Articles for August, 2012


Joseph Phibbs – a World Premiere

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Tricycle

Composer Joseph Phibbs

Anticipating the WORLD PREMIERE of his new string quartet at the Tricycle Theatre on Sunday 16 September, the acclaimed local composer Joseph Phibbs writes:

‘I’m thrilled to have been commissioned by the Tricycle Theatre to write this short string quartet for the Honeymead Ensemble.  I’ve tried to make the work reflect the unique space in which it will be first performed, and in this regard it could be seen to reveal ‘dramatic’ qualities- sudden changes in mood and pace, and the four players conceived at time as characters in a drama. My biggest heroes of string quartet writing would have to be Schubert, Beethoven (who revolutionised the genre) and Britten- with Bartok and Carter also somewhere in the mix.  It’s therefore a particular privilege to have my new work presented alongside two of these giants- the second quartet of Britten’s being one of my very favourite works.’


Listen to an extract from Phibbs’ 2005 work The Canticle of the Rose for string quartet and solo soprano, which was shortlisted for the RPS Chamber Music Prize.

Find out more about Joseph Phibbs or book now for September’s concert.


Bravo Mark Thomas!

Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Tricycle

Mark Thomas’s new show, Bravo Figaro, is going down a storm at the Edinburgh Fringe (Traverse Theatre till 26th August), and has just earned Mark a well-deserved Fringe First Award. We can’t wait till it opens here on 10th September. Bravo Figaro tells the story of Mark’s experience when his father develops a degenerative disease. We could tell you more, or you could read an interview with Mark in the Evening Standard, or this article in The Guardian, or you could even listen to him talking about it on Radio 4’s Front Row.

 We emerge enlightened, uplifted and deeply moved METRO

 A work of honest beauty THE HERALD

 Deeply powerful… A profound exploration THE LIST 

Four Stars Touching but brilliantly funny THE TIMES

Four Stars Bravo indeed THE TELEGRAPH

Four Stars A heartwarming story told with a lot of humour SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Four Stars [A] refreshing performance SUNDAY TIMES

 … This is one you really don’t want to miss.



Trinidad and Tobago at The Tricycle!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 by Tricycle

Trinidad and Tobago are bringing a dose of tropical sunshine to The Tricycle.

Check out these photos of their cultural village.

For more details, click here.