The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “seriously silly” production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
Join the HandleBards’ all-female troupe on 8th September at Bell House, Dulwich for Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before!
And what’s the play about? Well – Romeo and Juliet fall in love, despite the fact that both their families hate each other. Hilarity ensues… Well, sort of.
To date, The HandleBards have pedalled over 8,000 miles and performed to over 90,000 people, across 12 countries and 3 continents. The company engage local communities at their shows, partnering with environmentally-minded businesses and inviting local musicians to play at their shows. This year, they are partnering with British bicycle manufacturer Pashley, whose hand-crafted bikes they’ll be riding throughout 2018.
As winners of the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, and nominees of The Stage’s inaugural Sustainability Award, The HandleBards are leading the charge towards a more sustainable British theatre scene.
Producer Tom Dixon, said: “We’re committed to demonstrating that everyone can and must play their part in looking after our world, but we’re also well aware that not everyone likes to be preached at. That’s why we approach the subject with positivity, aiming to inspire others to make small changes to the way they live their own lives. The UK is full of stunning areas of natural beauty, which we’re thrilled to be able to work in and help protect.”
The HandleBards cycle from venue to venue when they first create a new show, and are currently developing a nationwide tree-planting scheme to offset any carbon they produce during international or revival tours.
Romeo and Juliet
Saturday 8th September
7pm – 9pm
at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7BG
Tickets £6 – £15
For full tour schedules, please visit www.handlebards.com