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What’s your #Passion? Angie and Itai

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Tricycle

Powering on with our series of life’s loves and passions from the Tricycle Young Company as they prepare to open The Kilburn Passion for a second time next week.

Today Young Company members Angie and Itai tell us what makes them tick! What really floats your boat? Cat videos on youtube? A really good steak? Tweet us your passions using #KilburnPassion

For more information and to book for The Kilburn Passion, click here.

 


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What’s Your #Passion? Alex and Bolaji

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Tricycle

The excitement for next week’s Tricycle Young Company production of The Kilburn Passion is palpable! For what is life without a bit of passion? Tricycle Young Company all share one thing- a lifelong love of the stage. Today Young Company members Alex and Bolaji tell us what keeps them going.

The Kilburn Passion runs from 5 – 9 August, with tickets for under 26’s just £8. Click here for more info.

 

 


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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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The Edinburgh Fringe in London

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Tricycle

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We know that sometimes it feels like the whole world heads up to Edinburgh in August- but for those of you sticking in London, there’s a whole menagerie of fringe theatre available in North London with the Camden Fringe. The Fringe is opening its doors at a number of venues across this borough this week and our own Tricycle Young Company are a part of the action with their production The Kilburn Passion. Co-founder of the Fringe Michelle Flower is guest blogging for us today.

This summer – from the 28th of July to the 24th of August – the 9th Camden Fringe will be taking place at venues across the borough of Camden and (slightly) beyond. This will be our biggest Fringe yet, with over 200 different productions being hosted at 26 venues. (We have to be slightly vague about the number of shows as we still have more acts wanting to get involved. As I write this I think we are up to 216.)

The Camden Fringe started in 2006, when it consisted of 22 acts in 1 venue. The idea was to set up an alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe in London, as often Fringe theatres in the capital went dark during August, as received wisdom was that “everyone is in Edinburgh”. Of course London is always full of talent, punters and creativity and because of that the Camden Fringe has grown and flourished. So much so that people now talk of alternatives to the Camden Fringe!

This year we have a typically fringey and eclectic mix of shows. From a strong showing by Shakespeare, through mind reading, physical theatre, musicals, improvisation, sketch comedy and stand-up, to shows that defy categorisation. We like to think there is something for everyone, and that ticket prices are low enough that audiences might take a chance to watch random show they know little about, just in case they catch the next big thing.

We are delighted the Tricycle Theatre are involved with the Camden Fringe in 2014 and are reviving the hugely successful The Kilburn Passion for 7 performances as part of the fringe. Presented by Tricycle Young Company 19-25 Ensemble – a young company bursting with talent – and having such a local focus, The Kilburn Passion is exactly the sort of work that the Camden Fringe should champion.

Please check out our full programme of events at www.camdenfringe.com and see if anything takes your fancy.  You never know what or who you will end up seeing.

Michelle Flower

Co-founder and Director of the Camden Fringe.


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What’s your #Passion?

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Tricycle

The Kilburn Passion by Suhayla El-Bushra is set to burst back onto the Tricycle stage from 5 – 9 August following a successful premiere earlier this year as part of the Tricycle’s Takeover Festival.

So we’re asking members of Tricycle Young Company to tell us what they’re passionate about! Today we have a video blog from Rachael who is passionate about theatre, play writing and the issues around regional arts funding.

Tell us what your passionate about using the hash tag #KilburnPassion @tricycletheatre

For more information on The Kilburn Passion and to book, click here.


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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.


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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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Blog Takeover: Cake, Crisps and Kilburn High Road

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Tricycle

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Kicking us off on day two of the Takeover Festival we have a cracking blog from Young Company member, Rob. Rob is part of the 19 – 25 group performing The Kilburn Passion– opening on Thursday!

Hi everyone, my names Rob and I’m playing the character Gareth in The Kilburn Passion.

A friend asked me recently  – So, did your start rehearsals in March?  It suddenly reminded me this project didn’t start 4 weeks ago, The Kilburn Passion’s been 6 months of weekly sessions culminating with Suhayla El-Bushra’s piece about sacrifice, companionship, and yes, the time-old problem of dried Weetabix. 

Now it’s March 31st, and show time is days away! Rehearsals have been fantastic with director Emily Lim’s mum feeding us homemade cake*, and I’ve had a personal supply of crisps from stage manager Georgina** as my character eats in one of his scenes. I’m always willing to re-rehearse the crisp scene, practice makes perfect (or inevitably in my case, fat!)  

I’m nervous – but not that much. Emily’s reminded us to be absolutely clear on not only our personal entrances and props, but where exactly we are offstage, and to remember the lines in the scene before ours to be certain of our entrance timing. Having all this distracts you from being nervous, which is nice. 

The Kilburn Passion explores the daily lives of young adults on Kilburn High Road – but young adults who’re frustrated with their lives, have an inability to communicate how they’re really feeling, or who desire to do good but are let down. Watch the scenes with characters Ed and Abi: their crumbling relationship, with their son caught in the middle, is heart breaking.

During our penultimate rehearsal on Saturday, the young company took to the Kilburn High Road to find matching destinations for our characters and scenes; such as the clothes shop that characters Dominique, Lindsey and Aiden inhabit, or Gareth’s local pub. This gave the scenes a sense of reality, and it was interesting to exist as Gareth on the street.  

With the music and dance pieces in the play, it’ll blow your socks off! So you have to see it.

Rob.

*Which I hope she will again (Emily can you ask?)

**The supply of which will hopefully continue after the show is over (Doritos, please!)

The Takeover Festival is happening this whole week at the Tricycle with plenty of theatre, film and workshops to keep you busy. For more info and to book, click here. Join the in conversation with #TYCtakeover.


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Blog Takeover: A word from Rachael with 1 week to go!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Tricycle
No rest for the wicked! The Kilburn Passion Company members note changes on their script during lunch break.

No rest for the wicked! The Kilburn Passion Company members note changes on their script during lunch break.

Today we have a blog from Tricycle Young Company member Rachael, who is part of the group performing The Kilburn Passion in the Takeover Festival opening on Sunday. With less than a week to go till the start of the Takeover, it’s all systems go!

Hey guys and gals, Rachael here!

I play Eva in The Kilburn Passion and thought I’d give you all an update on how rehearsals are going. Well it has been a very exciting few weeks here at the Tricycle…

Last weekend we ran through the play with the sound cues. Elena, our Sound Designer, has located and remixed some brilliant tracks which really capture the heart of Suhayla’s play. Then on Saturday afternoon we did our first run through in full costume with the creative team in the theatre. There are some bright clothing choices on display, be warned! 

On Tuesday we were all interviewed for a small documentary on the Takeover Festival before Suhayla dropped in to watch a full costume run. It was lovely to catch up with Suhayla and show her the progress we’ve been making, as well as hearing about all the exciting things she is doing too.

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Then, finally, this Saturday we got to see the set for the first time. Dun, dun, dunnnnnn!!! Chris, our Set Designer, and his assistant Charlie have managed to make us a set that is so bold and beautiful I can’t wait for you all to see it. It really is amazing. The past two days have consisted of us sitting, walking, jumping, dancing and generally taking over the structure. The play is a logistically complicated piece and with so many cast members it’s crucial we all feel comfortable and know exactly where we are going in scene changes. We also have a few dance numbers so the last thing we want is someone pirouetting off the balcony (don’t worry Stage Managers, I’m only joking…)

In all it’s really starting to come together now. I can’t wait for the play to open in just over a week but I’m equally sad that also means it’s nearly over. I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful, funny and, it’s got to be said, slightly eccentric company.

Last of all we would like to give a big shout out to our Director’s mam who baked us two cakes and brought in general goodies over the weekend to keep us going. Thanks Dianne, you’re a star!

Well that’s enough of me and my over enthusiastic exclamation marks.

Over and out

Rach x

Visit the Takeover Festival web page for more information on the theatre, film and workshops taking place from 31 March – 5 April. Join in the conversation with #TYCtakeover.


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Blog Takeover: Video Blog from TYC member Yolanda

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Tricycle

 

Today we have a video blog from Tricycle Young Company member, Yolanda. Yolanda is part of the Takeover Festival group performing in The Kilburn Passion, a new commission written especially for the Young Company by playwright and former Kilburn resident, Suhayla El-Bushra.

Click here to find out more about The Kilburn Passion and to book. Click here for more information on the Takeover Festival.