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Blog Takeover: Stevie Basaula

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Tricycle

Today we have a vlog from Tricycle Young Company member Stevie Basaula who is playing Juan in Shamser Sinha’s The Dissidents. Looks like the company are having far too much fun when they should be working in rehearsals!

The Dissidents is part of Takeover 2015, a week long programme of theatre, film, workshops and events programmed by and for young people. The Dissidents opens in just over two weeks time (26-28 March) – click here to watch The Dissidents trailer. Click to see the full Takeover 2015 line up.


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Blog Takeover 2015: Shamser Sinha

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Tricycle

 

The Dissidents playwright Shamser Sinha discusses his inspiration behind his new play and how he tried to portray the Tricycle Young Company’s political opinions. Through The Dissidents Sinha wishes to reflect a true and honest representation of the views and experiences of Britain’s young people today.

Tickets for The Dissidents and other Takeover 2015  performances and events can be booked on our website.

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Blog Takeover: TED-style talks at the Tricycle

Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Tricycle

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This week we are kicking off with a blog from Rosie, a Takeover 2015 Trainee Producer, who gives us the run down of what we can expect from her event, Takeover Visions (a TED-style event with talks from inspiring young speakers). The full programme of Takeover 2015 events is now available online to book here.

So it’s February and the Tricycle Takeover is just over a month away! It seems strange to think it was four months ago that we trainee producers met and sat around a table discussing ideas for this year’s Takeover, but now it’s really starting to take shape, and it’s very exciting.

So far, the process has taken us from the very beginnings of what it requires to plan a week-long programme like this, all the way through budgeting, setting objectives, programming artists, marketing, and even doing a risk assessment or two. Now we’re at the stage where we are sitting in on rehearsals with the Young Company, contacting artists who we want to work with, and getting our message out there!

My name is Rosie, I’m 23 and I’ve been working in the arts for about two years since I graduated from Manchester University. I joined the Tricycle Trainee Producers scheme because I wanted to gain hands-on experience of producing for theatre, and it’s been a really enjoyable and insightful process. The opportunity to realise our ideas, and help to shape the themes and message of the Takeover has been invaluable.

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As well as working quite broadly on the Takeover, we have also each been working to produce our own event. I am putting together Takeover Visions; an evening of talks and performances from inspiring young people with stories that demand to be heard. I want to celebrate the talent, ingenuity, diversity and attitudes of today’s young people, and I hope the evening will prove eye-opening and worthwhile for audiences of all ages. Young writers, film makers, political activists and entrepreneurs will all share their stories. I do hope you can come along.

This year’s Takeover will see three plays performed by the Tricycle Young Company, including a new play by Shamser Sinha; The Dissidents which talks about important issues such as the housing crisis. There are six new commissions from National Theatre Connections, a series of creative workshops open to young people and exploring techniques from improvisation to spoken word, and a short film festival showcasing new work from young film makers. This year there is a real focus on the local community of Brent, with the ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition by students of UCL exploring what Kilburn means to them, and Imagined Cities, part of the Tricycle’s Minding the Gap project, showcases the Tricycle’s work with local refugees. The entire building will be alive with energy, with performances from the Granville Youth Arts Band,  by Sujata Banerjee dance company, and open mic nights with local artists taking over the gallery and bar.

It’s going to be an amazing week of provocative ideas, debate, and discussion, and we hope you can be a part of it.

The full line-up of Takeover events, workshops and performances is now available to view and book online here. Remember to tweet your thoughts using #Takeover2015.


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Blog Takeover: Camaraderie Through A Cappella

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Tricycle

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Today we have a blog from Trainee Producer Will Mendelowitz, one of the young people working on Takeover 2015. Will is kicking off the blogging for Takeover 2015 – a week long programme of theatre, film, workshops and events created by and for young people. Follow the Tricycle blog over the coming weeks for insights from the team making Takeover 2015 happen…

Hello there! I’m Will, 23 from Wimbledon, and I’m one of the Trainee Producers working on Takeover 2015. I’m so happy to be part of this amazing series of events; Tricycle Young Company has truly taken over the building!

The event I’m producing is the a cappella singing workshop. It will be an opportunity for singers of all levels to learn the basics of close-harmony singing and (hopefully!) give a mini-performance at the end. It will be run by All the King’s Men (AtKM), a semi-professional group from King’s College London who have toured both in the UK and USA – I’m really excited to have them on board. I wanted to put something on during Takeover that would leave people with the experience of something new and maybe the desire to pursue it further! Performing in a group creates a fantastic sense of camaraderie and makes the whole performance process much more fun. Organising this has been a pleasure; AtKM were really keen from the get go, and I’m very grateful to my fellow producers and the Creative Learning team for their support of the idea.

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I’m really enjoying the producers’ weekly meetings. Each time we hear about the developments of each others’ ideas, while working together to plan the overall themes and other events for the week. I’m particularly looking forward to the Takeover Hangouts, opportunities for young audiences to hear from writers, actors and producers about their experience of working in theatre. We meet on the same day as Tricycle Young Company so can also always hear them (noisily!) rehearsing for The Dissidents by Shamser Sinha. It’s sure to be a packed week!

With the General Election so soon after Takeover, we want our young audiences to think about their political engagement and whether they feel heard. If I were to change one thing about the country, it would be compulsory a cappella workshops for everyone… no but seriously; I would want more theatre like we have on during Takeover: plays that show the real effect of political decisions on young people, rather than depicting the drama of the decisions themselves.

Looking forward to seeing you during Takeover 2015! I hope you enjoy the week.

Check out All the King’s Men here: http://youtu.be/hXexkHvBByM

We’d love you to get involved, so remember to keep tweeting, posting and using instagram with the hashtag #Takeover2015!


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Fiesty & funny – Tricycle Young Company

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Tricycle

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I’ve just joined the Tricycle as the new Young Company Director. Randomly last year I came to the Takeover Festival and it was magical. There was a buzz created by so many young people showcasing their work with pride. So when I got the job I was thrilled. Six weeks ago I chucked all my earthly possessions in my car and moved city, house and job from Theatre Royal Plymouth to the Trike. I saw The Kilburn Passion over the summer which was funny and moving and so I know the quality of the work produced by the young people here and I am ridiculously excited about the year ahead.

I’m directing projects with four groups: Press Road Young Company 10-14s, Young Company 11-14s, 15-18s and 19-25s. I’ve spent the first six weeks just getting to know the actors, playing with physicality, text, improvisation and games. The four performances we’re making are going to be very different in style and process – the only thing I can say for certain is that all the groups seem to be headed in quite a political direction. Already some of the stories and themes they’re exploring and bringing into the rehearsal room are quite challenging.

19-25s

The actors are working on a new play by Shamser Sinha. Making a play that represents 21 voices is quite a challenge. I’ve worked with writers before on developing scripts with young people and each process is unique to the writer and actors. As a director my job is to facilitate workshops to find out what kinds of ideas the company are interested in telling and from there find useful exercises which help Shamser develop the story, characters and theatricality of the play. The company have done research – brought in music, personal stories, newspaper articles, answered questions and created short scenes in response to them.

15-18s

This group are fascinating. Feisty, funny and inquisitive. Bhav Parmar (Assistant Director) and myself have a blast every week with this lot. We’ve been playing with extracts of scripts; we covered the room with images cut out from magazines and newspapers and off the internet; we’ve made scenes in response to these. We’ve now begun the devising process through the creation of characters. The first week each actor chose a name, a characteristic and then proceeded to answer a questionnaire about from the perspective of the new character. They were then interviewed by three other actors to find out more about this character’s history, family and lifestyle. We’ve discovered how some of these characters relate to each other and authority. (In role as ‘Carol’, a recently graduated youth worker with a social work degree, I was given a certain amount of grief by some of these characters!) We know this play will take place with them trapped in a space overnight, but I don’t want to tell you too much!

11-14s

This group is playful and I wanted to stretch them to try characters outside of their experience and in a range of acting styles. So, we’ve done a lot of work with scripts and how writing comes off the page. We’ve played with extracts from four VERY different styles and stories. A giant baby kidnapped by the government, a class on a school trip convinced their teacher is secretly a terrorist, a little girl never allowed to take any risks, and a silly competition for geniuses where a girl goes undercover to prove to her dad how clever she is. The group then voted to perform Gargantua by Carl Grose (who regularly writes for theatre company Kneehigh). The characters are larger than life and we have the challenge of working out how to stage a giant baby eating various politicians (can we make edible gingerbread puppet politicians?)

Rehearsals kicking into gear for the Takeover...

Rehearsals kicking into gear for the Takeover…

Press Road Young Company

These young actors are competitive! I know this because, despite 10 years of playing ‘Splat’ with teenagers, I have yet to win against this group. We’ve been exploring the story of King Midas (for whom everything he touched turned to gold) and how it relates to contemporary culture with its themes of greed but also asylum. Towards the end of this term the company created characters and set Dempsey (the Assistant Director) and me the challenge of writing short scenes based on their ideas to perform back. I was given a lot of notes on my first draft and they have been teaching me how to incorporate convincing slang into the dialogue. I have much to learn before we start developing a film after Christmas.

(Tricycle Theatre has run drama projects at the Press Road Housing Estate since 2004)

 

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