Symphonie de la Bicyclette

Symphonie de la Bicyclette


‘Medals aren’t meant to be worn on the shirt; they are to be worn on the soul.’
Gino Bartali (1914-2000)

21 - 24 September, 2022
Bruce Godron Theatre
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

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.

Presented by Brink Productions in association with Merrigong Theatre.

Writer & Performer Hew Parham 
Director Chris Drummond 
Dramaturg Caleb Lewis
Composer & Sound Designer Will Spartalis 
Set, Costume & Lighting Design Wendy Todd 
Associate Lighting Designer & Technical Operator Aaron Herczeg 
Production Manager Lachlan Turner