The White Bike at The Space

Tuesday 29 August 2017

London Fringe - Premieres - Shows

The White Bike, written by Tamara von Werthern and directed by Lily McLeish, will receive its world premiere at The Space in East London from 19 to 30 September 2017.
The White Bike at The Space

Image: The Space

Millions of people cycle to work every day.

And every week, some of them don't make it home.

One Tuesday morning, Isabelle packs her lunch box into her pannier, kisses her young daughter goodbye, and sets off on her bike through Hackney.

What happens along the way is at once shocking, inconceivable, and terrifyingly ordinary.

Based on a true story, The White Bike is an affecting play about what happens when our world is turned upside down.

The White Bike was inspired by the death of Eilidh Cairns, who was crushed by a tipper lorry as she cycled to work in Notting Hill.

Her sister, Kate, has been campaigning tirelessly for safer roads, setting up See Me Save Me and has been interviewed many times on trade and national press on Radio 4 live and BBC news.

Eilidh's story has touched many lives and has already brought about much positive change in the cycling world.

Making our roads safe for vulnerable road users remains an urgent issue, however: in the eight years since Eilidh was killed, a further 100 cyclists have been killed in London alone. (Source: Cycling Intelligence)

The play is a moving, personal account of one woman's journey by bike through an existing route in London and her coming to terms with her own death and its impact on her young family - it asks the audience to immerse themselves in the experience of cycling to truly empathise with the character's fate.

The creative team behind the production includes Complicite's Pete Malkin, who won a special Tony award for his work on The Encounter, and Frantic Assembly's Simon Pittman on movement (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.)

It will be directed by Lily McLeish, associate director to Katie Mitchell, who has experience directing at the Royal Court, RSC and National Theatre.

The lighting designer is Dan Saggars and the designer is Lucy Sierra who has design credits at the National Theatre and the Royal Court.

There is a strong, exciting vision for a piece of physical theatre combining movement, light and sound to create the sensation of cycling on stage in the intimate setting of the venue.

The White Bike is a co-production between The Space and George Warren of Metal Rabbit Productions.

They are further supported by Queen Mary's University, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (EDFOC), RoadPeace, Sustrans, Pedlars Cycle Cafe and Workshop , MiCycle, A&S Cycles, CarryMe CargoBikes and Nick Hern Books, who will publish the script.

Eilidh's sister, Kate Cairns says:

"I founded the 'See Me Save Me' campaign in 2009 following the death of my sister Eilidh Cairns, who was run down from behind by a fully laden tipper lorry whilst cycling to work through Notting Hill Gate.

Tragically and scandalously these deaths continue eight years later.

There are many ways to change public opinion, industry norms and political sway; I have tried most of them but art, theatre and drama are another powerful influence for change.

My feeling is that The White Bike will play an important part in helping to raise awareness of the tragic and futile deaths that are caused on our streets year after year.

It will add another voice to the voices of those who campaign tirelessly in order to stop these deaths.

I pledge my support for the project and state my intent that I will help with the media campaign around the project, and will make myself available to be interviewed on radio, TV, and in print wherever possible."


Chris Akrill

Helen Millar

Helen Stern

Josephine Starte

Liam Faik


Writer: Tamara von Werthern

Director: Lily McLeish

Design: Lucy Sierra

Movement Director: Simon Pittman

Sound Design: Pete Malkin

Light Design: Dan Saggers

Video Design: Ellie Thompson

Producer: George Warren / Metal Rabbit Productions


The Space

269 Westferry Road

London E14 3RS


19 to 30 September 2017


£15; £12 concessions

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