Clay trails provide backdrop for fast-paced, pedal-powered play
The Eden Project has teamed up with avant-garde theatre company Burn the Curtain to produce a performance of their play The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle.
The promenade style play will take place in the beautiful landscape of the clay trails overlooking St Austell Bay, where both the actors and the audience travel on bike as the story unfolds.
The play follows the colourful and misguided escapades of Don Quixote, the self-styled knight of La Mancha, and includes an exciting array of strange and beautiful custom-designed bicycles. As part of the show, audiences will also be able to decorate their bicycles and even turn them into their very own trusty steeds.
Burn the Curtain are based in Honiton, Devon and have toured the fun-filled show at the acclaimed Brighton Festival as well as Cap Fréhel, taking in some of Brittany’s most stunning coastline and will also be performing at Leeds Bike Fest later in the summer.
Nathan Hunkin, Clay Trails Project Coordinator at Eden, said: “We’re really excited that people are getting the chance to experience the beauty of the clay trails in such and innovative and engaging way.”
The show, which starts from the car park at the St Austell Printing Company, based in the St Austell Business Park, is aimed at audiences of all ages and abilities. The performance covers a distance of three miles at a gentle pace, ending at Eden.
People will need to bring their own bike, suitable clothing and a helmet. Bicycles can be hired from Pavé Velo in St Austell.
There will be performances on Saturday July 27, Sunday July 28, Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25 at both 11am until 1pm and 3pm until 5pm.
Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for under 18s, £18 for a family of four and it is free for under 3s.
To book, phone the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972. Tickets are limited, so early booking is advised.
If people choose to visit Eden after the performance, they will be able to benefit from Eden’s green discount of £4 off all tickets, given to anyone who visits by foot, bicycle or on public transport.
To find out more about the clay trails, go to: http://www.claytrails.co.uk/