Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’


Ben Hur Blog 1: Alix Dunmore “It’s all in the wigs”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is plays numerous roles in our upcoming EPIC production of Ben Hur, including most of the women, a few of the men, plus various children and animals (tbc). So how does she make each one distinctive?

We asked Alix if she had any tricks or techniques to creating memorable characters, and how to keep track of who each one is. This is what she said…

Alix Dunmore and John Hopkins in rehearsals for Ben Hur. Photos: Mark Douet.

“It’s all in the wigs. Seriously though, it’s important to delineate the different physicalities of each character. Tirzah is quite gangly and floppy – all elbows because she’s a teenager; Esther moves smoothly and unobtrusively, saying much with her eyes because she’s a servant; Catalinya takes big strides, strikes poses and paws at herself and other people whenever possible. The other characters have their own reasons for moving the way they do including age, sex and level of comfort with playing the scene.

It also helps that all my characters have very different accents and vocal pitches. That’s partly scripted but partly a choice given that some of the changes are so quick and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them that it’s better to telegraph who I am in every physical way possible.

Additionally we’ve been working with the movement director on how Ben Hur interacts with each character. At a particularly critical quick-change moment it’s only a change of wig (costume-wise) that makes each character appear so we’ve been looking at how John, playing Ben Hur, would touch and speak to each of them.

Plus the wigs really do help.”

The wig-tastic Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle from 19 Nov – 9 Jan. Find out more and book tickets.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Ramzi and Dominic

Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Tricycle

In the final installment of our Meeting the MUJU Crew series, Dominic and Ramzi both give their opinions on walking the fine line of satire, especially when it comes down to things people feel strongly about!

Thanks for joining us for the Meeting the MUJU Crew series!

Come In! Sit Down! opens tonight – there’s still time to book, click here and get your ticket.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Dominic & Lauren

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Tricycle

And… they’re back! Say hello again to Dominic and Lauren from the MUJU Crew. Dominic is back to tell us about finding some new cultural clowns ripe for gentle mocking – and Lauren takes on the task of describing MUJU in under 30 seconds!

Come In! Sit Down! opens in just 3 days and there’s still time to get a ticket – click here to book now.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Amina & Daniella

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by Tricycle

Today we welcome back Amina and Daniella of the MUJU Crew to the Tricycle blog. Amina tells us ‘it OK to be a funny Muslim!’ while Daniella shows us that sometimes its better to get stuck in than bogged down in conversation.

Come In! Sit Down! opens next week – click here to book!


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actor Ramzi DeHani

Monday, July 20th, 2015 by Tricycle

Today we introduce the last actor from the MUJU Crew, Ramzi DeHani. Ramzi was interested to get involved in the project to explore his cultural heritage and find the funny moments in everyday life.

Don’t worry – we’ll be back later this week with some of the Muju members you’ve already met coming back for a second bite of the blogging apple.

And remember if you haven’t booked for Come In! Sit Down! yet, click here to do so now.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actor Stevie Basaula

Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Tricycle

Some of you may recognise actor Stevie Basaula from the Tricycle Young Company production, The Dissidents, that took place earlier this year. We’re really pleased that Stevie is now working with The MUJU Crew on Come In! Sit Down! In these vlogs Stevie talks about his interest in exploring the communication between Muslims and Jews, and the cultural sterotypes in the media.

Up next is actor Ramzi DeHani – visit us later this week as we continue the series.

Not got your ticket yet? Click here for more info and to book.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actress Lauren Silver

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Tricycle

Come In! Sit Down! actress Lauren Silver talks about the personal journey she has been on whilst working on this project, and what questions she’s asked of herself throughout the process. In the second clip, Lauren gives us a glimpse into her highs and lows…

If you haven’t seen them yet, why not scroll back and watch the first few blogs in the Meeting the MUJU Crew series. Later this week we’ll be speaking to Tricycle Young Company member and MUJU Crew member, Stevie Basaula.

For more info and to book, click here.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actor Dominic Garfield

Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Tricycle

The first of the fellas, Dominic Garfield, is up today as we continue our Meeting the MUJU Crew vlog series. Dominic tells us how the project has allowed him to explore and express issues in the media and also what he hopes the audience will take away when they come and watch.

Stick with us as we’ll be meeting actress Lauren Silver later this week and hearing about her highs and lows in the process.

For more information on Come In! Sit Down! and to book, click here.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actress Daniella Isaacs

Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Tricycle

Continuing our Meeting the MUJU Crew series, today we say hello to actress Daniella Isaacs. Daniella tells us why she was interested in getting involved in Come In! Sit Down! and also tries to answer the old question: ‘What makes something funny?’

Check back later this week where we’ll be introducing the first of the fellas in the MUJU Crew, Dominic Garfield.

For more information and to book, click here.


Meeting the MUJU Crew: Actress Amina Zia

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 by Tricycle


Welcome to a new blog series from the Tricycle: Meet the MUJU Crew!

Later this month, The MUJU Crew will be presenting their new comedy sketch show, Come In! Sit Down! The MUJU Crew formed at the Tricycle 10 years ago and are now returning to our stage for a side splitting night of comedy complete with sketches from a hip hop Rabbi and feminist Fatima and her four husbands!

Over the coming weeks we’ll be speaking with The MUJU Crew and finding out what they think about comedy, culture and the creative process. Today we’re introducing actress Amina Zia who tells us its OK to be a funny Muslim, and talks about some of the challenges she’s overcome in the creative process.

Check back later this week where we’ll be introducing actress Daniella Isaacs.

Fore more information and to book, click here.