HandleBards on tour
June 25, 2014
We're two weeks into our three month tour, and we've already cycled over 350 miles. In a few days' time we'll be reaching The Dell with four bikes, two trailers and all the props and costumes we need to perform Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors.
This is the second year that (we) the HandleBards have toured, after taking Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet around the UK last summer. We had an amazing time, and the four of us - myself, Tom Dixon, Callum Cheatle and Callum Brodie - couldn't wait to get back on the bikes after finishing in August last year.
Nine months later and we've booked a tour that's twice the length of last year, spent five weeks rehearsing two new plays, got four new bikes and a newly-founded addiction to checking the weather forecast every ten minutes. When we're cycling up to 45 miles from venue to venue, and then perform in the outdoors, a good forecast can do wonders for morale!
By the time we reach The Dell we'll have travelled over 400 miles and performed the new shows at least a dozen times. Our excitement to be back again is carrying us through the long rides, big hills and exhausting days. It's a strange feeling for us this year - our stint at The Dell last year came quite late in our tour, whereas this year it feels like it's only the beginning.
Whilst a host of other companies pitch up over the summer weekends, we'll be continuing to make our way up the country, joining in the celebrations for the Tour de France in Yorkshire, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
As if that wasn't enough, we're also heading across the North Sea for a two-week tour from Amsterdam to Brussels, before returning to perform in London at the end of August. All in all, a 2000 mile adventure, and we can't wait!
Paul Moss is the HandleBards tour manager and is in his second year of touring with the company. Paul will be blogging as part of the 2014 Dell season
by Paul Moss
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