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Blog Takeover: Taking a turn in the ball pit of creativity…

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Tricycle

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Today’s guest blog is from Hannah, another member of the Takeover 2016: Paradise Trainee Producer team. Hannah explains the process of how she came to be working on the Takeover film festival, and the ups and downs of the producing process so far…

 

Our meetings could only be described as creative ball pit. We effortlessly bounce off of each other’s ideas, playing with them and then dropping them, constantly swimming through concepts for events and having fun with no boundaries.
 
My main objective and reason for wanting to partake in the Tricycle’s Takeover, was because I knew that I could use the platform to create events that were inviting and reflective of the diversity of Brent. I pitched an event (I had never pitched anything before!) for artists from refugee, migrant and asylum seeking backgrounds to showcase short pieces of performance that they would curate with the theme of ‘Paradise’. In conjunction to this I wanted to put on three film screenings; one that I saw at the London film festival in the summer last year called Dheepan, and two more that I wanted to select from Moving Worlds which is a film programme that is dedicated to showcasing migrant stories in and out of the UK.
 
When I met with the team of young producers it turned out there was a shared interest in working on performances with refugee and migrant artists. This sparked a conversation between the producers and we decided that a film festival in the Takeover would be something really unique! So, that’s what I’m pioneering.
 

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As a collective, we contributed a list of films we thought would closely link to the theme of ‘Paradise’. I listed the distributors for our chosen films to see if we could get our hands on them for Takeover. Although it turned out that Dheepan won’t be released until later this year, we sourced some incredible film favourites including 1984, Cinema Paradiso and Labyrinth and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the marketing team so that I can immerse myself in the process of creating materials to advertise the film festival!
 
I’m excited to see what audiences will attend the Tricycle Takeover  film festival. We’ve made some diverse choices so I’m confident that the audience will reflect that!

Click here to see the full line up of films in the Takeover Film Festival. Want to see them all? Consider buying a Ticket to Paradise, you access all events pass to every film in the Takeover Film Festival.


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Blog Takeover: Paradise, Utopia and Dystopia

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Tricycle

Continuing our Blog Takeover, today Trainee Producer Melanie gives us a quick intro into some of the ideas of paradise, utopia and dystopia that were considered when programming the Takeover 2016 Film Festival.

For the full line up of what films are being shown in the festival click here. Want to attend them all? Why not consider buying a Ticket to Paradise, your access all events pass for Takeover 2016: Paradise.


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Blog Takeover: How to Clash your Art…

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Tricycle

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For today’s blog Takeover we’re hearing from the first of the Tricycle Takeover Trainee Producers, Marcos. The Trainee Producers are a small but dedicated group of young people who have been working behind the scenes with the Tricycle Creative Learning team to bring you an awesome programme of events for Takeover 2016: Paradise. Marcos talks us through his research and head-hunting for the Spoke Arts Clash night…

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I’m Marcos, the baby of the Takeover Trainee Producer group (I’m 20 y.o.) and I’m producing the Arts Clash night on March 23rd (be there or be square!) The Arts Clash will be an epic night of all things art; it will be all about artists from different backgrounds working together to create completely unique pieces of work. For the night, I am scouting talented artists to take part in the event and make sure that they put on a great show at the Takeover. In order to find the best talent out there I am planning on going out to all corners of London and attending as many open mic nights, theatre groups and networking events as I can make it to.

During the beginning of the Trainee Producer programme I became more aware of what was happening across London due to the required research; I came across some of the most interesting gigs and events, one of which was the Merge Festival. The Merge Festival brought together a range of different events, performances and happenings scattered across London’s Bankside, and was also where I came across some surreal activities; the most surreal of which was an activity called ‘On Your Wavelength’ (pictured below).

Marcus Merge

Being new to producing events and theatre has made my time at the Tricycle a giant learning curve so far, I learn something new every meeting and working with such a talented group every week pushes and inspires me to do more. Part of the learning process was helping to produce the ‘Spoke’ night at the beginning of December which gave us an idea of what it was like to put on an event at the Tricycle. The night was a success as everything went according to plan, so if that’s anything to go by then Takeover 2016 is going to be just as good, if not better! No pressure!

I am most looking forward to the Takeover being finished. That probably sounds bad, but let me explain myself. What I mean is I can’t wait to see how far everyone has come as I feel I and everyone else has progressed a lot and the Takeover is still over a month away! I also can’t wait to see you there!

Check out the full line up of events for Takeover 2016: Paradise here. Interested in attending lots of events? Consider buying a Ticket to Paradise, your access all areas pass for the Takeover. More info here.


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Blog Takeover: Welcome to Paradise

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Tricycle

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Welcome to the 3rd annual blog Takeover! The programme for Takeover 2016 has just been announced today so we’ve got an extra special blog post for you from Young Company Director Tom Bowtell. Tom is introducing us to all the young company groups and what the theme of ‘paradise’ means to them. Check back for regular behind the scenes blogs from our young company members and trainee producers as we count down to spring and the start of Takeover 2016: Paradise.

 

The third annual Takeover Festival at the Tricycle has been themed Paradise. We chose this theme as we thought it’s open to multiple interpretations, and the three Tricycle Young Companies haven’t disappointed: they’ve used it as inspiration for shows about momentary escapes from the daily grind, the complex thrill of early sexual encounters and the potential for humanity to migrate into a digital paradise. All three groups are on their way to crafting three excitingly contrasting shows alongside me, the Creative Learning team and a host of brilliant supporting artists.

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First up are the 11-14s who are staging Bryony Lavery’s It Snows as part of the National Theatre’s acclaimed Connections Festival – itself the biggest youth theatre festival on the planet. Inspired by the Snow Day back in February 2009, the play explores a world of missed opportunity and gentle drudgery which is transformed by a blanket of snow: suddenly crotchety mums and dads are building snowmen, and impossible romance starts to happen.

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Next we have the 15-18s who, in response to our provocation to ‘make a show about sex’ have created The London Borough of Bred. This fictional area of north-west London is populated by a group of teenagers who are unabashedly exploring their exploding sexuality. Bred invites its audience to gatecrash the party of the year: the one time where the poshies from Upper Crust estate, and the rogues from Crumbs estate mingle together. We’ll meet Hastan; a 15 year old who secretly bought a church, Tommy, who thinks ‘sex is just A1, mate’ and the legendary but shy Kitty. It will be a big night so let’s just hope that nothing gets out of hand… Bred has been devised by the company in response to academic research into young people’s sexuality in partnership with the University of Sussex and sexual health charity Brook.

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The third piece, Switch, is a research and development performance of a site-specific adventure set in a dystopian future. Devised by the 19-25s group the show turns the whole of the Tricycle building into a theatrical imagining of a famous thought experiment – The ‘Experience Machine’ created by philosopher Robert Nozick in his 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Set in London 2035, Switch imagines that all the bad things we are worried about happening, have happened, and asks the audience to decide if a virtual heaven might be preferable to a hellish reality.

I’ve already been astonished by the energy and creativity of all 60 members of the Young Company. I believe that the untrammelled minds of young people have the potential to create theatre no-one else could make, and I’m in no doubt that the itchy, complicated, vibrant version of Paradise they’ll make during the Takeover from 13 – 23 March will be unusual and extraordinary (in a good way).

Takeover 2016: Paradise is on from 13 – 23 March. Click here for the whole programme and to book. Click here to download a full press release.


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Blog Takeover: Stevie Basaula

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Tricycle

Today we have a vlog from Tricycle Young Company member Stevie Basaula who is playing Juan in Shamser Sinha’s The Dissidents. Looks like the company are having far too much fun when they should be working in rehearsals!

The Dissidents is part of Takeover 2015, a week long programme of theatre, film, workshops and events programmed by and for young people. The Dissidents opens in just over two weeks time (26-28 March) – click here to watch The Dissidents trailer. Click to see the full Takeover 2015 line up.


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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.

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Blog Takeover: TED-style talks at the Tricycle

Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Tricycle

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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.

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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.


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Blog Takeover: Camaraderie Through A Cappella

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Tricycle

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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.

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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: http://youtu.be/hXexkHvBByM

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


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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.

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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…

Press Road Young Company

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)

 

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Blog Takeover: OVER!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Tricycle
Yolanda (right) performing in The Kilburn Passion

Yolanda (right) performing in The Kilburn Passion

We’re all still recovering from the mental week of theatre, film, music and workshops that was the first ever Tricycle Takeover Festival, which finished last week. What better way to round off an unbelievable festival than with one of our first Young Company bloggers, Yolanda, returning to give us her final outlook on the events…

I don’t have any children, and I’ve never been pregnant, but stepping off The Tricycle stage felt like I’d just given birth; that I had brought into the world this thing/being/creation that we have been working on and anticipating for months. It’s amazing because after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I can definitely say hard work pays off. Our first night of The Kilburn Passion felt like a beautiful dream that I didn’t want to awake from. Everything seemed to go perfectly- there probably were minor mistakes, but I believe this helped us to solidify and depict the story that Suhayala wrote.

One of the best things about this experience has to be the cast.  It feels so weird to say, but I genuinely felt like I was on stage with a group of friends: telling a story, sharing a dance and other intimate moments from our characters’ journeys in front of an audience. As we did more shows, the FUN heightened and I felt like I could explore my character “Steph” more, and I discovered a variety of dimensions to her sassy yet emotional demeanour. I think that, as a whole, the cast all seemed to be exploring their characters during the shows and by the last show I felt that we had evolved as an ensemble and individuals, and really made The Kilburn Passion “HD”.

Being a part of The Kilburn Passion has been a remarkable experience, and I can’t wait to see where my Tricycle Young Company journey takes me.

You can find out more about the Tricycle Young Company on our website here.