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Symphonie de la Bicyclette

21 - 24 Sep

Life is short, and the Tour de France is long.

By Hew Parham

A funny, heartfelt one-man show about cycling and obsession, envy and ambition, winning and losing, and finding the inner grit to dominate the mountain stages of life.

Hew is a passionate wannabe cyclist. But Hew is in a malaise. Stuck in a relationship with his exercise bike and going nowhere, he has long harboured a pathological envy of his more successful high school friend, now professional cyclist, Jake.

Told in parallel with our hero’s tale is the story of the great Gino Bartali (1914 – 2000), winner of the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, who, in WWII, risked his life to save Jewish lives in Northern Italy by secretly transporting documents in his bicycle.

In Symphonie de la Bicyclette these stories combine to create an absurdly hysterical yet ultimately moving portrait of the quest for glory and heroism.

The world premiere of this new theatre piece celebrating our obsession with life on two wheels has been specially programmed as part of the festivities surrounding the UCI Road World Championships Wollongong 2022.

 

Book this show as part of a Merrigong Season Ticket
You can include this show as part of a 2022 Season Ticket. Choose 5 shows from only $290 and you’ll also get a range of extra perks, like free ticket exchanges and discounts at The Social café & bar. Read more and book here.

Cast & Creatives

Writer and Performer Hew Parham
Director Chris Drummond
Composer and Sound Designer Will Spartalis
Set, Costume and Lighting Designer Wendy Todd
Associate Lighting Designer and Technical Operator Aaron Herczeg
Production Manager Lachlan Turner
Photo by Shane Reid

Pre-show Dining Packages

$28 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $28pp. Our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature warm table bread, a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly and include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option. Open weekdays and showtime.

Table bookings are required. 02 4224 5932

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Keeping you, our staff and performing artists safe is our number one priority.

We are operating in accordance with NSW Health rules and guidelines for entertainment venues. When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well and prepared to stick to the safety practices of our venues. Face masks, digital check-ins and proof of vaccination are currently mandatory for all visitors. (This also includes everyone working on site.) For detailed information and FAQs, please click here.

 

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