Articles for February, 2015


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.



Blog Takeover: TED-style talks at the Tricycle

Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Tricycle

Tricycle Takeover 2015

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.

Tricycle Takeover 2015
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.


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.

Find out more at


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.


Blog Takeover: Camaraderie Through A Cappella

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Tricycle

Tricycle Takeover 2015

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.

Tricycle Takeover 2015

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:

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


From Actor to Playwright – John Hollingworth on Multitudes

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Tricycle

Multitudes Playwright John Hollingworth is used to being on the stage rather than behind it. As well as being an actor, Multitudes is John’s first full length play. In this short video blog, John tells us what its like to make the switch from actor to playwright and how he feels the experience has changed his perceptions

Click here for more information about Multitudes and to book tickets.