“[The bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel”Susan B Anthony, Women’s Rights Activist, 1896
When lockdown begins Kit’s world shrinks. Staying at home has meant a retreat back to the role of mother, home-maker, with teacher thrown in too. With the walls closing in, her garage and 2 wheels become her sanctuary...
On Track is a new site-specific play drawing on true stories and using RedCape’s trademark blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre. The audience follow Kit’s journey of discovery through the history of women’s cycling. Riding at night, disguised as men, these cycling pioneers powered over Victorian ideals of the genteel, house-bound woman and opened up new worlds.
Performed at The Hexagon Theatre - reimagined as a Velodrome for these exclusive shows - On Track explores the effects of Covid on our mental health and tells the story of how a simple bicycle has become a vehicle to freedom once again. Celebrating both people and pedal power.
As Kit pumps up her tyres and ventures out, we hope the audience too will leave confident and inspired to ride out on their own too. Audience members are encouraged to cycle to the show and send us a picture or short video of them and their bike to be part of a film.
Created & Performed by Cassie Friend
Written by Catherine Dyson
Directed by Sabina Netherclift & Rebecca Loukes
Produced by John Luther
Production Manager: Adrian Croton
Sound design: Dan Bryan
Set Design: Martin West
Cycling Consultants: Andy Edwards & Kat Morris
Supported by Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery
Developed at & supported by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space
Location: The Hexagon
Tickets: £15, £13 South Street Members
Capacity for each show is limited to 50 people and seating will be socially distanced.
No latecomers will be admitted, please arrive in plenty of time.
Recommended 14+ (strong language)
Refreshments: Please note there will be no bar service available at the event but a full range of refreshments are available to pre-order and will be delivered to your seat on arrival. Pre-Order Refreshments here.