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Cycling theatre company pedals back into Diss

PUBLISHED: 09:57 04 July 2018

The HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBards

The HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBards

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The world’s first cycling theatre company free wheel back into town this weekend to stage an open air production of Romeo and Juliet in Diss Park.

The HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBardsThe HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBards

Pedal-powered open air Shakespeare company – the HandleBards – travel everywhere by bicycle, carrying the set, props, and costumes needed to perform their energetic and charmingly chaotic productions.

Having performed Shakespeare’s comedy of love and mistaken identity As You Like It with an all-female cast in Diss Park last year, they will roll back into town to stage their lively and fun outdoor take on Romeo and Juliet on July 8 at 2pm.

Set in Verona, the Montagues and Capulets are in the throes of a long-running family feud. In the midst of this two young members of the families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet – fall in love. Even though they know their love is forbidden by their family allegiances, they marry in secret. Juliet feigns her own death in an attempt to reunite herself with the banished Romeo, but not everything goes quite according to plan.

The HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBardsThe HandleBards are bringing their Romeo and Juliet to Diss. Photo: HandleBards

The story of star-crossed lovers is familiar but it will be told in HandleBards style, with four actors playing all the parts, riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and their unique brand of irreverent comedy.

Described as the world front-runners in sustainable theatre, the troupe began life in 2013 as a group of entrepreneurial friends from university with a shared passion for travelling theatre.

This summer they are pedalling around the country stopping off at 120 venues with either the all-female Romeo and Juliet and an all-male production of Twelfth Night.

• Romeo & Juliet is at Diss Park on July 8, 2pm, £15 adult with free child, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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