Posts Tagged ‘Creative Learning’


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Flicking the Switch – meet Francis from TriCorp

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Tricycle

That’s right, you heard correctly – Tricycle Young Company are back! Following a sell-out run earlier in the year as part of Takeover 2016: Paradise, Switch is making a triumphant return to the Tricycle. So if you missed out on you chance to ‘flick the switch’ back in March, get on it and book now.

Tricycle Young Company have been working hard to develop and re-vamp the show ready for four performances on 19th and 26th June. In the first of our flicking the switch blog series, we meet Young Company member Nicholas Marrast-Lewis who talks to Heather Agyepong about working for the mysterious TriCorp company…

This is also the LAST Young Company performance in the theatre before we close for an exciting period of renovations – read more about our Capital Project here.

Switch is an immersive theatre experience that takes place across the whole of the Tricycle building. To book, click here.


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Celebrating 10 Years of Minding The Gap

Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Tricycle

We’re preparing to celebrate the tenth anniversary year of Minding the Gap, a creative learning project that provides young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have recently arrived in London the opportunity to use drama and theatre to express themselves, develop their voices and help prepare them for life in the capital.

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We currently deliver over ten workshops every week at our home in Kilburn, engaging more than two-hundred students and a team of fifteen international practitioners from Greece, Italy, Poland and America. Working collaboratively, they use a range of theatre techniques and activities to boost confidence and self-esteem, culminating in a performance of theatre and short films written and performed by the students themselves.

In the London Borough of Brent, where we’re based, over one hundred and thirty languages are spoken in the surrounding secondary schools. It is the only borough in London to place young asylum seekers, refugees and recently arrived migrants in reception classes before they move into mainstream schooling. The supportive environment of the rehearsal studio provides students with the perfect opportunity to develop confidence and the skills required to work together as a team. In addition to developing their spoken and written English, students come away with a sense of pride that they have been a part of the Tricycle.

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Fay Byron, a teacher from the Greenway Project at Claremont School in Brent said: “We always expect that the Minding the Gap project will boost our children’s confidence, as they are usually rather shy and reluctant to talk when they first join us. The project has definitely achieved that this year and thanks to the excellent facilitators, we have seen some remarkable changes in the children’s levels of confidence and spoken ability. It is a joy to see how much they have changed, and we are not sure whether this change could have been achieved without the aid of the Project.”

Nadia Papachronopoulou, a Drama Facilitator for Minding the Gap said: “Over the course of a year we create a show for the main stage at the Tricycle and made short films. The young people work with a professional playwright and professional film crew to help tell their stories and realise their ideas. I have never seen a performance where the actors are so happy to be part of a production, it has been incredible. I have watch participants turn from shy and self-conscious to be able to confidently speaking in English and always volunteering to do more acting! This program has been very empowering and allowing young people who have not been to a theatre before to be part of a company where they are the actors and I look forward to continuing this in the coming years.”

For more information on these projects or to find out about how to get involved, please contact the Creative Learning Team on 020 7625 0134 or email creativelearning@tricycle.co.uk.


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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.

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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!

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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…

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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)

 

Find out more about how you can support the work of the Tricycle by clicking here. Click here for more info on the Takeover.


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What’s your #Passion? Jack and Rob

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Tricycle

With The Kilburn Passion opening here at the Tricycle next week, we’re continuing with our #passion video blogs from members of Tricycle Young Company. What are you passionate about? Tell us on twitter using #KilburnPassion.

Today Young Company members Jack and Rob tell us what they just can’t live without!

 

 

The Kilburn Passion is exploding back onto the Tricycle stage from 5 – 9 August. For more information and to book tickets to The Kilburn Passion click here.


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Blog Takeover: Toy Kangaroos, Group Birthing & Opening Night Nerves

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Tricycle
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The Kilburn Passion in rehearsal

Today we have a blog from Tricycle Young Company Member Luke, who is acting in The Kilburn Passion which is opening tonight as part of the Takeover Festival! We’re really rooting for all the Young Company actors gearing up to open to a packed house of Kilburn locals and theatre lovers. As the age old saying goes, break a leg guys!

It seems any blog about my experiences working on The Kilburn Passion would need to start with a bit of background first. Starting anything with “at last week’s rehearsals, after introducing ourselves to a toy kangaroo called Kennedy, we began to plot out the chorus’ baby birthing scene and the cream doughnut fight” definitely needs a bit of context and explanation.
 
My journey with the Tricycle’s Young Company starts back in Summer 2013 when Mark Londesborough, the Creative Learning Director at the Tricycle Theatre, came to do a talk for a youth project I was involved with about the Tricycle’s plans for the Takeover Festival. I left that Q&A with one note: “Tricycle Theatre Young Company – SIGN UP”. A few weeks later, with an audition booked in, I made my way to Kilburn and sat nervously on the tube, wondering what to expect. And so ensued one of the most relaxed and enjoyable auditions I’ve ever had. I was put in a room with 20 other young people with a passion for theatre and we were allowed to simply play, explore, and have fun with our own interpretations of various scenes and situations that we were given. I left that audition even more resolved that this project at this theatre was something that I just had to be involved with in whatever way I could.
 
Luckily, two weeks later I received ‘The Email’. As any actor will know the first step to opening such emails involves desperately scanning with fingers over the eyes for the words ‘unfortunately’, ‘however’ or ‘the standard was particularly high’. Thankfully, it included neither and it was inviting me to join the Young Company for 2013/14. Needless to say I was ecstatic; primarily because, based on my audition, the standard was indeed very high. From my short time spent amongst them, The Tricycle seems to draw in tirelessly passionate, driven and talented people that make it a genuinely enjoyable place to just hang out; whether you are working there or not and that was certainly reflected in the people who came to audition for the Young Company.
 
And of course, that is not more palpable than in the young people who made up the final company and those working with us. Not only are we led by the wonderful Emily Lim, who is one of the most dynamic and endlessly energetic people I have ever had the pleasure to be around, let alone be directed by. We are also enormously blessed to be working alongside playwright Suhayla El-Bushra.  Suhayla’s insights into us as individuals, as a company and into society at large have resulted in a truly original and unique play that not only expresses what we as a young company have to say but that feels uniquely ‘of us’.

The Kilburn Passion in rehearsals

The Kilburn Passion in rehearsals

 
The ‘us’ in question of course being the collection of 18 young people that form the Young Company. One rehearsal spent with this company and it becomes evidently clear why a theatre piece is called a play. And at first glance you could be forgiven for assuming that is all we do. However, if anything I have written previously feels like sentimental cheese then prepare for the overripe, matured stilton of it all because this has to be one of the most united, talented and determined bunches of people I’ve ever worked with. Determined in their passion for theatre making; determined in their demand for a ‘voice’ and determined to have fun. Tuesday evenings have come to be one of my most looked forward to times of the week.
 
And the culmination of all of this hard work, passion and determination? A new play, written beautifully by Suhayla; directed effortedly (or whatever the opposite of effortlessly is, because it has sure as hell involved one hell of a lot of effort) by Emily Lim and staged spectacularly by the technical and design team, Elena Peña, Chris Gylee, Jack Knowles, Shannon Foster and Georgina Brazier. Now, as we inch ever terrifyingly close to opening night, the camaraderie and group dynamics come into full effect as we come to terms with the set (all 9 raised platforms of it) and the furiously relentless transitions, choral scenes and prop-journey madnesses! And amidst all this madness, introducing ourselves to toy kangaroos, group birthing scenes and cream doughnuts have well and truly cemented themselves into the norm… and that is slightly worrying, and beautiful at the same time!
 
The Kilburn Passion opens on the 3rd of April as part of the Tricycle’s young people Takeover Festival and I’d like to finally thank Mark Londesborough, Anna Myers and all the other wonderful people behind the scenes at the Tricycle for whom youth engagement in their theatre work is clearly at the heart of what they do. This is not just a youth project, it is a Youth Takeover and I am immensely proud to be even a small part of it.

Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday performances of The Kilburn Passion– click here to book. And there’s still loads of workshops and events you can take part in until 5 April- click here for more info and to see what’s on.


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Lyrical Fireworks Competition

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Tricycle
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Hopelessly Devoted in rehearsal

Be part of the Tricycle Takeover Festival!

Do you have a way with words? Are you 26 or under? Enter our Lyrical Fireworks Competition with IdeasTap and you could win tickets to see Kate Tempest’s new production Hopelessly Devoted and have the chance to perform your own poem at Poetry Live as part of the Tricycle’s Takeover Festival.

“They can lock your body up,
They can lock you in,
If you let them lock your mind up though,
You let ‘em win.”
Hopelessly Devoted

We want songwriters, rappers, lyricists, wordsmiths and poets to open their notebooks and submit their favourite composition to be in with a chance of winning.

The top prize is a chance to perform your work at our Poetry Live event on 31 March (alongside James Massiah, Bridget Minamore and others), a performance fee of £25, 2 tickets to Hopelessly Devoted and a signed copy of Kate Tempest’s breakthrough play Wasted. The winning song, poem or rap will be shared on the Tricycle blog and via social media to over 30k followers – that’s a great way to share your work!

Two runners up will also receive signed copies of Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted posters. The winner will be picked by Hopelessly Devoted Directors, James Grieve and Stef O’Driscoll.

Competition entries must be your own original work. Need some inspiration? Check out this audio and video of Kate Tempest in action.

Some things you should know:

  • This competition closes on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 12pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 26.
  • The winner of this brief will be announced on Thursday 27 March
  • If your poem wins, you will need to be available to perform your work at Poetry Live on Monday 31 March at 4pm. Poetry Live takes place in the Tricycle cinema
  • The winner is responsible for their own travel arrangements but IdeasTap will cover the travel costs up to £50.
  • You may have someone else perform, sing or rap your poem if you wish, but you need to arrange for this yourself and both of you will need to be available to attend Poetry Live on Monday 31 March

Terms and conditions:

  • The winning entrant will need to be available to perform their poem at the Poetry Live event in the Tricycle Cinema on 31 March at 4pm.
  • The winner is responsible for their own travel arrangements but IdeasTap will cover the travel costs up to £50.

How to enter:

  • To apply, you must first become an IdeasTap member here. This opportunity is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 – 26
  • Follow this link to the IdeasTap site for details on how to enter

“Love locked me down,
Love cuffed my wrists.
I couldn’t move a muscle,
I was his.”
Hopelessly Devoted


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Blog Takeover: Producing a Festival

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Tricycle
The Young Company in rehearsals for the Takeover

The Young Company in rehearsals for the Takeover

Today we have a guest blog from one of the Tricycle’s Young Producers, Katy. With a little over four weeks to go till the opening of the Tricycle’s first ever Takeover Festival, it’s all hands on deck! We’re handing over the keys to the Tricycle to the Tricycle Young Company who are creating a whole week of theatre, film, music, poetry & workshops and Katy is part of the producing team helping to make that happen.

Hello!

My name in Katy McLeod and I’m a Producer on the Tricycle Takeover Festival! The events I am project managing are the Takeover Festival Shorts film night and I’m also organising a number of flash mobs. I’ve been training to be a producer for about 18 months and plan to make a career out of it. Most recently, my role has consisted of hunting down artists to showcase in my events. The most nerve wrecking part of the process so far was presenting my Film Festival concept to the Artistic Director of the Tricycle, Indhu. I was SO frightened! But the Tricycle has a habit of making everyone feel relaxed and welcome so it wasn’t too terrifying, and I don’t think it went too badly. Woot woot!

My favourite part of organising the Takeover Festival so far has been reading drafts of The Kilburn Passion, I am so excited to see it on stage and know the Tricycle Young Company will kill it! Another great part of my role is offering opportunities for artists to show their work across the Tricycle’s different spaces, since most of them have put blood, sweat and tears into breaking into the performing arts industry.

I’ve got to get back to work but hopefully I’ll you see at the Tricycle Takeover Festival– I’ll be the one running round like a headless chicken!

Join in the conversation on social media with #TYCTakeover

The Takeover Festival runs from 30 March – 5 April, check out the Takeover Festival homepage here to see what’s on and to book. For more information on joining the Tricycle Young Company click here.