After hugely successful tours in the summers of 2013 and 2014, described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as 'uproariously funny', the HandleBards will be back on their bikes in 2015 for their most diverse season to date. Two more Shakespeare plays are in the workshop for some bicycle maintenance as we speak - we have a feeling this year will top all the rest.
We've got a fantastic year ahead of us, beginning with Shakespeare Shuffle at London's Greenwich Theatre on the 30th and 31st of January, followed by a week at the Vault Festival from the 18th to the 22nd of February before we head off on our first ever tour of UK schools. After this we'll be performing at Exeter Cathedral on the 25th and 26th of March.
The HandleBards do Shakespeare differently - performing with eight very sore legs, and using their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing ALL the parts in Directors James Farrell (RSC, West End, Chichester Festival Theatre) and Emma Sampson's (of Riff Raff fame) wild 1930s indie-folk romps.
If you're new to the HandleBards, here's a short video to show what we're all about.
Last year we saved 50.2 tonnes of CO2 by travelling by bike, and we rewarded by winning the the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. We'd like you to be environmentally concious too. Here's a few possible ways:
- At some venues in 2015 we'll be offering discounted tickets to anyone who cycles to the show. Details of where will be announced soon.
- Why not visit GoCarShare.com and visit us on a lower carbon footprint?
- Have you got an old bicycle part or accessory that you don't want anymore? Get in touch and we'll keep your green conscience squeaky-clean by recycling it for use in our shows.