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Tricycle Theatre - Spring 2013 and beyond

Indhu Rubasingham

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the critical and award-winning success of her inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham has announced plans for Spring 2013 and beyond.

Talking about the new season, Rubasingham said: ‘‘My second season is a chance to celebrate new writing, different voices and new collaborations with other exciting theatre companies. Creating relationships with other companies with a shared vision is vital for not only the Tricycle, but for the whole theatre ecology.

“It’s a season bringing together one of the most established writers, Frank McGuinness; one of the most exciting new voices, Alexi Kaye Campbell; and the debut of a new writer, Denton Chikura.

“Shared Experience and Tiata Fahodzi are hugely significant theatre companies and, having seen the impact of The Match Box by Frank McGuinness at the Liverpool Playhouse upon both audiences and critics, I am delighted to welcome it to London”.

It is, in fact, McGuinness’ The Match Box that opens the new season. Directed by Lia Williams and starring Leanne Best, it runs from May 8 (previews from May 2) to June 1.

The Match Box is a passionate story of love and hate, after a family tragedy has far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. This intense drama shines the spotlight on Sal as she looks back at the circumstances that have led her to leave England for the small island of Valentia on the coast of County Kerry.

One of Ireland’s foremost playwrights and poets, McGuinness’ other works include Greta Garbo Came to Donegal (produced at the Tricycle in 2010), The Factory Girls, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Dolly West’s Kitchen and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.

Lia Williams, who received Tony and Olivier Award nominations for her performance in Skylight, is currently appearing in Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Leanne Best was nominated for a TMA Award for Best Performance for her role as Sal when The Match Box premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse.

The Match Box is designed by Colin Richmond, with Lighting by Charles Lucas and sound and composition by Giles Perring.

The Match Box is suitable for ages 15+.

Next comes the world premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s dark and mysterious new play, Bracken Moor. Presented by the Tricycle Theatre and Shared Experience, it runs from June 14 (previews from June 6) to July 20.

He calls me sometimes. Usually in the dark hours of the morning. ‘Mummy’ he cries. ‘Where are you? Come and find me.’

After years apart, two families come together to rediscover their lost friendship. As they try to move forward they are plunged into a terrifying encounter with the past. Struggling to make sense of the extraordinary events that unfold before their eyes even the strongest of beliefs are shaken to the core.

Set in Yorkshire in the 1930s, Bracken Moor is described as a boldly theatrical and compelling tale of grief and denial set in a world overshadowed by economic crisis.

Bracken Moor is directed by Polly Teale, Joint Artistic Director of Shared Experience, where her work includes her own award-winning play, After Mrs Rochester; Mary Shelley and Bronte (both produced at the Tricycle); Speechless and Kindertransport.

Award-winning playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell’s writing credits include The Pride (Royal Court), which won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, the John Whiting Award for Best Play and a Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. The Pride was also successfully restaged in New York. His other writing credits include Apologia (Bush Theatre) and The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre).

Bracken Moor is designed by Tom Piper, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, composition and sound design by John Nicholls and movement by Liz Ranken.

Read more about Bracken Moor.

Finally, it’s the turn of Denton Chikura’s debut play, The Epic Adventures of Nhamo the Manyika and his Sexy Wife Chipo, which runs from August 5 (previews from August 1) to August 17. Now extended until August 24, 2013.

Lucian Msamati directs this world premiere production of Chikura’s riotous comedy, his first as Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi.

With just 24 hours to create the ultimate African fable, the superstar cast is missing a hero. Suddenly, a dashing goatherd appears on the horizon… Nhamo. Is he The One? Storytelling is turned on its head in this Zimbabwean comedy of epic…epicness!

Denton Chikura is better recognised as an actor and is one third of Zimbabwean Shakespeare company Two Gents Productions, whose two-man interpretation of Two Gentlemen of Verona was presented to huge acclaim at the Globe last summer and will tour Australia in the Spring of 2013. He was last seen on stage in The Arabian Nights at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012/13.

Tiata Fahodzi – Theatre of the Emancipated – has become the leading British African Theatre company since its foundation in 1997. It was co-nominated with Soho Theatre for an Olivier Award in 2010 for Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya-Ile. Recent productions also include Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange (Arcola Theatre), Roy Williams’ Joe Guy and Oladipo Agboluaje’s The Estate (both on tour and at Soho) and Tiata Delights, a regular festival of performed readings of new plays.

Members Priority booking opened today (Tuesday, February 19) at 12 noon. General booking opens at 10am on Friday, February 22.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7328 1000 or visit

Paper Dolls, a new play with music, runs at the Tricycle from February 28 to April 13, 2013.