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Tricycle Theatre - Autumn/Winter 2014

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Tricycle Theatre has four productions lined up for Autumn/Winter 2014.

True West, Sam Shepard’s modern classic that exposes the cracks in the American Dream, runs from September 4 to October 4.

Austin ‘the achiever’, an earnest screenwriter on the verge of success, is working on a script he has sold to a Hollywood producer while house-sitting for his mother in LA. When his brother Lee ‘the drifter’ and petty thief decides to stop by, he pitches his own idea for a movie and convinces the producer to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western tale.

Now they must work together to secure the deal. But with mistrust and jealousy bubbling under the surface and the heat of a Californian night melting away their inhibitions, their own flaws threaten to get in the way.

Directed by Phillip Breen, True West was first seen last year at Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre. Alex Ferns (as Lee), Eugene O’Hare (Austin), Steven Elliot (Saul Kimmer) and Barbara Rafferty (Mom) will all reprise their roles.

Described as a bewitching new drama of desire, jealously, murder and voodoo, Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand runs from October 9 to November 29. Extended.

The House That Will Not Stand is set in the New Orleans of 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana’s ‘free people of color’ are prospering. Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man.

However, when her partner mysteriously dies, the foundations of freedom she has built for herself and their three unwed daughters begins to crumble. Society is changing, racial divides are growing, and as the household turn on each other in their fight for survival, it could cost them everything.

The House That Will Not Stand will be directed by the Tricycle’s artistic director, Indhu Rubasingham.

The cast includes Tanya Moodie (as Makeda), Ronke Adekoluejo (Odette), Ayesha Antoine (Agnes), Michele Austin (La Veuve), Martina Laird (Beartrice), Clare Perkins (Marie Josephine), Danusia Samal (Maude Lynn) and Paul Shelley (Lazare).

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed, written and performed by Mark Thomas, and directed by Emma Callander, runs from December 1 to December 13.

Following his award-winning shows Bravo Figaro! and Extreme Ramblings, Mark Thomas returns with his true story of how Britain biggest arms manufacturer came to spy on a comedian.

Adapted from the novels of Zizou Corder by Marcelo Dos Santos, Lionboy runs from December 17, 2014 to January 10, 2015.

Charlie Ashanti is eleven years old. He’s a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie’s parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions.

Presented by ward-winning theatre company Complicite (The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number), Lionboy fuses storytelling, circus and live percussion in a gripping adventure that is suitable for everyone aged 8 and over.

Also at the Tricycle Theatre: the world premiere of Adam Bock’s new play The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (June 19 to July 26, 2014).

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