The season will also include a new play The Riots, a dramatic account of the recent London riots written by Gillian Slovo from spoken evidence, and The Bomb, a partial history, in two parts, of the nuclear bomb from 1940 to the present day, commissioned from playwrights Lee Blessing, Ryan Craig, John Donnelly, David Greig, Elena Gremina, Amit Gupta, Zinnie Harris, Ron Hutchinson, Diana Son and Colin Teevan.
Kent has run the Tricycle Theatre for the last 28 years, and under his watch work has regularly travelled to the U.S., including The Great Game: Afghanistan, which was seen last year in Washington, Minneapolis, Berkeley and New York. He will launch his final season by directing The Riots, beginning performances Nov. 17 prior to an official opening Nov. 22, for a run through Dec. 10. Written by Gillian Slovo from spoken evidence, it continues the Tricycle's record of addressing current issues, in this case with a dramatic account of the recent riots, brought to the stage more than three months before the Deputy Prime Minister's Committee on Riots is due to report.
Constructed from tweets by taxi drivers, to moment-by-moment accounts by riot police, it will build a real-time picture of the riots as they unfolded. And then, from interviews with politicians, police, teachers, lawyers, community leaders, as well as victims and on-lookers, it will analyze what happened, why it happened, and what we should do towards making a better future for ourselves and our city. Kent and Slovo previously collaborated on Guantanamo - Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which transferred from the Tricycle to the West End and New York and was performed at the Houses of Parliament and in Washington's Capitol Hill.
The award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones will return to its original London home in a new production, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, that will begin performances Dec. 15 prior to an official opening Dec. 20, for a run through Feb. 4. Casting is still be announced for the two actors who play over 15 characters between them of people working on a location set in Ireland for a Hollywood film.
The Bomb, which will be presented in two parts, begins performances Feb. 9, prior to an official opening Feb. 20, for a run through April 1. Each of the two parts can be seen on consecutive nights or on an afternoon and evening over the weekend. Part One, called First Blast, covers the years 1940-1992, and the second part, called Second Blast, covers 1992-2012. Nicolas Kent directs. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7328 1000, or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.