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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.
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