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The Tricycle Theatre is putting on nine short plays this month on the topic of women in politics, all by female playwrights. The plays are split into two sets, Then and Now, that together take up the best part of seven hours. An epic project that reminds me of Wagner’s legendary Ring Cycle.
Tucked away in Kilburn the Tricycle has a friendly inclusive atmosphere, with an inexpensive bar and relaxed seating areas. The theare has a reputation for interesting topical programmes promoting the work of new playwrights and I was impressed to see such a diverse audience in attendance.
There is too much talent to mention here, both on stage and behind the scenes. On the whole I preferred the “Then” section: the plays were wittier and scripts more engaging. My favourite was the brilliantly funny Handbagged by Moira Buffini. It explores the relationship between Margaret Thatcher (Mags) and The Queen (Liz) and their fall-out in the 80s. Particular mention must go to Claire Cox who acted brilliantly throughout.
All but one of the plays are directed exuberantly by Indhu Rubasingham. These shows can be seen together but stand equally well alone.
Then and Now is on at The Tricycle Theatre until Saturday 17 July, book here.