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.
A series of humiliating events cast Hew out of his flat and into the world, where he encounters former cycling champion Gavin Chestnut, who takes him under his wing, remaking Hew into a new man. Now transformed, Hew is ready to take on his arch-nemesis, Jake, in the race for his life.
Told in parallel with our hero’s tale is the story of the great Gino Bartali (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 obsessions with life on two wheels has been specially programmed as part of the festivities surrounding the UCI Road World Championships Wollongong 2022.