Millions of people cycle to work every day. And every week, some of them don’t make it home. One Tuesday morning, Isabelle packs her lunch box into her pannier, kisses her young daughter goodbye and sets off on her bike through Hackney. What happens along the way is at once shocking, inconceivable and terrifyingly ordinary.
Inspired by the storyÂ of Eilidh Cairns & set along an existing route â€˜The White Bikeâ€™ is an affecting play about personal loss and a celebration of one woman’s life, tragically cut short. Directed by Lily McLeish (Associate Director on The Royal Court/Katie Mitchellâ€™s Anatomy of a Suicide & Ophelias Zimmer) and written by Tamara von Werthern (Founder of Fizzy Sherbet – a new writing initiative for women writers) this world premiere creates an immersive experience of cycling in a physical, abstract and imaginative way.
The White Bike has been developed with help from Arts Council England, and is supported by Queen Mary University of London, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, Sustrans, SeeMeSaveMe and RoadPeace. We are grateful to all of our supporters on Kickstarter, Pedlars, MiCycle, A&S Bikes and CarryMe.org and our individual donors.
If you would like to make a donation to SeeMeSaveMe, the campaign run by Eilidh’s sister Kate Cairns, you can do so at seemesaveme.org
On 29th September there will be a post show Q+A with the cast, creative team, Donnachadh McCarthy, founder of Stop Killing CyclistsÂ and a speaker from Sustrans (www.sustrans.org.uk), a chance to join in the discussion on the wider social relevance of the play and the issues it raises.
Writer: Tamara von Werthern
Director: Lily McLeish
Design: Lucy Sierra
Movement Director: Simon Pittman
Sound Design: Pete Malkin
Light Design: Dan Saggars
Video Design: Ellie Thompson
Producer: George Warren / Metal Rabbit Productions
Cast: Chris Akrill, Helen Millar, Helen Stern, Josephine Starte, Liam Faik
3pm matinee Saturday 23rd September
Running time: 75 minutes
25% off if booked by 19th August