Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THIS summer, north London's Tricycle Theatre gives theatregoers
another chance to see three of its previous hits.
Kick-starting the 2005 season is Brendan Behan's Irish prison
drama, The Quare Fellow, which runs for a limited
six-week period, from May 25 - July 2.
This is followed by Robin Soans' The Arab-Israeli Cookbook
from July 6 - 30.
Soans' work is based on interviews he conducted in September
2003, when he travelled to Israel and the Occupied Territories
with the British-Lebanese director, Rima Brihi and British-jewish
director, Tim Roseman.
There, he talked to 42 ordinary Israelis and Palestinians - Christians,
Jews and Muslims - about life in a land of walls, checkpoints
and suicide bombings - all while they were cooking.
The result is The Arab-Israeli
Cookbook, complete with the likes of stuffed courgette, Thai
stir fry, barbecued goat's testicles, stale bread salad and stuffed
As a matter of interest, Soans' later work, Talking to
Terrorists is being staged at the Royal Court from July
4 - 30, 2005 (previews from June 30).
For this, Soan used a similar technique - interviewing terrorists
(as well as peacemakers, warriors, hostages, politicians and psychiatrists)
in an attempt to understand what drives ordinary people to take
such extreme actions.
Completing the Tricycles hat-trick is Mind Games which
runs from August 31 - September 17.
This, of course, marks the return of award-winning, American
mind-reader, Marc Salem, a behavioural psychologist as well as
He has, in fact, used his academic training and understanding
of non-verbal communication as a consultant for the FBI, the New
York police and several US corporations.