With Mapping Brent running at venues across the local community, artistic director Indhu Rubasingham has announced the opening season at the company’s newly refurbished theatre, which sees the Tricycle Theatre relaunch as Kiln Theatre. The new season includes five world premieres, one UK premiere and a major musical revival, with more than 10,000 tickets at £12.50 or under.
Rubasingham, artistic director of Kiln Theatre, said today:
“Today we reveal Kiln Theatre’s opening year-long season in our beautifully refurbished new building – the final stage of The Tricycle Transformed. We are hugely proud of our heritage, and the part we play in the community here in Kilburn – Kiln Theatre embraces that spirit, and everything that has come before in our history has brought us to this point, building a theatre and programme for the future.
She went to say that the theatre would re-open later this year with a new auditorium and audience experience, an expanded creative learning programme, and a season of new work that “takes us on journeys through time and cultures from our doorstep of Kilburn High Road to around the world and back”.
The theatre reopens in September with the world première of Holy Sh!t by Alexis Zegerman, followed by Stephen Sharkey’s adaptation of Zadie Smith’s seminal work White Teeth – a musical re-telling of the sprawling epic about British identity – the company’s most ambitious project in its history. Both productions will be directed by Rubasingham.
Ishy Din’s Approaching Empty opens in 2019, directed by Pooja Ghai in a co-production with Tamasha and Live Theatre – a former taxi driver himself, Din’s latest work looks at different generations of taxi drivers in the North East of England, and how during times of economic change, some choose to become entrepreneurs, whilst others miss out.
Continuing the company’s association with Florian Zeller, Michael Longhurst directs the UK première of The Son, translated by Christopher Hampton. Samuel Adamson’s Wife follows – mapping a constellation of four queer stories within four generations in one family.
Completing the opening season are a major revival of Blues in the Night – Susie McKenna directs Sharon D. Clarke and Clive Rowe and Anupama Chandrasekhar’s new play When The Crows Visit.
Also announced today, Kiln Theatre, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is launching A Friendly Society – a programme aimed to open up the theatre, its history and the local history of Brent to both its existing audiences and the wider community. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, A Friendly Society will explore the history of care in the borough since the building originally opened in 1929. It was then known as the Foresters Friendly Society, an organisation that aimed to help people in need as they ‘walked through the forests of life,’ through the Second World War, the Windrush immigration and the start of the NHS.
The two year National Lottery funded programme will offer a range of opportunities for participants of all ages and backgrounds to take part in, including engagement workshops, exhibitions, volunteer opportunities in archival research and oral history gathering. Based on this research the programme will culminate in a community play at the theatre in summer 2019.
Harry Mackrill rejoins the company in the new role of associate director and Alexandra Towers is appointed as producer.