycle

We take a peek behind the scenes of Paper Dolls, to see what it’s all about…

Paper Dolls Extra dates added – must end 28 April.

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Capital Bid Success!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Tricycle

We are delighted to announce we have been successful in the first stage of our application for the Arts Council’s Capital Funding Programme.  Over £3 million has been pledged to the Tricycle, on approval of the second part of the application, enabling ambitious plans to refocus the work of the Tricycle Theatre based on building improvements, a smaller carbon footprint and renewed engagement with the communities served by the venue. 

Our Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham said:

“I’m delighted that our application for a Capital Bid to the Arts Council was successful. This is the next stage in what has already proved to be a thrilling first year in my role as Artistic Director of the Tricycle. 

 Community is a vital word for me.  The local community, the artistic community, the international community and the Tricycle community.  I want these communities to interact in, and engage with the building and its output.  It is for this reason that I’m so excited that with this funding, we can address the building itself – I am sure that it will ensure a sustainable future for us. 

Our plan opens the way to attract and engage a larger and more diverse public in outstanding artistic and education experiences.  We will reduce our carbon footprint. We will refocus the theatre as a local facility at the heart of global exchange and debate – something at the heart of my mission, theatre programming and vision for the Tricycle’s future.

We will soon be launching a Capital campaign to raise the considerable additional funds needed to realise this ambitious plan.

For queries please contact the Development Office on 020 7625 0132.