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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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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 getinvolved@tricycle.co.uk and let us know what interests you!

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

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‘An absolute triumph’
A Younger Theatre

FOUR STARS
‘Laugh-out-loud material’
London Theatre 1

Switch

FOUR STARS
‘Fun and exciting’
Kilburn Times

FOUR STARS
‘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.


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Blog Takeover: Would YOU flick the switch?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Tricycle

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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.

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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.


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Blog Takeover: The word from Press Road

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Tricycle

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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.


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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.


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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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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!

11-14s

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)

 

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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.