South Street & RedCape Theatre present
a SITELINES production
Next performances 28 - 29 May Hexagon, Reading
"[The bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel" Susan B Anthony, Women’s Rights Activist, 1896
When lockdown begins Kit's world shrinks. Staying at home to save lives has meant a retreat back to the role of mother and home-maker, whilst trying to hold down a job. With the walls closing in, her garage and 2 wheels become her sanctuary...
On Track is a new site-specific play drawing on true stories and using RedCape’s trademark blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre. The audience follow Kit’s journey of discovery through the shocking history of women’s cycling. Riding at night, disguised as men, these cycling pioneers powered over Victorian ideals of the genteel, house-bound woman and opened up new worlds.
On Track explores the effects of Covid on mental health and well-being and tells the story of how a simple bicycle has become a vehicle to freedom once again. Celebrating both people and pedal power. As Kit pumps up her tyres and ventures out, we hope the audience will leave confident and inspired to ride out on their own too.
Created & Performed by Cassie Friend
Written by Catherine Dyson
Directed by Sabina Netherclift and Rebecca Loukes
Produced by John Luther
Production Manager: Adrian Croton
Set Design: Martin West
Cycling Consultants: Andy Edwards & Kat Morris
Supported by Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery
Developed at & supported by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space