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The campaign to save The Tricycle name is gaining momentum

03 May, 2018

The Tricycle Theatre

• WITH reference to your report, I am curious to know if the theatre can tell you where the “overwhelmingly warm response” came from, and, who are “the supporters, from the theatre world and the people around us in Kilburn”? (Tricycle name change protest fails to stop theatre becoming The Kiln, May 1).

Absolutely no evidence can be found to support these statements released by the management of the theatre. None. Despite diligent searching, we cannot find any evidence whatsoever of consultation with audiences, members of the Tricycle, or the local community in Kilburn.

The reaction locally is, without exception, hostile. That’s all 100 people who have spoken out on nextdoor.co.uk; and all 500 people approached to sign paper petitions in the street.

Nearly 1,000 people have signed an online petition and the only person we have succeeded in finding who has publicly expressed his approval, is the theatre’s very own Cheddy Mendizabal Alvaraz in The Stage newspaper, and he forgot to mention he was on the staff.

The support claimed by the theatre is a masquerade treading its shiny new boards, a different sort of forging than that which is usually associated with a kiln.

They don’t want you to know the truth, which is that the theatre has now received a flood of protest letters, people have cancelled their memberships, and many have told them they will be boycotting the theatre. Far from failing, the protest is gaining momentum.

MARTIN FISHER
Our Tricycle, not your Kiln
(187 members)

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