Horsing around on the clay trails with pedal-powered play
The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle, a two-wheeled take on the classic tale, is to return to the clay-trails near the Eden Project, following successful performances in July, with creative workshops to enable audiences to become part of the action.
The promenade style play takes 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 workshops give audiences the chance to decorate their bicycles, inspired by knights and steads, for the journey on Don Quixote’s adventure.
The story follows Don Quixote’s misguided escapades into the heroic exploits of the famous knights he has been reading about. He brings their stories to life regardless of the consequences, whilst styling himself as the knight of La Mancha, accompanied by his reluctant squire Sancho Panza.
The actors lead the way on their own strange and beautiful custom-made bicycles, which are perfect for children and adults alike to model their own designs on.
There will be a variety of art supplies on hand for the audiences to create their own handsome herd of horses.
Nathan Hunkin, Clay Trails Project Coordinator at Eden, said “We saw an amazing display of creativity during the performances in July, so we’re expecting that this weekend’s audience will take up the challenge and become part of this unique play.”
Burn the Curtain, based in Honiton in Devon, have had recent success touring the unique show at the acclaimed Brighton Festival and Cap Fréhel, along Brittany’s coastline. They will end the summer with performances at Leeds Bike Fest.
The workshop and starting point for the performance takes place at the St Austell Printing Company building, in the St. Austell Business Park at Carclaze.
The audience is encouraged to wear suitable clothing and to bring helmets. Bicycles can be hired from Pavé Velo nearby in St Austell.
The performances take place on 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/