Indhu Rubasingham is to be the new Artistic Director of Kiburn’s Tricycle theatre, following the departure of Nicolas Kent next year.
Rubasingham first worked at the Tricycle in 1998 directing Roy Williams’s Starstruck and has returned to the venue frequently since then. She has played an integral part in the venue’s championing of political theatre and international issues, co-directing Darfur: How Long Is Never? and contributing to Afghanistan play cycle The Great Game: Afghanistan, the Not Black And White season and the Women, Power And Politics festival.
Away from the Tricycle, the director’s work includes Ruined at the Almeida theatre, Disconnect, Free Outgoing and Sugar Mummies at the Royal Court and productions at the National Theatre and Hampstead theatre. She returns to the Royal Court next year to direct Bola Agbaje’s Belong.
Speaking about her appointment, Rubasingham said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Tricycle. The Tricycle is a unique and special place and it has been passionately led by Nicolas Kent. He leaves behind him a weighty legacy. I am very excited and honoured to take the baton and lead the organisation, with my artistic vision, into the future.”
Rubasingham has a hard act to follow. Kent steps down from the Tricycle theatre after 28 years at the helm. He commented: “She is a very talented director, and an inspiration to those with whom she works. She has done some wonderful productions over the last decade both here and at other major London theatres, and I am confident that she will lead the Tricycle with imagination and boldness.”
Rubasingham takes up her appointment next May. In the meantime, she will direct a revival of Marie Jones’s Stones In His Pockets at the Tricycle next month.