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‘The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.’
The above quote is from the Iris Murdoch novel The Red and the Green. Perhaps as the Tour de France nears Ilkley we should add the yellow. Yet even before the Tour caravan approaches the question is already arising - what will be its legacy? Words?
The show set off from York and passed through Ilkley on 28 June as part of Ilkley Literature Festival 2014 Cycling Words. It is a free outdoor show, set in the still surroundings of the Ilkley lido with the moors as a midsummer backdrop. The early evening rain and midges only seemed to enhance the quirky Englishness of the play with the tales of plucky cyclists alone, in tandem or in groups.
The trio of actors – Simon Kerrigan, Peter McMillan and Rochi Rampal all had the ability to instantly create characters with the most minimal words and gestures. The girl with her flowing dress trapped in the spokes, two bikes locked together being the start of love, a tandem ridden solo after a love affair went head over handlebars. The only props needed are a cast of bicycles. Small cycles with stabilisers, proud new bikes to mark occasions: birthdays, passing exams. Bikes stolen and rescued, raced and crashed, flashy and sleek, reliable and practical.
From the basket of one of these bikes stories are chosen at random and read out, men, women and children in the audience beam with recognition: it is their story.
This is a positive, inclusive, charming show. It rides by with a mix of fun and green energy. Of course there is, if you look for it a message, cycling is carbon neutral, healthy, life enhancing, the stories of this life cycle reflectingShakespeare’s seven ages of man but there is no polemic. Bike Story speaks for itself, the words still spinning when the wheels stop.
You may have noticed we have been a little ‘quiet’ for a while. Due to work commitments the Pickled Egg will now ONLY carry information and reviews of Ilkley Literature Festival and will be unable to cover other local events.
We will however, retweet them for you on Twitter.
We have thoroughly enjoyed a number of nights out, comedy, theatre, shopping experiences and meals over the years in this lovely town.
If you think your business has something to offer festival goers at Lit Fest time, do get in touch and we will try to carry as much local news as possible.
Other than that, we will see you again soon with news of this year’s line up for ILF 2015.
Yep the club, which has become a regular feature at Ilkley Playhouse, will see funnymen and women from all walks of life descending on the town just in time for the Le Tour weekend.
So book your tickets early to make sure you are NOT left trailing behind!
This time round they come armed with an Edinburgh Festival preview which is sure to go down a treat with locals.
Ok so who’s coming?
Well this time it’s Chris Turner who will be showing off his wit. He’s a bit of a comic rapper and has toured the international circuit, performing in the USA, UK, Australia and India. Not bad eh?
His keen wit and intelligent wordplay have seen him rack up over 1.6 million views on YouTube; headline for 1.1 million Dutch comedy fans on RTL4′s flagship stand up show, The Comedy Factory; appear live on BBC Radio 2 and perform sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where in 2012, he was part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, and awarded the 5th Best Joke of the entire festival.
He will be joined by Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
Kiri is a hoot according to the Leicester Mercury, the Stourbridge News and judges at Nottingham Comedy Festival.
With a charming stage manner coupled with a deft, quick wit it’s easy to see why she was named Breakout Act of the Year at the festival. The biggest lesson this smart, instantly likeable girl-next-door type from Anglesey will give you is in observational comedy. Her inventive wordplay contributes to a stand up set of well delivered, increasingly funny anecdotes drawn from her daily life which would be difficult not to relate to.
Richard Jow will also be here – ‘A worldly wise and undeniable logic runs through his set, provoking many an applause break’ – according to bbc.co.uk
And last but never least, the compere will be THE Anthony J Brown, who’s won a heap of awards and more importantly, has won over audiences at Ilkley on many occasions.
Ok so fun starts Saturday 5th July (Le Tour weekend) Start time: 8pm Tickets £12 .
Bradford District NHS Care Trust will be running regular classes at Ilkley Library on Wednesday afternoons.
There is no need to book, just turn up with a notebook and pen and let the magic happen.
Writing can bring therapeutic benefits and Community Health Champion John King will lead a group of eager authors to help people to do this.
No previous experience is necessary and you don’t have to book either. Just turn up with a noetbook and pen and a willingness to take part.
The group will meet at Ilkley Library in the town on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm. There are no facilities for hot drinks so feel free to bring one with you. Tele 01274 321911 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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