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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…..now 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


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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


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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

 


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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 foundbrent@gmail.com. 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.


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Blog Takeover: Losing your sense of paradise

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Tricycle

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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.

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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.


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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: 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!