Posts Tagged ‘Takeover’


Eight questions for Juliana Ayeni-Stevens

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by Tricycle

Juliana Ayeni-Stevens is one of our Trainee Producers on our ambitious Takeover2017 project, Mapping Brent.

Trainee Producer Juliana Ayeni-Stevens

What attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I’ve always had a great interest in theatre and I knew someone who happened to have taken part in the Takeover in 2015. I didn’t really know much about the Takeover but I knew I wanted to produce. I spent weeks keeping an eye on Tricycle’s website and the opportunity just came up to apply and so I did. Initially I was not aware that it would be a project bringing the community of Brent together, until the interview stage and when given a brief overview I knew that I wanted to do it.


What piece of theatre has made a big impact on your life?

Oh goodness this is hard question because I love the theatre but if I could pick one piece of theatre that has made a big impact on my life it would be Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic… it really touched me and there was a moment where a friend who I went to see the performance with had to ask me midway through the performance if I was okay. I had a moment of standstill and reflection and that’s what I believe theatre should do for you.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

Ooooo wow… that is a hard question if I had to pick one director, one writer and actor it would be;
Writer – debbie tucker green
Director – Yaël Farber
Actor – Adelayo Adebayo

I picked them because firstly debbie tucker green as a writer is amazing, her style of writing is special for me and allows you as the audience to really think. Adelayo is a young female actor who I’d recently seen at the Young Vic in Cuttin’ It and her performance blew my mind. And Yaël Farber as director because of Les Blancs [at the National Theatre].


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

Brazil and St. Lucia. I always been drawn to Brazil it holds a special connection to my life, I’m not exactly sure what it is but I feel spiritually I’m connected to there. And St. Lucia because I just love it… I’ve been there twice and it’s beautiful.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

KFC hot wings! Oh my gosh they are de BEST! There was one week where I went to KFC every night to get them hot wings!


What’s your worst habit?

My worst habit is that I overthink everything from the small situation to the off the scale dramas.


If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

  1. My memory box
  2. A book
  3. Notebook & Pen
  4. My Frank Ocean Albums
  5. My iPad


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

Graduating uni. I say that because when I was in school I was told I wouldn’t get far in the educational system and far in life by my form teacher. I left school with just 6 grade Cs but to the teachers that wasn’t good enough. But I found out that the same teacher who told me I wouldn’t get far in life was extremely surprised that I was in university. It just goes to show whatever you set your mind to you can achieve whatever it is plus prove those doubters wrong!

Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved


Eight questions for Simon Paris

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Tricycle

Simon Paris is one of seven Trainee Producers on our ambitious Takeover2017 project, Mapping Brent.


Simon Paris: Mapping Brent Trainee ProducerWhat attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I’m a big fan of The Tricycle, so I often look on their website for opportunities and vacancies. I saw this opportunity and wanted to hear more about it & after speaking to (Tricycle Creative Learning Officer) Natalie about the role and what I’d learn from it I thought it would be a perfect place for me to learn.


What piece of theatre has made a big impact on your life?

I don’t think I’ve seen anything which has had a big impact on my life, but each time I see a Frantic Assembly show, it fills me with inspiration to create work, be it directing, writing, producing. They’re a great tool for me, when I’m feeling lethargic to boost me back up.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

Chris Morris. I like that he creates work that is an expression of his humour and has found the right medium for it. I’m not a fan of all of Chris Morris’ work, but that makes me like him more because it proves to me that his work is just for himself, not for the general public, not for one specific target audience, but for himself. For example he opens each episode of Jam with a monologue written by himself, which is incredibly down to interpretation but offering the audience no answers about it. I like that he doesn’t beg to be understood.


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

Russia, on my own. I like exploring new places alone, making no plans and seeing where I end up. I want to go to Russia because it seems like a really scary place, especially the night-life, which makes it an even more exciting place to visit.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Calamari. (With a garlic and cheese dip).


What’s your worst habit?

Saying words ironically for a while, then they become part of my vocabulary. Such as, ‘lol’ ‘yolo’ ‘soz’ ‘mate’ ‘buddy’ ‘hashtag’ and so on.


What’s your favourite place in Brent?

In Brent Cross there is an Aunt Bessie’s Pretzel place. #cheesepretzels


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

As a one-off event, rehearsals through my first play with Fictive Theatre is a proud achievement. As well as the good show, I’m proud that I managed to make it through a 6 week schedule of 9am-5pm rehearsals, then 6pm-2am bar work, 6 days a week. It’s probably the biggest mental challenge I’ve ever put myself through and came out the other side. Since then I know how important and also how not important sleep is.


Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved


Seven Questions for Biba Osman

Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Tricycle

Biba Osman is one of seven Trainee Producers on our ambitious Creative Learning project, Mapping Brent.

In the first of a new series, we caught up with Biba to find out a bit about her interests.


Trainee Producer Biba OsmanWhat attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I strongly believe that theatre and the arts can play a vital role in the empowerment and development of young people; particularly those on the ‘margins’ of our society. To be able to produce a celebration that is dedicated to young people’s theatre is an exciting project to be a part of, especially as the project will be taking place in different parts of Brent, outside of mainstream or traditional theatre settings.

Coming from an acting background, a recent drama school graduate who is pursuing my career in producing, the Tricycle have offered me an amazing opportunity to practically learn the vital roles that a producer plays within a community project like Takeover, but also on a wider scale.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

There are too many to list! But Charles Martin who directed ITV drama Marcella would be amazing. It was a captivating thriller and I would love to understand how he pieced the show together and what the thought process was behind it.


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

I would love to visit Santorini in Greece. The views are just perfect, and somewhere I would go to relax!


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pizza, please!


What’s your worst habit?

I think that my worst habit has to be over-thinking.


What’s your favourite place in Brent?

Kilburn High Road – it’s always busy and there is always something going on day or night.


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

Graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama this summer. Going back to education as an older student wasn’t easy but I managed to persevere with it and I believe that it is one of the best decisions that I have made as it has opened doors and opportunities for me in the early stages of my career. I have also learnt a lot about myself in the process and where I want to be in my life.

Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved



Blog Takeover: Bred Monologues now available online!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Tricycle

It’s official, Takeover 2016: Paradise is OVER! And what a whirlwind those 11 days were. Over 50 events, 3,000 audience members in the theatre, 160 people attending workshops and talks with 500 young performers and artists making it all happen.

If you’re sad that Takeover is done for another year, why not get involved in Takeover 2017? Email and let us know what interests you!

We had some amazing reviews for the Tricycle Young Company performances of Bred and Switch:


‘An absolute triumph’
A Younger Theatre

‘Laugh-out-loud material’
London Theatre 1


‘Fun and exciting’
Kilburn Times

‘I declare my inaugural immersive theatre experience a success’
London Theatre 1

If you missed Bred, or if you didn’t have time to listen to every monologue as part of the installation, then you can now listen to all the Bred monologues online below. If you would like to know more about the inspiration and process behind Bred, visit the web page here.

Please note that the monologues below may contain some sexual references and may not be suitable for younger listeners.


Blog Takeover: Would YOU flick the switch?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Tricycle


Say hello to Nathaniel – if you haven’t met him yet, he’s the fella on the left (under the ladder in this pic!) in the giant Takeover poster on the front of our building! Nathaniel is part of the 19 – 25s Young Company, who for months have been asking themselves the question: Would YOU flick the switch?

From the get go it was almost inevitable that the eldest group would find themselves tackling perhaps a more serious and current issue. Switch swiftly became that. I think what I’ve enjoyed most about this process is witnessing how we as creatives interact and make work. As an actor, it has been really beneficial to be in the room with writers and directors because our creativity is constantly being pushed and a variety of different voices are being heard. This mix has been amazing as it drives the piece forward and really solidifies exactly what we’re trying to say.

The idea behind Switch has always been an interesting one, with such a challenging theme and performance style. We decided to test out our structure with a mock performance on an invited audience of friends and family. We then sat down afterwards and they expressed things which worked for them and things which perhaps weren’t so clear. I found this process extremely helpful as it made the experience of creating and re-creating Switch much clearer and, all in all, condensed our ideas and made them much more grounded.


We have just two weeks left until we open and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only am I curious to see how the audiences will react to the characters we have created but to the topics addressed in our piece and the concept as a whole. Just how far away are we from a ‘Machine’ type service? I think theatre is at its most exciting when it allows you to reflect on your own life and the world around you. Switch will definitely leave you in a state of reflection!

Takeover 2016: Paradise launches THIS SUNDAY 13 March with a HUGE programme of theatre, film, masterclasses and events – it’s not too late to book, or get involved. Click here for the full line up of what’s on offer in Takeover 2016: Paradise, and click here to watch the trailer.


Blog Takeover: How many roads must a (wo)man walk down…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Tricycle

Hannah marketing

Hannah’s back! And reflecting on what’s she’s learning about careers in the arts through her work as a Takeover 2016: Paradise trainee producer. There’s a few new, previously unconsidered career paths opening up that’s for sure…


Each week, we’ve met with a different member of Tricycle staff to discuss their role and what they do at the Tricycle. I would never have thought that by being introduced to just a few people that you’d learn just how many jobs there really are in the arts! When you’re in school, college, university etc., the way I saw it was that there were only a few potential careers paths. I was completely wrong. We’ve been introduced to the Artistic Associate, the Resident Director, the Development team, External Producers, the Marketing team, the Technical Director (this list goes on!) And those individuals got to share their journeys which all involved doing different jobs in the arts before they got to the Tricycle! It became really clear to me that there are endless routes and ways in which you can explore what you believe in and that there are different ways of doing it.

So, we’re a few weeks away from the start of the Takeover! It’s all really exciting; I’ve been sourcing the selected films that the cinema manager requested for the Tricycle Takeover Films programme. A meeting was arranged for us to discuss the potential of producing some separate marketing material in order to get as many people as interested as possible for Tricycle Takeover Films. I’ve been working with the marketing team to learn all about how they publicise events at the Tricycle – which has taught me that they are one, if not the most integral part of getting the word out about Takeover 2016: Paradise. Also, their creativeness in how to get people into the building is impressive. They proposed that selected local providers could set up competitions to win tickets and passes for events at the Takeover, which reminded how much a marketing brain is different to a regular one (mine)!

I’m confident that there is such a wide scope of events that there is truly something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing the community flood through the doors!

Take a look at the full line up of Tricycle Takeover Films – fancy seeing more than one? Consider buying a Ticket to Paradise, your unlimited access to pass to every event in Takeover 2016: Paradise.


Blog Takeover: The word from Press Road

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Tricycle


Say hello to Rebecca Twydell, the Tricycle’s Press Road Young Company Director. Rebecca has been working with the mega energetic Press Road young companies along with playwright Somalia Seaton to create a performance that will no doubt be something special for Takeover 2016: Paradise

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I have the pleasure of being the Press Road Young Company Director for the second year running.

I work with a rather special group of young people who are full to bursting with enthusiasm and excitement at performing as part of this years’ event, Takeover 2016: Paradise.

I am directing projects with two of the Press Road Young Company groups; 7-9’s and 10-12’s alongside writer Somalia Seaton. The groups are creating two original plays that capture their voices as young theatre makers.

Both groups love games (they could play splat for hours) and are very energetic. They’ve been creating news reports from their story worlds, hot-seating different characters, writing their own monologues, creating freeze frames, improvising scenes and working with drafts of the script. And they are never, ever short of ideas and imagination. Despite having gotten to know them all pretty well over the last few years, they still manage to surprise me. I have been amazed how willing even the youngest members of the group have been in actively listening to each other’s ideas, building and adding, sharing and suggesting and the generosity and respect they have shown to the process of writing a play together.

Both groups have created something that reflects their different personalities and interests but that also gently explores what concerns and worries young people their age have; be it making friends, revising for tests or the serious matter of cyber bullying. It provides an important insight into the lives of young people.

So, after months of sharing ideas and making characters, last week we sat down with the first full draft of their plays and did our first full read through.

Suddenly, with only 4 weeks to go (and that’s only four hours in our case!) it’s all beginning to feel very real. Luckily it’s half term, so as well as being under strict instructions to learn their lines we’re meeting for an extra weekend rehearsal to get the show on its feet.

Book tickets for the Press Road Young Company double bill performances here. Check out the full Takeover 2016: Paradise line up here.


Blog Takeover: Melanie’s back!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Tricycle

Melanie’s back! We had such a positive response to trainee producer Melanie’s last Takeover 2016: Paradise vlog, we’ve asked her to come back and update us on what’s happening on her art installation project, FOUND.

The good news is that now you can get involved in Melanie’s project!

How do you offer a tribute to a place? Your love to a borough? How can a road be paradise?

FOUND is a living art installation, that will bring every corner of the Tricycle to life, with stories, photography, film, poetry and art from the communities both within, and local to, the Tricycle Theatre. FOUND will be an opportunity for new audiences to discover the Tricycle, and for artists and creatives to explore, collaborate and create. 

As a project, FOUND is a celebration of the beauty of Brent, why it is loved by so many, and how the places we call home can often become a sort of personal paradise for us. FOUND will be displayed at the Tricycle Theatre as part of Takeover 2016: Paradise, existing as a display of postcards, written by local people from the Brent community, who are working with the poet Simon Mole to explore and express the ways in which Brent is their paradise.

While FOUND is about and for the Brent community, it is also an exhibition written by the Brent community, and this is where YOU come in, where we’d love your help. We want to hear what you love about Brent, your favourite smells, sights, places, moments. Maybe it’s the smell of your local baker, or perhaps it’s that moment you caught between two friends outside Tesco last Tuesday. What is it that makes Brent BRENT for you and what is it that you love about it?

To contribute your thoughts, please either tweet us @BrentFound with #loveletter2brent or email them to us at Our favourites will be in with the chance of winning 2 x tickets to The Invisible Hand!

Find out more about Takeover 2016: Paradise and see the full line up here.


Blog Takeover: Behind the scenes on Switch

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Tricycle

With just 2 weeks to go until the launch of Takeover 2016: Paradise, we’re continuing our blog takeover with trainee producer Natalie, who is working with the Tricycle Young Company on producing their performances. As you’ll hear, Natalie is excited to find out what’s been happening in the rehearsal room with the 19-25s young company who are creating an immersive theatre piece called Switch.

Tickets for Switch can be bought online here. Check out the full Takeover 2016: Paradise programme here.


Blog Takeover: Losing your sense of paradise

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Tricycle

Today we are introducing Takeover 2016 trainee producer Ollie, who is creating a special circus performance during the Takeover that examines the relationship between the depths of our minds and circus arts. Auditions to take part in Circus Minded are this weekend – email Ollie here to find out how you can get involved.

As the Takeover approaches, the anticipation is rising amongst the young producers!

We are all beginning to see the projects that make up Takeover become a reality. It is strange to think that all of those conversations about concept and the meaning of Paradise are so close to being fully realised.

As a part of exploring this main theme for my event Circus Minded, I have been focused on what happens when we lose our sense of paradise. The results of my research have pointed me towards the inner worlds of those experiencing mental health problems. I am exploring how a person can feel completely disconnected from the world, and even further still from paradise, when suffering in the grips of an illness that they have no control over.

Circus Minded is a project intended to contribute to and develop the conversation about how those experiencing mental health issues can reconnect to the world and step out of their internal realities, at least for a moment.


Through circus as an artform and a physical practice, myself and several circus performers I am working with have discovered how circus skills stimulate both the creative and logical parts of the brain. Circus can be a way of reconnecting people, through physical sensation, to the world in a positive and exciting way.

The culmination of my thought process about this is resulting in a circus performance, devised and developed as part of Takeover 2016: Paradise at the Tricycle. Through Circus Minded I hope to continue the conversation of how circus can also be used, like dance, as an expression of our deepest selves. We’re very excited for you to come and see it.

For more information about mental health and the alleviating effect of circus, please read this article written by Grace Wong, who speaks from personal experience.

Auditions to be involved in Circus Minded are taking place on Saturday 20th February at 2pm-4pm at the Tricycle. Please email Ollie here if you’d like more information or to be involved.