Indhu Rubasingham Appointed New Artistic Director of London's Tricycle Theatre

News   Indhu Rubasingham Appointed New Artistic Director of London's Tricycle Theatre
Indhu Rubasingham has been appointed the new artistic director of London's Tricycle Theatre. She will take over in May 2012 from Nicolas Kent, who leaves after 28 years in the post.

In a press statement, Rubasingham  commented, "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Tricycle. I first worked there in 1998 when I brought Roy Williams' Starstruck to Nicolas Kent. Unknown to me it was the beginning of a long and fruitful association. In that time I was introduced to Lynn Nottage, who I consequently worked with on Fabulation and Darfur: How Long is Never?, and with Nicolas took The Great Game: Afghanistan all the way to the Pentagon. The Tricycle is a unique and special place and it has been passionately led by Nicolas Kent.  He leaves behind him a weighty legacy. I am very excited and honoured to take the baton and lead the organisation, with my artistic vision, into the future." She is due to direct a new production of Stones in His Pockets at the Tricycle in December 2011 as part of Kent's final season as artistic director. She will also direct Bola Agbaje's Belong at the Royal Court in 2012. She is currently developing a play based on the short story "Africa Kills Her Sun" by Ken Siro-Wiwa and a new musical as part of the Sundance Theatre Lab.

Amongst her directorial credits outside of the Tricycle Theatre, she has directed the British premiere of Ruined at the Almeida, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Sugar Mummies, Lift Off and Club Land (all at the Royal Court), and The Waiting Room and Ramayana at the National.

In a press statement, Nicolas Kent commented, "I am very happy that Indhu is to take over from me in May next year. I have known her for 15 years and I am an enormous admirer of her work - indeed we collaborated very happily when we directed The Great Game: Afghanistan together in 2009. She is a very talented director, and an inspiration to those with whom she works. She has done some wonderful productions over the last decade both here and at other major London theatres, and I am confident that she will lead the Tricycle with imagination and boldness. I am certain she will continue, and expand its mission, and consolidate its already strong reputation. I wish her huge joy over the coming years in taking the Tricycle staff, actors, writers and audienceonto new challenges and even greater success."

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