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Project information

Tricycle Takeover 2015

The Tricycle Takeover is a week of theatre, music, screenings and masterclasses programmed and presented by young people under 26 years old, for everyone.

March 2015 - March 2015

Charity information: Tricycle Theatre

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  • Need


    Young people’s voices are rarely heard in the mainstream and negative perceptions of youth permeate the media. At a time when youth unemployment may go on to create a generation of disaffected and disengaged adults, young people need opportunities to speak out about what’s happening in their worlds, build up skills that will improve their life chances and develop a sense of agency to bring about positive change.


    The Tricycle will hand over the reins of the theatre for a week-long festival programmed by Tricycle Young Producers. They will premiere new plays and performances, programme cinema screenings and masterclasses that enable other young people to learn new skills from professional artists and create exciting theatre. The Takeover enables young people from underrepresented communities in the arts to experience theatre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable the participation of hundreds of young people in presenting their work to the public


    » Encourage children and young people from Brent and beyond to participate in making, producing, programming or seeing work

    What success will look like

    200 young people will take part in the programme; each will engage in an average of 50hrs structured activity and 75% will testify to having gained at least one new skill

    Aim 2

    Enable participants to gain recognised qualifications


    » All six Trainee Producers are offered the opportunity to undertake the Gold Arts Award-an accredited qualification that earns participants UCAS points

    What success will look like

    At least three young people will have completed a Gold Arts Awards qualification

    Aim 3

    Provide the participants with professional-level experience in all aspects of theatre-making


    » Participants will develop a variety of skills through a mixture of training &rehearsals, masterclasses, hands-on experience, shadowing& mentoring

    What success will look like

    The participants will have delivered a week-long programme of performances by and workshops /masterclasses for young people reaching an audience of 2000 people

  • Impact


    It will enable young people to develop as artists, articulating their view on the world & transforming negative attitudes about youth. Hundreds of local young people will be able to place themselves at the heart of the Tricycle, performing on a professional stage, working with artists and improving their self-confidence. The Takeover will contribute to a sea change in the industry in terms of the diversity of its creators, performers & audiences.


    There is the possibility of not reaching the total income needed to deliver the Takeover. However, the scale of the event&number of young people involved will reflect the level of funding achieved. Young people have competing demands on their time and there is a risk they may have to drop out of productions/Trainee Producer roles. The ensemble nature of the Young Company enables us to swap other actors into roles if necessary and the Trainee Producers will also support one another.


    Donors will be invited to appropriate Takeover performances&events, receive a monthly newsletter created by the Trainee Producers and receive regular updates from the Tricycle on the progress of the young people's work. A report evaluating the impact of the Takeover will be published in summer 2015.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Young Producers Training and facilitation
      £13,180 Young Company Director's fees for Young Company and Press Road Directors and Assistant Directors
      £6,000 Young Company Productions budgets
      £8,050 Project Management Fees for project manager
      £4,000 Playwright New play commission
      £13,770 Staffing and Marketing Costs Production, technical, front of house and marketing staffing costs; marketing print materials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    Individual Donor £17,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Takeover will take place at the Tricycle Theatre, in Kilburn, North West London. Brent is the most diverse borough in Europe, with 55% of residents born outside the UK and a 75% chance of any two people chosen at random to be from different ethnicities.
    Recent statistics also show that:
    -25% of residents are under the age of 19;
    -32% of children are living below the poverty line;
    -it is the 11th most deprived borough of London;
    -130 different languages are spoken in Brent schools.


    Over 200 young producers, performers and film makers will present new work, learn new skills, collaborate with professional artists and improve their confidence in their potential.
    The Tricycle invests in creating meaningful relationships with disadvantaged or marginalised young people whose access to the arts might otherwise be limited. Participants are mostly resident in the London Borough of Brent and surrounding areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Whether as audiences, writers, performers or producers of new work at the theatre, young people are at the Tricycle’s heart. The Tricycle is renowned for its work with emerging talent and is committed to making theatre open to all. Our Creative Learning programme works to develop the imaginations, aspirations and potential of young people in the diverse community of Brent and beyond. The Takeover is returning in 2015 following the success of last year's inaugural festival.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Londesborough - Creative Learning Director

    The Takeover will be managed by Mark Londesborough and Anna Myers in the Creative Learning Department, who both delivered the 2014 Takeover.

    Anna Myers - Creative Learning Manager

    The Takeover will be managed by Mark Londesborough and Anna Myers in the Creative Learning Department, who both delivered the 2014 Takeover.

Tricycle Takeover 2014 festival film