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Future programming ahead of the reopening of our theatre

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Tricycle

With the annual Tricycle Takeover due to open next month, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the company’s forthcoming work ahead of the reopening of the building in spring 2018.

This summer, Mikel Murfi returns with his production of The Man in The Woman’s Shoes, which was a sell-out success at the Tricycle last year, playing in rep with his brand new play, I Hear You and Rejoice in the Tricycle cinema space.

Rubasingham’s Olivier Award-winning production of Moira Buffini‘s hit play Handbagged will receive its US première at the Round House Theatre in Washington DC as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival – the world’s largest festival dedicated to new work by women.

In a first for the company, the Tricycle Theatre will partner with the National Theatre in a co-production of the world première of The Great Wave which won its playwright, Francis Turnly, the Catherine Johnson Award (2016). Rubasingham directs the production, which opens at the National Theatre in Spring 2018. Turnly was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Tricycle Theatre in 2015.

The Tricycle cinema space also plays hosts to Inua EllamsAn Evening with an Immigrant; and comedy nights presented by Upfront as part of their 25th anniversary season.


Tricycle Takeover returns for its 4th year with its most ambitious programme to date. Six venues across the borough will host more than 25 free events, screenings, performances and masterclasses across a 13 day period in April. During the Takeover, young people from across London will be invited to get involved as audiences, workshop participants and performers.

Headlining Takeover 2017 are six new plays, The Invisible Boy; 24 Hours; Almost, But Not Quite; We Too, Are Giants; Buried; and Mission Improbable, written for six new theatre companies exploring themes of community, the expectations of society and coming of age. Eleven professional playwrights and directors from across the industry have been leading the projects, including names such as Tinuke Craig, Chino Odimba and Somalia Seaton.

The programme of events and masterclasses include Film in a Day; Stage Combat; Podcast Drama Workshop; Puppetry; Mapping Futures Q&A – Creativity in Brent, with Andre Anderson, Dilan Dattani and Indhu Rubasingham; and a special talk with Mariah Idrissi, the first hijab wearing model to sign to a major agency from Wembley Park.


Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

Summer 2017

Mikel Murfi returns to the Tricycle following the sell-out success of The Man in The Woman’s Shoes in 2016 to present a further run of the production in rep with his new one man show I Hear You and Rejoice.

Late in life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one.

Written and performed by Mikel Murfi, I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.

This show is the second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival 2015.

Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor and a director he has worked in all the major theatres in Ireland. He has won 5 fringe first awards in Edinburgh and the Irish Times award for Best Supporting actor. His film work includes The CommitmentsThe Butcher BoyIntermission and Jimmy’s Hall. Following sell-out runs in Dublin and at the Galway International Arts Festival, he performed in 2014 at the National Theatre London in Enda Walsh’s acclaimed production of Ballyturk with Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. He performed in The Last Hotel – an opera by Enda Walsh in Covent Garden. He’ll appear once again at Sadler’s Wells in November 2017  in Michael Keegan-Dolan’s sell out show from last November – the dance theatre production of Swan Lake/Loch Na hEala.


By Moira Buffini

31 January – 25 February 2018

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
Part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Presented by arrangement with Tricycle Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions

Indhu Rubasingham’s Olivier Award-winning production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged makes its US première at the Round House Theatre in Washington DC as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival – the world’s largest festival of new work by female playwrights.

The monarch – Liz.
Her most powerful subject – Maggie.

Two enduring icons born six months apart. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Handbagged is the ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century.

Moira Buffini’s ‘irresistibly mischievous’ (The Independent) comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors?

Moira Buffini’s plays include Women, Power & Politics for the Tricycle Theatre,, Welcome To Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre, Dying For It (adapted from Nicolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre, A Vampire Story for NT Connections, Loveplay for the RSC, Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Gabriel for Soho Theatre (LWT Plays On Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award), Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room, and Jordan with Anna Reynolds for the Gate (Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play). For television, her work includes Harlots; and her screenplays include Viceroy’s House, Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan. She recently directed her first short film, Father.

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 Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre – also West End and UK tour). Other productions for the Tricycle Theatre include The Invisible Hand, 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 Ugly Lies the Bone, 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 (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Wuthering Heights (Birmingham REP), Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre), Sugar Dollies and Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios), Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California) and A Doll’s House (Young Vic).

Round House Theatre is one of the leading theatre companies in the Washington, D.C., area, recently called “one of the most important outposts in the region for provocative high-end drama” by The Washington Post, and a member of the prestigious League of Regional Theatres. Handbagged will be presented as a part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival (for which Round House is an Originating Theatre) the world’s largest festival of new works by female playwrights. The festival was created to highlight the scope of new plays written by female playwrights and the range of professional theatre being produced in and around the nation’s capital.


A Tricycle Theatre and National Theatre co-production
By Francis Turnly

Spring 2018
Dorfman Theatre 

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

An epic play set in Japan and North Korea. On a dark and stormy night two sisters, Hanako and Reiko, are swept away by a gigantic wave. Reiko survives while Hanako is, seemingly, lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her daughter is still alive.

The Great Wave won the Catherine Johnson Award (2016), and renews Turnly’s collaboration with the Tricycle Theatre – in 2014 he was awarded the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, joining the Tricycle Theatre for a residency throughout 2015.

Francis Turnly’s plays include Hiding for Watford Palace Theatre, Bogland for The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Harajuku Girls for Finborough Theatre. He has written several plays for Radio 4 including the original detective drama, Hinterland.


Presented by Inua Ellams and Fuel
Written and performed by Inua Ellams

Summer 2017

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams returns to the Tricycle with An Evening with an Immigrant.

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996, Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for 3 years before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.

Part of this story was documented in his hilarious autobiographical Edinburgh Fringe First award winning play, The 14th Tale, but most of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Age recommendation: 15+


The Upfront Comedy season continues with:

Sunday 2 April, 7.30pm
John Simmit, Wil-E, Mr Cee and Thanyia Moore
Upfront founder John Simmit introduces an international line up headlined by Washington’s Wil-E, and featuring circuit everyman Mr Cee and spiky, sassy south Londoner Thanyia Moore.

Sunday 7 May, 7.30pm
Kane Brown, Rudi Lickwood, Kayleigh Lewis and Glazz Campbell
Comedy’s alpha male Kane Brown introduces Harlesden’s own Rudi Lickwood, award-winning new girl Kayleigh Lewis and Sheffield’s affable ex-boxer Glazz Campbell 

Age recommendation: 16+



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.