Symphonie of the Bicycle
By Hew Parham
HotHouse Theatre presents Brink Productions’
“Life is short, but the Tour de France is long … and hilariously painful!’’
Over 200 years ago a volcano erupts over Indonesia spreading an ash cloud all the way to Europe.
In a moment of inspiration after the death of his horse, inventor Karl Von Drais devises a two-wheeled, man-powered mode of transport, the humble bicycle.
Flash forward to the present day where we meet Hew, an aspiring cyclist stuck in a rut of dead-end jobs and missed opportunities.
He harbours a pathological envy of his successful high school friend, Jake, now a professional cyclist. The story of Hew runs parallel with that of two-time Tour de France champion Gino Bartali, who risked his life during WWII to secretly transport documents to save Jewish people in Northern Italy.
A chain of uphill battles, twists and turns leads to a most unlikely meeting on a mountain.
Written by and starring Hew Parham, this gem of a show weaves together a series of outrageous characters and stories across time and space in an absurdly hysterical, yet ultimately moving portrait of the quest for glory and heroism.
Directed by Adelaide legend Chris Drummond, Symphonie of the Bicycle is a funny, heartfelt show about cycling and obsession, envy, ambition, winning and losing, and finding the inner grit to dominate the mountain stages of life.
Running Time: 80 minutes, no interval
Content Advice: Some strong language. Suitable ages 12+.
Post Show Q&A: Fri 28 June
Dates and Times:
Tues 25 June, 7:30pm
Wed 26 June, 6:30pm
Thur 27 June, 7:30pm
Fri 28 June, 7:30pm
Sat 29 June, 3pm** & 7:30pm
Accessibility: **Audio Description and Tactile Tour.
Venue: Butter Factory Theatre
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