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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

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