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Tricycle Theatre
The Tricycle Theatre
Address
City
Country  United Kingdom
Architect Tim Foster Architects
Capacity 235
Opened 1980
Rebuilt 1998
www.tricycle.co.uk
Coordinates: 51°19′25″N 0°07′19″E / 51.3237°N 0.122°E / 51.3237; 0.122

The Tricycle Theatre is located on Kilburn High Road in Kilburn in the London Borough of Brent, England. It is a publicly subsidised performing arts venue which specialises in new work with political themes, including plays by Irish, African-Caribbean, Jewish and Asian writers, reflecting the mix of communities in the area.

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History

The Tricycle Theatre opened on the Kilburn High Road, London, in 1980 as the permanent home of the Wakefield Tricycle Company, a touring theatre company that was known for producing British premieres, new writing, children's shows and theatre for the community in London and the South East.

After securing the support of the London Borough of Brent, the GLA and Arts Council England, the company began work converting an old music and dance Forester's Hall on the Kilburn High Road into what is now known as the Tricycle Theatre, opting for this space due to the lack of local entertainment facilities for the residents of Kilburn at the time.

The 235 seat auditorium, designed by architect Tim Foster and theatre consultant Iain Mackintosh, resembled a courtyard and was built using free-standing builders scaffolding that supported padded benches rather than individual seats, which resulted in 'an innovative, intimate and unique theatre space'. [1]

In 1987 the theatre suffered a devastating fire that spread from a neighbouring timber yard and which gutted the auditorium, however, after extensive fundraising, the theatre was rebuilt and reopened in 1989, with only minor alterations.

In 1998, a 300 seat cinema was added to the complex, and in 2001 the Creative Space was built for the theatre's extensive education and community work. All stages of the development were designed by Tim Foster Architects.[2]

Facilities

  • 235-seat theatre
  • 300-seat cinema
  • Art Gallery
  • The Cameron Mackintosh Rehearsal Studio
  • The James Baldwin Studio - for workshops and smaller theatre
  • The Paint Box - a visual arts studio endowed by the John S Cohen Foundation
  • The August Wilson Creative Space - education and outreach workshops
  • Cafe-Bar

Productions

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Tricycle Productions

Tribunal Plays

In recent years the Tricycle has been noted for staging 'Tribunal plays' based on verbatim reconstructions of public inquiries.

In 1994 the Tricycle produced Half the Picture by Richard Norton-Taylor and John McGrath (a dramatisation of the Scott Arms to Iraq Inquiry), which was the first play ever to be performed in the Houses of Parliament. This was the first of a series of plays that have subsequently become known as the Tricycle Tribunal Plays. The next, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1946 War Crimes Tribunal, was Nuremberg, which was followed by Srebrenica – the UN Rule 61 Hearings, which later transferred to the National Theatre and the Belfast Festival at Queen's.

In 1999, the Tricycle’s reconstruction of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry - The Colour of Justice received tremendous critical and public acclaim went on to play for two weeks at Theatre Royal, Stratford East and transferred to the Victoria Palace in the West End. It completed a national tour in 1999 which included Belfast and the National Theatre.

In 2003 JUSTIFYING WAR – Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry opened at the Tricycle. All five of these plays have been broadcast by the BBC, and have together reached audiences of over 25 million people worldwide.

In 2004 the Tricycle produced Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom from spoken evidence by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo which transferred to the New Ambassadors Theatre in the West End and the Culture Project in New York (where Archbishop Desmond Tutu appeared in the production). From 2004/6 it was performed in eleven countries around the world. In 2006 the Tricycle presented a performance of the play at the Houses of Parliament and also on Washington’s Capitol Hill.

Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry opened in 2005 and later transferred to Belfast, Derry and to the Abbey Theatre for the Dublin Theatre Festival. In 2006 the theatre was awarded an Evening Standard Special Drama Award for "pioneering political work", and a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement[3] for Bloody Sunday.

Called to Account and Deep Cut were later adapted for BBC Radio.

Transport

Area around Kilburn station
The 1915 Kilburn Park tube station

Nearest tube stations

Nearest railway stations



External links

References

  1. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Archives | http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/theatre/archives/thm-317f.html
  2. ^ Tim Foster Architects | http://www.timfosterarchitects.com
  3. ^ Official London Theatre - Olivier Award Winners 2006 http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/olivier_awards/view/item98373/Olivier-Winners-2006/

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