A four-strong troupe of cycling actors who carry all of the necessary set, props and costume to provide Shakespeare plays!
The HandleBards began because adventures are fun – they love to explore. They are a four-strong troupe of cycling actors who carry with with them all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the globe.
In 2013, they embarked on their first cycling theatre tour, pedalling Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night 967 miles from Glasgow to London performing at diverse outdoor venues across the UK. In 2014, they cycled 2000 miles across the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium performing Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors to over 6000 people at 50 venues. The shows received critical acclaim from London press (“back to basics storytelling in the best way” – WhatsOnStage), regional press (“chaotic, clever & charming” – The Shields Gazette), and Edinburgh Fringe reviewers (★★★★★ – Broadway Baby). They also won the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award from Creative Carbon Scotland; which assessed sustainable design, communication of sustainable message and a high-quality production.