Indhu Rubasingham will direct the world première of John Hollingworth’s Multitudes, which examines one family’s conflict of faith and identity. The season also includes the London premiere of April de Angelis’ new play After Electra, The Father and La traviata.
Additionally, the Young Company takes over the building for a week in the Tricycle Takeover.
"The diversity of new work and new voices across this season is, for me, what the Tricycle is about... It's six months of work which we are very proud to present, and we look forward to sharing with audiences both in Kilburn, across London and beyond," Rubasingham said in a statement.
The season-at-a-glance follows.
A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts
Devised by the Secret Theatre Company
Presented by Lyric Hammersmith
Jan. 12, 2015–Jan. 31
"A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts puts the audience in charge exploring the mighty failures and great triumphs of human endeavour and comes to the Tricycle Theatre following successful runs in London, Edinburgh and on tour. Each night the audience helps to choose the protagonist and the rest of the Secret Theatre Company puts them through their paces as they try to achieve the impossible in this endurance test of a performance. Whether it's wrestling, singing, holding hands in an ice bucket, eating a whole lemon, walking through walls or moving objects with their mind, they must try and triumph against the odds." PaperMash Theatre presents
Happy Birthday Without You
Written and performed by Sonia Jalaly
Directed by Ruby Thompson
Original Music by Luke Pajak
Produced by Lise Bell
"Happy Birthday Without You centres on the fictional performance artist Violet Fox, portraying the struggle of an artist desperate to find herself more extraordinary than what she sees as her distinctly ordinary audience. This cabaret piece explores a growing cultural obsession with autobiography through songs, impersonations, and satire."
Lover's Rock Monologues
"Lover's Rock Monologues gives voice to the inimitable songs and stories of three of the scene's luminaries: Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans, illustrating the intimate inside story behind this trailblazing cultural phenomenon, interspersed with the music that defined it.
"Lover's Rock is a hugely influential sub-genre of reggae. Born in London, Lovers Rock defined a generation in the late '70s and '80s. It gave women a voice in the traditionally male-dominated realm of reggae, and broke beyond the constraints of its genre, giving artistic inspiration to The Police, Culture Club, UB40 and countless others. Crucially, Lover's Rock was an integral part of black British identity during a politically and socially unstable time."
By John Hollingworth
Feb. 19–March 21
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
Design by Richard Kent
Lighting Design by Oliver Fenwick
Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham
"Bradford. On the eve of a Conservative Party Conference the country is in turmoil and one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister. Kash, a liberal British Muslim, prepares his address to politicians about the state of the nation. His girlfriend Natalie, a recent convert to Islam, cooks for anti-war protesters gathered at the Town Hall. Lyn, her mother, moans to anyone who'll listen about the decline of her cherished England. It's all too much for Kash's daughter Khadira, who begins to plan a radical intervention."
"Following the success of the inaugural season earlier this year, Tricycle Takeover – a week of work made for, by and with young people returns in March 2015. Headlining the Takeover is a new play by Shamser Sinha presented by Tricycle Young Company. Other highlights will include the return of NT Connections, and work by several Brent youth participatory arts organisations invited to contribute over the seven days."
By April de Angelis
April 7–May 2
Directed by Samuel West
"It's Virgie's birthday, and at 84, she is bucking conventions with a very surprising trick up her sleeve. But always a more committed artist than mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends' determination to thwart her distinctly unusual birthday plans. Will her loved ones consent to her last wish, or could the secrets of their past stand in the way of her true happiness? Their decision turns out to be very wrong indeed. "April De Angelis' After Electra is a deeply moving and blisteringly witty black comedy challenging what it means to be a mother, and exploring how the choices we make can change our lives forever."
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Tricycle Theatre present
By Florian Zeller
In a version by Christopher Hampton
May 7– June 13
Cast includes: Kenneth Cranham
Directed by James Macdonal
Design by Miriam Buether
Lighting Design by Guy Hoare
Sound Designer by Christopher Shutt
"Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can't find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he's losing control."
OperaUpClose & The Belgrade Theatre present
Verdi's La traviata
Orchestration by Harry Blake
English version by Robin Norton-Hale
June 22–July 4
Cast: Elinor Jane Moran, Prudence Sanders, Louisa Tee (Violetta), Robin Bailey, Philip Lee, Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (Alfredo), David Durham, James Harrison, Andrew Mayor (Germont), Flora McIntosh, Rosie Middleton, Zarah Hible (Flora), Dario Dugandzic, Christopher Jacklin (Baron / Doctor), Alex Beetschen, Elspeth Wilkes (Piano), Sarah Douglas, Chris Goodman (Clarinet), Alison Holford, Jay Jenkinson, William Rudge (Cello)
Directed by Robin Norton-Hale
Musical Direction by Elspeth Wilkes
Set Design by Katie Bellman
Costume Design by Jonathan Lipman
Lighting Design by Andrew May
"The story of Violetta, a so-called 'fallen woman' who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover's family and future, this production is set in the 1920s underworld of speakeasies and bootlegging and reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties."
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