Performers going on a cycling tour

The HandleBards outdoor cycling Shakespeare tour, which begins today at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.
The HandleBards outdoor cycling Shakespeare tour, which begins today at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.
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BREAKING a leg may be more likely for the four-strong cast of a new production coming to Whalton as they will cycle to the venue.

The HandleBards, presented by theatre company Peculius, have a unique twist to their nationwide tour as they are travelling the entire journey from Glasgow to London by bike.

And with no back-up vehicle, they are carrying all they need for their performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, including props, sets and costumes, with them.

All of the items are recycled goods that could be found either on a bike or campsite and the team’s bikes are rigged up to power various mechanical contraptions on stage. As if the 926-mile tour wasn’t challenge enough, the four actors will play 40 characters between them. Directed by James Farrell and designed by Libby Todd, the production is supported by the Old Vic Theatre.

The tour started at Glasgow Riverside Museum and will end at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea on August 23.

In between, the group will perform Twelfth Night at Whalton Manor next Thursday, at 7pm. Tickets cost £12, £10 concs, and are available on 01670 775205. For further information visit www.pecu lius.com