Articles for March, 2011


Arts Council Funding Annoucement

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Tricycle

The Tricycle, in common with the majority of Arts Council funded organisations has received an 11% cut over the next 3 years. We are naturally very disappointed especially as the Arts Council Stage 1 assessment recommended an uplift in funding, but our stage 2 assessment made it clear that the money was not available – it said:

Tricycle Theatre was assessed as making a strong contribution to our goals and priorities. We recommend funding, based in part on the organisation’s excellent track record to date, and the planned activity adding value to our five goals. However, we found that we could not fully fund all strong applications to the levels requested because the budget was limited and we needed to ensure there was a balance of contributions to our five goals across the area.

We understand that Government cuts forced the Arts Council into making difficult decisions, but these cuts will lead to higher unemployment, a diminished Arts sector, and less access through higher prices.

Nicolas Kent
Artistic Director

30th March 2011


Bronte in rehearsal

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by Tricycle

As we get ready for Shared Experience’s ‘transcendentally beautiful’ BRONTË which comes to the Tricycle from 5 – 30 April we’re giving you a sneak peak of the company in rehearsal.

The Shared Experience cast and creative team have a very intense rehearsal period. The end production is a result of a real collaboration in the rehearsal room between director, acting company and creative team.



The Tricycle's 30th Birthday Party

Monday, March 21st, 2011 by Tricycle

With only 9 days to go till we hold our 30th Birthday Party the excitement, nerves (occasional panic!) are mounting!

This year we’re making 30 years of the Tricycle the focus of our annual fundraising event and we’ve set ourselves the goal of giving our guests the best party ever and raising record amounts. The party is catered by top London company The Cellar Society and is being held at a rather chic venue in Holland Park, the Louise Blouin Foundation.

There will be entertainment from the gorgeous Jessie Buckley (who was the runner up in the Andrew Lloyd Webber series auditioning for ‘Nancy’ in Oliver!) and Imelda Staunton. The Tricycle Singers will be kicking off the entertainment and have been rehearsing hard for weeks for this opportunity to perform. Our party host and MC is Jim Carter, who will keep everything moving at a fair pace and is, in his own words, a ‘merciless auctioneer’! (more…)


HIS & HERS Q&A with Director Ken Wardrop

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 by Tricycle

Join us on Sunday 20 March, 5.30pm for a relaxed afternoon after the festivities of St Patrick’s Day. The Tricycle is delighted to welcome Irish Director Ken Wardrop for an exclusive Q&A alongside a special screening of one of the most successful Irish films of recent times. Book here

Featured in The Irish World (12 March 2011) read Ken Wardrop’s interview on making his award-winning film.

How did the idea for ‘His And Hers’ come to you?

This is one of the toughest questions to answer in relation to our film “His & Hers”. There was no one eureka moment that inspired the idea behind this film. Rather it was a combination of moments and considerations.

Back in 2008 I attended the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst workshop for low-budget filmmaking. This was perfect timing, as my producing colleague Andrew Freedman and I were hoping to make our first feature length film. Our experience to-date had been in short form documentaries and it felt appropriate that our next move should be a long form documentary.

This coincided with being at that age where all my friends were getting married and making those serious life long commitments. I however was very happy single and of course would cynically question my friends’ life choices. I saw the potential in this as idea to investigate in a documentary.

With this in mind, I decided to consider my Mum’s story as a way to create a narrative. She married her childhood sweetheart and they spent a happy life together until my father died prematurely from cancer in his early sixties. I then considered telling this narrative using ordinary stories from characters at varying stages of life. From these “ordinary” stories I hoped to create a composite of an “extraordinary” story of sharing life’s journey. (more…)


How The Great Game emptied the Pentagon

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 by Tricycle

Featured in The Guardian (2 March 2011), read Nicolas Kent’s diary of the Pentagon performances.

Three years’ ago as yet another script about the war in Iraq crossed my desk I became very aware that the story had moved on, but that the arts and, to some extent the media, had not. Afghanistan was going to be the challenge for Western foreign policy for the next decade, yet in early 2008 there was not much reporting of it, and no artistic response to the war except for The Kite Runner. I knew little about Afghanistan, but was determined to find out more. It soon became evident to me that if we were to do anything theatrically meaningful about foreign involvement in Afghanistan since the British invasion 170 years ago it would take more than one play and more than one evening.

After talking to a number of playwrights a plan evolved. The project became a day-long immersion, twelve half hour plays interspersed with some verbatim interviews from politicians, journalists and soldiers, taking the audience on a journey from the first Anglo-Afghan wars to Independence; from the Russian invasion to the CIA arming of the Mujahideen; from the coming of the Taliban to Operation Enduring Freedom, the reconstruction, aid-workers and the present situation in Helmand. Nine month’s later, the dozen writers had all delivered, I had spent a hectic week in Kabul, my co-director, Indhu Rubasingham, and I had cast the plays, Pamela Howard had designed the sets and the 115 costumes, and after six weeks rehearsals we had opened The Great Game at the Tricycle Theatre in London.

A year later we revived the production in London before taking it on a US national tour. In July before leaving for America Sir David Richards, then Head of the British Army, hosted a day-long performance for the British military, Whitehall policy-makers, and soldiers about to deploy to Afghanistan. (more…)