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Spring at the Tricycle Theatre

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Tricycle


Highlights of the season include:

 With her world premiere production of Marcus Gardley’s A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes in previews from this week, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the company’s 2016 spring/summer season. 

The season opens with the transfer of Florian Zeller’s The Mother, starring Gina McKee, from Theatre Royal Bath, following the critically acclaimed run of Zeller’s The Father at the Tricycle earlier this year and subsequent West End transfer.

March sees the return of the Tricycle Takeover, back for its third year, when Tricycle Young Company take control of every corner of the Tricycle, packing it with performances of theatre, film, music, poetry and more. 

This is followed by Mikel Murfi’s one-man show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes and the return of Tricycle regular Mark Thomas with his brand new comedy Trespass.

Completing the programme is the centrepiece of the new season, Pulitzer Prize-winning Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand, directed by Rubasingham

Indhu Rubasingham said today, ‘I’m thrilled to be presenting a new season of untold stories at the Tricycle, from the depths of rural Pakistan to the streets of Ireland; from the joys of urban playgrounds to the loneliness of empty family homes. Not to mention an 11 day extravaganza by the Tricycle Young Company! I am especially excited to be directing the UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar.’

Ayad Akhtar, writer of The Invisible Hand, said, ‘The Invisible Hand is a play I wrote hoping it would feel equally at home in Karachi, New York, or London and I feel terrifically lucky that it found its way to Indhu, and to a premiere at the Tricycle in 2016. I am very excited to be working with a director I have long admired from afar, and feel honoured to be part — in whatever humble way — of the Tricycle’s long tradition of politically engaged, culturally rich work.”

The season runs from 21 January to the 2 July.


Take a look a the season brochure here:



Our Autumn Season Press Release

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Tricycle


We’re thrilled to announce our new season, with a great line-up of shows taking us through to January 2016!

Also announced today, we launched our new writer development programme, NW6.

You can read the Press Release below, or download a PDF version, or visit our Autumn Season webpage for full details about all the shows.

Members’ priority booking is now open for all shows, and general booking opens at 11am on Thursday 11 June.



Highlights of the season include:

  • The world première of Marcus Gardley’s A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, inspired by Tartuffe
  • Ravi and Asha Jain’s A Brimful of Asha following a successful world tour
  • The team behind The 39 Steps present Ben Hur over Christmas
  • The return of comedy giants Mark Thomas and Sean Hughes, and the Tricycle debut of Shazia Mirza
  • Violinist Tamsin Waley Cohen returns with her popular candlelit concerts

With The Father enjoying a sell-out run at the Tricycle, and her latest production due to open at the National Theatre, Artistic Director of the Tricycle, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the company’s new season.

The season opens with a month of comedy – the return of the brilliant voices of Mark Thomas and Sean Hughes, with the Tricycle debut of rising talent Shazia Mirza. These performances are complemented by a short run of Ravi and Asha Jain’s A Brimful of Asha, fresh from a world tour.

The centrepiece of the season is the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes – a new adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe. This wicked comedy sees Rubasingham continue her collaboration with the award-winning American playwright Marcus Gardley following the success of The House That Will Not Stand in 2014.

This Christmas, the team behind the award-winning The 39 Steps bring their production of Ben Hur, based on General Lew Wallace’s timeless classic, to the Tricycle stage. Also at Christmas Tamsin Waley-Cohen returns with her candlelit classical music concerts.

Also announced today is the Tricycle’s new writer development programme – NW6. Over the coming year, NW6 will support 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.

Indhu Rubasingham said today, “I am thrilled to announce the Tricycle’s new season – a combination of brilliant voices, some new, and some returning. We start with comedy – Mark Thomas, Sean Hughes and Shazia Mirza in their own shows, as well as Ravi and Asha Jain’s A Brimful of Asha.

“I am very happy to be working again with playwright Marcus Gardley on A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes – a wickedly original take on Molière’s Tartuffe, and at Christmas, we look forward to the team behind The 39 Steps producing their own special version of Ben Hur.

“We are also proud to launch our new writer’s development programme – NW6, which will see five selected writers work with us over the coming year. This is a vital programme for us here at the Tricycle, because as well as providing a home for these talented writers and supporting the next stage of their careers, we will also be inspired and influenced by them.”


2 – 5 September
Presented by Lakin McCarthy 

Bravo Figaro! is the true tale of a self-employed builder’s love of opera, his battle with degenerative illness and how to put opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth.

It sees comedian and writer Mark Thomas bring to the stage a poignant and personal tale about his relationship with his father, which plunders the operatic themes of family, love, death and art. Thomas’s father was a self-employed builder with a passion for Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and Mozart. But when he is diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, his life begins to crumble. As his father’s illness progresses, Thomas stages a concert to try to connect with him through music.

Award-winning comedian Mark Thomas returns to the Tricycle Theatre. This follows a string of other performances at the venue in recent years, including Cuckooed, The Manifesto and Extreme Rambling (Walking the Wall). For television, his work includes Saturday Zoo and The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, as well as several Dispatches – all for Channel Four.

Eves: 7.30pm; Sat mat: 3pm
Wed & Thu: £18 (£15 conc)
Fri + Sat: £22 (£18 conc)
Sat matinee: £15
Age guideline 14+

Evenings:Mark Thomas Warm up + Bravo Figaro!
Matinee: Bravo Figaro!


The Tricycle Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions present
A Why Not Theatre production

Written and performed by Ravi and Asha Jain
8 – 19 September

Directed by Ravi Jain; Set Design by Julie Fox
Lighting and Video Design by Beth Kates (Playground Studios)

‘You don’t get to choose any member of your family. Why do you need to choose your wife?’ – Asha Jain

In this hilarious show from Ravi Jain, the director of Complicite Creative Learning’s Like Mother, Like Daughter, real life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage to tell this true story of generational and cultural clash.

When Ravi takes a trip to India, his parents decide it is the perfect time to introduce him to potential brides. Ravi is not sold on the idea of getting married — at least not yet — but Asha fears that time is running out.

A Brimful of Asha comes to the UK following a world tour, which has included sell-out runs in theatres across North America.

Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning actor, director, producer, educator, arts-activist and Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. His acting credits include the Dora Award-winning SPENT (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/Why Not Theatre/TheatreRUN) and A Brimful of Asha (Why Not Theatre/Tarragon). He was the 2010 Urjo Kareda Resident Artist at Tarragon when he began to develop A Brimful of Asha. His company was in residence at the Theatre Centre when he developed I’m So Close (winner of Spotlight Award at SummerWorks 2009, and toured to Dublin and Vancouver). His directing credits for Why Not include The Prince Hamlet, I’m So Close, A Brimful of Asha, Greenland (winner of NOW Audience Choice Award and Best Production SummerWorks ’09), Iceland (winner of NOW Audience Choice Award and Best New Play SummerWorks ’12). Currently, he is among 12 resident artists at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and was a member of the DiverseCity Fellows program, which aims to diversify leadership across sectors in Toronto. He is engaged in many different arts organizations and creations across the city and the globe, including the programming committee for the Daniels Spectrum as well as the Artist Advisory Committee for ArtReach Toronto. He was recently awarded the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award and is the Artistic Director-in-Residence at the Theatre Centre for 2013.

Asha Jain grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she married in 1974, which led to her immigration to Canada. While supporting her husband Ramesh in the founding of his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi, as well as becoming an accomplished comedic actor.

Mon – Sat at 7.30pm; Sat mat at 3pm
Tickets: £14 – £20 (£12 – £18 conc)
Suitable for ages 14+


Presented by RBM
22, 23, 29 & 30 September

Award-winning comedian Sean Hughes returns to the Tricycle with a new show, Mumbo Jumbo. Throughout his life Sean has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. There is common sense against mumbo jumbo and mumbo jumbo seems to have the upper hand. The show consists of stories including being serenaded at the break of dawn by Robert Smith, trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and coming to the conclusion that he will never have a proper conversation with his dear mum.  There will be a few poems and a 3-minute musical about ageing too.

The multi-talented Sean Hughes has many TV and radio credits to his name including writing and starring in the cult favourite Sean’s Show (Channel 4), and a long stint as team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2). As an actor he has had numerous starring roles in TV shows such as The Last Detective, he appeared  in Coronation Street as Eileen’s love interest Pat Stanaway, Alan Parker’s film The Commitments, the film adaptation of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon and performed on the West End stage in As You Like It with Sienna Miller. He has also hosted his own show on BBC 6 Music. He has written two collections of prose and poetry including, Sean’s Book. He also wrote two critically acclaimed best-selling novels The Detainees and It’s What He Would Have Wanted. In 2013, Hughes started a podcast Off the Radar.

Eves at 7.30pm
Tickets: £20/£18
Suitable for ages 15+


24, 25, 26 September & 1, 2, 3 October

My mum can’t find me anyone to marry. My friend Matthew who is a gay, politically correct social worker, looks at me with great concern and says, “You’re not thinking of becoming a Jihadi Bride are you?” Would I do that? I mean the weather in Britain isn’t great, and the sunsets and landscape in Syria are mean to be very romantic… I’d get a husband, wouldn’t have to work, and would definitely get a place in heaven. Yes I’d miss my hair straighteners and hot pants, but that’s a small price to pay.

Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and columnist. She has performed her stand-up shows across the world – from the Edinburgh Fringe to Texas, USA to Dubai and Kosovo. She has performed extensively across Europe. Her shows include The Last Temptation of Shazia Mirza and Portrait Of Shazia Mirza. She also appeared in The Vagina Monologues (Royal Albert Hall). She has appeared on Have I Got News For You, a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff, The World Stands Up, and Last Comic Standing. She was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and won the GG2 Young Achiever of the Year Award and also Woman of the Year.  She has written for the Guardian for many years and currently has a new weekly column in their Weekend magazine entitled Diary of a Disappointing Daughter.

Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £20/£18
Age Guidance: 15+


A Tricycle Theatre Production

By Marcus Gardley
8 October – 14 November
Press Night:  14 October at 7pm

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham; Designed by Tom Piper;
Lighting Design by Paul Anderson

Multi-award winning American playwright Marcus Gardley returns to the Tricycle Theatre with the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, following the critically-acclaimed The House That Will Not Stand in 2014. This fresh adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe is a wicked new comedy set in a world of millionaires and mega-churches that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption.

Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy rejects costly experimental treatment and opts to face his end surrounded by his loving family. His fate sealed, Archibald awaits his day of reckoning. But things could be about to change.

Arriving in Atlanta from the deep, deep South, flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease. But his family suspect there’s more to this devout healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes…

Marcus Gardley was awarded the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright. His work for the stage includes The House That Will Not Stand, Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee, And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, (L)imitations of Life and like sun fallin’ in the mouth. He is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award, a Kesselring Honor, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award.

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, directs. For the company, her work includes Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Handbagged (also Vaudeville Theatre – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Red Velvet (also New York – Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award), Paper Dolls, Women, Power And Politics, Stones In His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation, and Starstruck. Her other theatre work includes The Motherf**ker With the Hat, The Waiting Room (National Theatre),  Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Yellowman, Anna In The Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), and Secret Rapture, The Misanthrope, Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre). In 2012 Rubasingham was awarded the Arts & Culture Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for ‘astounding achievements in theatre’. She also received the Carlton Multi-Cultural Achievement Award for Performing Arts and in 2010 she jointly received the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for The Great Game: Afghanistan.  She was previously Associate Director of the Gate Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Young Vic.

Eves: 7.30pm; Mats: Wed 2pm (from 21 October), Sat 3pm (from 17 October)
Audio Described performance; Thursday 5th November at 7.30pm, with a touch tour at 6.00pm
Captioned performance: Tuesday 10 November, 7.30pm

Pricing: £12 – £28
Concessions available on all performances
£10 Trike Tickets for under 26s
Suitable for ages 14+


The Tricycle Theatre in association with Fiery Angel and The Watermill Theatre present

Written by Patrick Barlow
Based on the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace  
19 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

Press night: 24 November at 7pm

Directed by Tim Carroll

They said it was unachievable!

They said it couldn’t be done!

But now the team behind the Olivier and Tony Award-winning comedy The 39 Steps are back with a sensational, awe-inspiring and unforgettable staging of General Lew Wallace’s timeless classic Ben Hur.

The greatest book ever penned is brought to the stage by a towering team of just four actors, turning the Tricycle stage into one of the most authentic versions of ancient Rome ever seen. Complete with stunning combat (featuring the latest 3D technology), a 103% bona fide chariot race (with REAL CHARIOTS), an authentic sea battle (with REAL WATER) and a decadent and UNEXPURGATED Roman orgy (suitable for all ages), Ben Hur is the perfect winter tonic guaranteed to stir your very soul.

Patrick Barlow returns to the Tricycle where his adaptation of The 39 Steps opened in 2006 and in the same year transferred to the Criterion Theatre where it plays to this day. In 2007, it transferred to Broadway and has since played in over thirty-nine countries world-wide. He won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, while in the United States, he co-won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. It won a Molière Award for Best Comedy in France, a Helpmann award for Best Comedy in Australia. Last year he won the accolade of being the most performed playwright in America. His other recent theatre writing includes a five-person Christmas Carol which opened off-Broadway in November 2013. Barlow is perhaps most renowned for his two-man National Theatre of Brent, which he created in 1980, and in which he plays Artistic Director and Chief Executive Desmond Olivier Dingle. The company’s legendary two-man epics have been performed on stage, radio and television and include The Charge of the Light Brigade, Zulu! The Black Hole of Calcutta, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Messiah, The Wonder of Sex, French Revolution!, Massive Landmarks of the Twentieth Century, The Complete and Utter History of the Mona Lisa, The Charles and Diana Story, The Arts and How They was Done, Iconic Icons and most recently, Giant Ladies Who Changed the World. They have won two Sonys, a Premier Ondas and New York Festival Award for Best Comedy. His other writing for film and television includes The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Christopher Columbus, Queen of the East, The Judgment of Paris, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, Van Gogh and The Young Visiters.

Tim Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company before becoming Associate Director at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. Since 1995 he has directed plays for theatres all over Britain, including Engaged (Orange Tree, Richmond), Gasping (Gateway Theatre, Chester) and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Salisbury Playhouse). As Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, his work includes Peter Oswald’s Augustine’s Oak, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Macbeth, Richard II (winner of the Jujamcyn Award), Dido, Queen of Carthage, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and The Storm. In 2002 he directed The Golden Ass and Twelfth Night – the latter won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards, and in 2003 was revived for a record-breaking run at the Globe, followed by a tour of the United States. In 2012, he returned to Shakespeare’s Globe to direct Richard III and Twelfth Night. The two shows then transferred to the West End for a record-breaking run at the Apollo, and went on in 2013/14 to play at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway, where they also broke box-office records, as well as winning Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk and Tony awards. His other work spans the world, The Tempest (Teatro Sao Luiz), Peer Gynt (Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall, Middle Temple Hall, and also broadcast on BBC TV and radio), The Merchant of Venice (RSC), The Mystae (Hampstead Theatre), King John (Stratford Festival, Ontario), as well as work for his own company The Factory.

Eves: 7.30pm; Matinees: Wed 2pm (from 2 Dec), Sat 3pm (from 28 Nov)
Dates vary during Christmas holidays and New Year, check website for full schedule
Captioned performance:  Monday 21 December, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance: Tuesday 5th January, 7.30pm with a touch tour at 6pm

Tickets: £12 – £28
Concessions available for all performances
£10 Trike Tickets for under 26s. See website for details.  



Tamsin Waley-Cohen and friends

Bach’s Goldberg Variations by Candlelight
Arranged for string trio by Sitkovetsky

20 December at 3pm & 7pm

Having programmed a series of atmospheric Sunday night concerts at the Tricycle in 2012, 2013, 2014 and most recently in 2015 to complement the runs of The Father and La Traviata, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen returns with another intimate evening of chamber music. Here, under candlelight, Waley-Cohen and friends present some of the greatest and most enduring music ever written.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen performs as a soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St John’s, London Concert Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, and the Brighton Philharmonic, under conductors including Andrew Litton, Jose Serebrier, Shlomo Mintz and Nicolae Moldoveanu. She has played at the Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth and Barbican halls in London, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and in venues across the UK and the Continent.

Tickets: £16, £10, £8
Concessions available on all performances



Upfront Comedy present Eddie Nestor with Slim, Maureen Younger and Shabba

4 October at 7.30pm

Hosted by BBC Radio London’s Eddie Nestor (The Real McCoy, Paddington The Movie), introducing former Brixton bus driver turned people’s comedy champion Slim, the multilingual & twisted Scottish Londoner Maureen Younger and newcomer going places Shabba.

Upfront Comedy present John Simmit with Curtis Walker, Thanyia Moore and Kevin J

1 November at 7.30pm

Sardonic comedian turned Teletubbie John Simmit (aka Dipsy) introduces comedy’s don Curtis Walker, award-winning new girl Thanyia Moore and Tottenham geezer Kevin J.

£15/£12 concession
Early bird: £10 book before 20 Sep and quote EARLYBIRD
Age Guidance: 16+



Also announced today is the Tricycle’s new writer development programme – NW6.

Over the coming year, NW6 will support five writers to develop their long-term careers and creativity, helping them to progress onto larger stages. Each of the chosen writers – Hassan Abdulrazzak, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba, Sam Potter and Francis Turnly (supported through the Channel 4 Playwrights’ scheme)- will be challenged to write an ambitious new play, benefit from professional workshops and the crucial financial support they need to write, bridging the mid-career gap between studio theatres and larger stages such as the company’s 232-seat theatre.

Through scale of opportunity, commitment to talent and telling human stories without borders, NW6 will ensure a rich range of perspectives in British drama now, and for the future.

269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR 

Box office: 020 7328 1000


PRIORITY BOOKING FROM Tuesday 9 June at 11am
PUBLIC BOOKING FROM Thursday 11 June at 11am 

Registered Disabled, Individual Students, Registered Unemployed and Brent Residents, £2 off Full Price in all zones.

Over 60s: £2 off matinees for selected shows.

Under 26 – Trike
Trike is the Tricycle Theatre’s free membership scheme for under 26s. Trike members have access to £10 theatre tickets available on a great range of productions; £5 Cinema tickets Mon – Thurs for standard film screenings and invitations to exclusive member events. (ID will be required on collection. Advanced booking only. Limited offer. Subject to availability)

Twitter: @TricycleTheatre


Full Cast announced for The Father

Friday, April 24th, 2015 by Tricycle

• Claire Skinner joins Kenneth Cranham in the cast
• 2014 Molière Award winner transfers to London following sell-out run at Ustinov Studio in Bath

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Tricycle Theatre present

The Father

By Florian Zeller
In a version by Christopher Hampton

7 May – 13 June
Press night: 12 May at 7pm


Cast: Kenneth Cranham, Claire Skinner, Rebecca Charles,
Jim Sturgeon, Colin Tierney and Jade Williams

Director: James Macdonald; Designer: Miriam Buether; Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare; Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt

The full cast is announced today for The Father, transferring to London following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed run last year at the Ustinov Studio in Bath. Kenneth Cranham, Rebecca Charles, Colin Tierney and Jade Williams reprise their original roles and are joined by new cast members Claire Skinner and Jim Sturgeon. The production opens on 12 May, with previews from 7 May, and runs until 13 June.

Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Author of this intriguing and compelling black comedy, Florian Zeller, has been hailed as ‘one of the hottest literary talents in France’ (Independent). The Father (Le Père) was the recipient of three Molière Awards in 2014, including for Best New Play.

Christopher Hampton has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons. He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac.

Nominated for a Tony Award for Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls on Broadway, Kenneth Cranham‘s numerous stage credits also include The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), The Homecoming (Almeida Theatre) and West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. Screen credits range from the title role in Shine on Harvey Moon to Maleficent, Hot Fuzz, Oliver! and Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

Rebecca Charles plays Woman. Her theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Just Between Ourselves, The Norman Conquests (Salisbury Playhouse), The Old Country (English Touring Theatre), Julius Caesar (Barbican and tour), Great Expectations (Manchester Royal Exchange), Richard III, The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby Playhouse), Hated Nightfall (tour/ Royal Court), The Recruiting Officer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh) and Cyrano de Bergerac (West End). Her television work includes Homefront, The Office, Hear the Silence, Foyle’s War, People Like Us, The Bill, The Peter Principle, Jonathan Creek, Over Here, Jewels, The House of Eliott, Fatal Inversion, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries – Artists in Crime; and for film, The Heart of Me, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown.

Claire Skinner plays Anne. Her theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, A Winter’s Tale, Othello, Invisible Friends (National Theatre), Deathtrap, The Importance Of Being Earnest (West End), Candida (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Glass Menagerie (Donmar / West End), Look Back In Anger (Royal Exchange Manchester), Moonlight (Almeida / West End) and Measure For Measure (RSC). Her television work includes Inside No. 9, Critical (Series Reg), Playhouse Presents: Mr Understood, Silk, Homefront, Doctor Who, Moving On, Outnumbered (five series), The Trial Of Tony Blair, Lark Rise To Candleford, Sense & Sensibility, You Can See Your Friends, The Trial Of Tony Blair, Sense and Sensbility, Life Begins, Trevor’s World Of Sport, The Genius Of Mozart, Bedtime, Perfect Strangers, Brass Eye and Coogan’s Run; and for film, When Did You Last See Your Father, Sleepy Hollow and Life Is Sweet.

Jim Sturgeon plays Man. His theatre credits include The Mill Lavvies, Equus, A Christmas Carol (Dundee Repertory Theatre), Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & The Beast, LIAR (Citizens Theatre), Betrayal (West End), Whispering Happiness (Tristen Bates Theatre), Yellow On The Broom (Perth Theatre) Attempts On Her Life (Tron), A Sheep Called SkyeI (tour), The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Girl He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union (BAT Theatre, Berlin), Brief Encounter (Kneehigh Tour USA / Australia). His television work includes A.D. The Bible Continues, Vera, Katie Morag, Shetland, Hope Springs and Tinsel Town. And for film, Iona, Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie, 71, Edge Of Tomorrow and Will.

Colin Tierney plays Pierre. His theatre credits include Britannia Waves The Rules, The Seagull, Cold Meat Party (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Last Days Of Troy (Royal Exchange Manchester/ Globe Theatre), The Misanthrope (Liverpool Everyman / ETT), Betrayal, Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible), Tartuffe (ETT), Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath / Tour), The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Paul, Guiding Star, The Machine Wreckers, Henry VI and Othello (National Theatre), Duchess Of Malfi (RSC), Ivanov and The Life Of Galileo (Almeida). His television work includes Vera, DCI Banks, Garrow’s Law, New Tricks, Inspector Lynley, Silent Witness, The Walk, Island At War, Serious And Organised, Foyle’s War, The Vice. And for film, Nowhere Boy and Splintered.

Jade Williams plays Laura. Her theatre credits The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide), Moon Tiger (Bath Theatre Royal), Sons Without Fathers from Chekhov’s Platonov, Palace of the End (Arcola Theatre), In Basildon (Royal Court), Doctor Faustus, The God of Soho, Henry IV parts I and II, Bedlam, As You Like It and A New World (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Globe/UK tour), Shraddha and Piranha Heights (Soho), Chatroom/Citizenship (National Theatre/Hong Kong Arts Festival) and Market Boy (National Theatre). Her television work includes DCI Banks, Shakespeare Uncovered, Judge John Deed, The Canterbury Tales, Being April, Plotlands, Black Hearts in Battersea, William and Mary, Bad Girls, Serious and Organised, Lloyd & Hill and Mile High; and for film, Anne Frank, Life and Lyrics and Hush Your Mouth.

James Macdonald has worked extensively Off–Broadway where he was recently the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best Director for Love and Information. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 and his numerous credits include Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, the European and US tours of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Exiles at the National Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

This translation of Le Père was supported by the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni as part of the Cross Channel Theatre programme.

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The Father is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre from 7 May – 13 June. Book now.


Britain Retold

Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Tricycle


Britain Retold: A Portrait of London
An exhibition by Sara Shamsavari

With the World Premiere of John Hollingworth’s Multitudes in the Tricycle Theatre, we’re delighted to host acclaimed artist Sara Shamsavari’s Britain Retold, which previously exhibited at City Hall in 2011 and subsequently at Rich Mix and IITSPIRATION London in 2014.

Britain Retold is an ongoing body of work which reveals individual perspectives on British identity and how it is perceived within one of the country’s most international, rapidly changing cities, London – themes closely mirrored in Multitudes.

The exhibition reflects a range of viewpoints from diverse cultural backgrounds, and are brought together to form the series in an aim to create a singular voice. The series consists of intimate portraits that incorporate the symbolism of the Union Jack, which in these contexts presents both positive and negative connotations. The images are juxtaposed with statements, enabling the public to explore and challenge their past and current interpretations of what it is to be British.

Britain Retold seeks to open a platform that allows the multi communities in London to begin redefining what it means to be British, moving toward being wholly inclusive and allowing new associations to exist alongside tradition.

About the Artist

Sara Shamsavari is a British artist of Iranian heritage whose works explore and reinterpret identity and address current social and cultural concerns. While each of photographic series’ has a distinct focus they all seek to encourage the ideals of non-judgement, equality, unity in diversity and collective responsibility.

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Britain Retold is showing in the Tricycle Gallery from 17 February – 20 March, alongside our World Premiere production of Multitudes in the theatre. Multitudes, written by John Hollingworth and directed by Indhu Rubsingham, runs from 19 February – 21 March, and explores one family’s conflicts of faith, belonging and who gets to call themselves British. Find out more and book now.


Tell It Like It Is

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Tricycle


“This place is crazy, babies having babies, teenage mothers who raise a new wave of drug pushers…” Just one of the powerful lyrics heard in director Claire Dix’s faultless feature documentary Broken Song, about three of the leading lights of Ireland’s ever-changing hip-hop scene.

Police brutality, teenage pregnancy, drugs – it was happening in the New York ghettos, but it’s also happening in estates in Ballymun and Finglas. Artists like North Dublin MCs Willa, GI and Costello – the three main characters in Dix’s ‘hip-hop opera’, which won the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award and was named audience favourite at the Jameson’s Dublin International Film Festival last year, are putting their voices to powerfully poetic lyrics about their gritty experiences. Dix has managed to offer up an intimate slice of modern Irish youth culture that those on the outside rarely get a chance to see.

Broken Song touches on the hip-hop evolution in Ireland, but it’s more interested in offering an intimate look at the lives of three young men, isn’t it?

We never set out to create the definitive guide to the Irish hip-hop scene, we just followed the lives of three young guys who are into hip-hop. We never really play any of their beats, we focus very much on their lyricism and the idea of them as modern poets, using their art to rise above difficulties in the past and present.

web1What inspired you to make a whole feature on these guys?

I met two of the main fellahs in the film, GI and Costello, in 2010. I was making a programme for Dublin’s community television and looking at a couple of different areas in the arts. That’s when I met Dean, the boys’ manager and a youth leader in Ballymun. I asked him what projects he had going on and he told me about a few guys doing hip-hop and introduced me to them. We filmed a really quick scene where they rapped a piece called Flawless. I knew nothing about Irish hip-hop at the time, but there was something in their lyrics, and the power with which they delivered them that made me think I could explore this further.

They were putting into words the chaos of their past, things they’d seen; things that don’t make the news because they’re very commonplace but if it happened in a more affluent area it would be all over the front page. There’s a lot of anger there because of it, and rightly so, and they were able to channel that anger into their rapping. There was also a strong ethos there about getting younger kids in the area to follow in their footsteps, and channel negativity into something positive, be it rapping or art or something else. These guys go out of their way to look out for the younger kids they know, which was very inspiring to me. Surprisingly, they’re not a bit interested in commercial success; they want to make a difference in their community.

Some of the guys were uncomfortable freestyling, and what they rap about can be deeply personal, was there any resistance to being followed by cameras?

Gi, Costello and the third main character in the documentary, Willa, were immediately very open to it. If they weren’t, Broken Song wouldn’t have got made – I’m not interested in coercing anyone into anything. We were very open early on about wanting to make something that would be personal. This was going to be a film for cinema, so we wanted to get under their skin and make something really intimate. They understood that and trusted us, so it happened. The candour of the younger kids (most of whom we’d bump into on the street) was mostly because they really looked up to GI and Costello, and were worried that what they were doing wasn’t good enough.

Costello speaks of how rap was borne out of frustration, a need to change – something people can feel anywhere in the world.

That’s right, and they would be real students of hip-hop and its roots. I suppose they feel, as Costello says in the film, that hip-hop can be the voice of the disenfranchised, that’s how it started in New York. It’s definitely serving that purpose here, it’s allowing them to have a voice, giving them a platform. That’s why a lot of it is coming from estates, these disadvantaged areas – because you don’t need anything but your voice, and your own intellect.

There are static shots of run-down housing estates, wasteland interwoven throughout, what was the thinking behind them?

I see these men as poets and I wanted the film to have a poetic feel to it. A lot of poets you think of traditionally writing about landscapes, seas and fields and starry skies and all this, but their landscapes are these estates. These are the vistas they see every day, so I want the audience to look at them like landscapes. These places are their inspiration, so they had to have an impact.

Broken Song‘s opening sequence sees two men floating in an expanse of water – and the rappers enjoy jumping into a chilly Irish sea later on. Is there a theme in there?

We did a lot of filming during the summer and the lads would very often go swimming in the sea, so it was something that ended up very naturally in the film. Dean would swim every day and would regularly bring some of the guys out with him, so we knew that would feature. Then the visual sequences we shot underwater became a metaphor for a path that GI and Costello had left behind. We had a visual theme of light and dark. They’ve come from a dark place, but they’ve gone into the light, but that past is still a part of you. It’s under the surface.

web2Willa (William Lee) who ‘used to sing on the block for drugs’ but now has a burgeoning singing career (he was asked by Damien Dempsey to support him) is one of the main characters. He’s the real star of this film, isn’t he?

Definitely. A big part of Costello and GI’s story was troubles they’d gone through in the past, so we wanted to mirror that with a younger kid they were helping in the present. Dean put us in touch with Willa, and we knew from the word go he was a special person. He has an amazing voice and so much charisma. He’s a lovely guy, but he’s had a very complicated past; he goes to court in the film. But he stood out immediately. He is magnetic. Hopefully he gets to do something with his amazing talent. He could go far, but you need drive and to believe in yourself. Willa has the talent, but lacks the confidence. I hope the film helps boost his profile.

What elements of the rappers’ lives surprised you the most?

They have a maturity that surprised me, and such a positive outlook despite some of the crappy things that have happened to them. Costello says ‘Darkness is just where the light hasn’t gone yet. And the light will shine there.’ For all their tough, damaged upbringings, these boys have consciously chosen a positive path. They’re very realistic about what they’ve chosen to do. They know it’s never going to buy them a big house or whatever, but they’re fiercely committed to it. That’s very refreshing.

Might people with certain preconceptions about young men on housing estates get their eyes opened by Broken Song?

Hopefully. Not everyone walking around with a hoody is a thug, you know? These guys spend all their time meticulously crafting their art, performing and working within their communities. Broken Song is supposed to be a positive film, with dark subjects within it, but the message is a positive one. And that’s not ours, it’s their message.

You must be delighted about the rave reviews the film got…

Very much so, especially as it was my first feature documentary. You’re learning all the time, and especially with something like this where it was all observational and you were having to shoot an awful lot, it’s kind of making it as you go along. These are real people and you don’t know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next.

How do you feel about the Irish Film Festival London – is it an important platform?

It’s wonderful. It’s getting my film out to a wider audience, one that’s perhaps familiar with the areas and the inner-city Dublin accents! Hopefully it’ll offer a different Irish theme, and a fresh way of looking at the city on screen. It’s a real honour to be included in the festival programme.

Broken Song will be screened as part of the Irish Film Festival London at The Tricycle on November 21 at 8.30pm, followed by a Q&A with director Claire Dix. Book tickets here.


True West: Audience Reactions

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Tricycle

Sam Shepard’s modern American classic True West has been getting great reviews and stunning audiences in our theatre… but don’t take our word for it!

We caught up with some theatregoers to hear what they though about the production.

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


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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