Icicle Bicycle (2007-2008)

White Horse Road
21 Nov 2007 - 2 Mar 2008
Age range: 2-6
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All zipped up against the winter wind, Spike and Bella huddle together on their back doorstep just thinking. What does Nanna Baba get up to when she goes beyond the garden gate? What is hiding among the icy trees and holly bushes on the other side of the path?

Following their Grandma’s footprints through the snow, the two children tumble through a frosty hedgerow and discover the faded grandeur of an old circus tent. They enter a world of memories where balloon sellers, trapeze artists and high wire acrobats can become a possibility.

Wrapped up in a continuous musical score, Icicle Bicycle conjured a fantastical world where sometimes it is easier to imagine than to remember. Dealing with bereavement and inter-generational relationships, this play was performed in fully integrated British Sign Language and English. This play was the 5th in a cycle of 6 presented in this format by the company and toured nationally.

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You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

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Cast List

Creative Team

  • Chris Elwell Director
  • Ruth Finn Designer
  • Bruce Nockles Composer
  • Ian Wooldridge Stage Manager
  • Jeni Draper Associate Director



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