Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln Theatre) on the Kilburn High Road for 30 years, Nicolas Kent pioneered thought provoking and politically charged productions that went on to have sold out runs across the UK. He directed a number of acclaimed plays including performances highlighting the Stephen Lawrence case and the London riots.
“I think theatre has an enormous power for change. What it does brilliantly is create empathy with different people and different emotions. And you begin to understand people.”
Although not born in Brent, he was granted the Freedom of the London Borough in 2012 for making the theatre a household name around the globe.
In this week’s Locked In, Nicolas speaks to Blueprint Collective member Jessica Mensah about his favourite places in Brent, growing up in post-war London and tips for emerging theatre directors.
“I love the little park opposite the Tricycle, Queens Parks, wonderful down there and up at Kingbury’s great. So there are lots of possibilities. You know, I watched the Willesden Library being built, which was such a formative place for Zadie Smith, all sorts of different places. Brent is, it's people that are great about Brent rather than the places.”
How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?
In this new video series, guest hosts from the Blueprint Collective catch up – in a socially distanced way, of course – with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists from across the borough to find out how they’ve been affected and perhaps even inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. Along the way, we dig deeper into our guests’ connections to Brent, discovering what they’ve been reading, watching, hearing and absorbing during this strange and frightening time – and hearing more about how they’re responding.
This forms part of Brent 2020 Unlocked.