Bicycle Bards back at local landmark

The HandleBards, the world's first bicycle-powered Shakespearean actors will be heading back to Northumberlandia in Cramlington.
The HandleBards, the world's first bicycle-powered Shakespearean actors will be heading back to Northumberlandia in Cramlington.

The world’s first bicycle-powered Shakespearean actors will be heading back to Northumberlandia in the summer.

Joining Northumberland Wildlife Trust, The HandleBards will be wooing the region’s lovers of the Bard of Avon with their extremely energetic performance of Twelfth Night – all under the watchful eye of one of the North East’s landmarks.

The four-strong, all male troupe of actors, who pedal from venue to venue with the set, props and costumes on their bicycles, specialise in open-air theatre across the globe whatever the weather.

In previous years, the site on Cramlington’s Fisher Lane has hosted performances of As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing to enthusiastic audiences.

This will be a fundraising event on behalf of Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Written in 1601, the play features Duke Orsino who is in love with Lady Olivia, who will not have anything to do with him.

Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead, meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous butler, Malvolio.

There is drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty … a bit like a 17th version of EastEnders.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £15 with under 12s going free for the August 14 performance. To book, visit www.nwt.org.uk/handlebards

Gates open at 5pm for the performance, which runs from 6.30pm to 9pm and includes an interval.