Presented by Lies, Lies and Propaganda
Reviewed 26 February 2016
Bicycle starts out as an amusing look at femininity and mores in the late nineteenth century, especially when it comes to the proper and correct way to ride a bicycle – but quickly turns into something darker when it takes a wonderful Gothic turn.
The bicycle in question has been given to ‘a lady’ (Danielle Baynes) by a prospective suitor so that she may ride to his castle and have a midnight meal with him. There’s a castle, he’s a Count with a very anemic appearance – you do the math!
Baynes plays all the roles involved and is spellbindingly captivating in her storytelling. She hardly shifts position when portraying other roles and doesn’t need to: her inflections and slight vocal changes are enough to always convey who she is at any given moment.
A clever device with this production is the fact that the bicycle, and parts of it, act as representations of other objects and props; the dance sequence is immensely beautiful.
Adding to the beauty is the luscious voice and virtuoso violin playing of Pip Dracakis; whilst the tunnels and cellars running underneath the Adelaide Treasury give a sublime atmosphere.
Bicycle is an absorbing, highly original and very entertaining piece of theatre.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Rating (out of 5): 4.5
Venue: Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury 2 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Season: until 3 March 2016
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $10 – $25
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)