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Tricycle Theatre creates six new companies in outreach drive

Tricycle artistic director Indhu Rubasingham. Photo: Jane Hobson
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The Tricycle Theatre is to create six community theatre companies as part of a new outreach project.

Under the initiative, the north London theatre will work with six satellite venues across the London borough of Brent, delivering the project within its communities.

Five new young people’s companies will be created, as well as one for people of all ages.

Attendance will be free, and participants will develop their acting skills across 20 weekly sessions that will culminate in the creation of six pieces of original work.

Twelve playwrights and directors have been commissioned to lead the project, including writers Somalia Seaton, Sonali Bhattacharyya and Chino Odimba, and directors Cressida Brown, Tinuke Craig and Audrey Sheffield.

The performance pieces will be staged in 2017 as part of the theatre’s annual Tricycle Takeover project, which next year will be its biggest to date.

Launching the initiative, Tricycle artistic director Indhu Rubasingham said giving a voice and a platform to young people was more vital today than it ever has been.

“The work our young companies produce will tell us what matters to them, what’s on their mind and how they view the world today,” she said.

She added: “We want to make a commitment to work with people from across Brent, engage with people in their community and to form lasting relationships.”

The project has been supported by Brent council, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, John Lyon’s Charity and Arts Council England.

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