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The Village Bike


Wed 2 Mar 2016, 8:00pm
Thu 3 Mar 2016, 8:00pm
Fri 4 Mar 2016, 8:00pm
Sat 5 Mar 2016, 3:00pm
Sat 5 Mar 2016, 8:00pm

Where: Red Stitch Actors Theatre, 2 Chapel Street Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: pressrelease

Red Stitch’s first production for 2016 is the Australian premiere of UK playwright Penelope Skinner’s award-winning and hilarious look at monogamy, pornography and desire. Fiercely erotic, The Village Bike upends presumptions about sexuality, and asks, is it possible to walk the line between cultural convention and personal freedom.

Becky and John have moved to a quiet town. Becky is pregnant - and now that her morning sickness has passed she is friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival.

Craving fresh air and independence, Becky decides to purchase a used bike from a man in town. After it arrives, her impulsive nature and thirst for adventure lead her down a path she never expected to discover.

“Skinner writes wittily and well about women. She overturns all the stereotypes about staid schoolteachers and expectant mums, and creates in Becky a living, breathing, highly passionate woman.” - The Guardian

The Village Bike features Red Stitch ensemble members Ella Caldwell as Becky and Olga Makeeva as Alice, and guest actors Richard Davies (Offspring, Bed of Roses) as John, Matthew Dyktynski (Japenese Story, Shock Jock, Dr Blake) as Oliver, Nikki Coghill (Neighbours, It’s a Date) as Jenny and Syd Brisbane (Worst Year of My Life, Again, Kiss or Kill) as Mike, all making their Red Stitch debut. Ensemble member Ngaire Dawn Fair directs.

Ella Caldwell said: “I find The Village Bike provocative, and at times very confronting. I think the play asks us to consider how little our society talks honestly about sex and sexuality, about how much we assume, about how much we hide. It does so through a passionate female protagonist – one who behaves as she feels rather than as the thinks she ought to. This is challenging and a rare treat to encounter as an audience, and as an actor.”

Penelope Skinner’s plays include F**ked, first performed in London, in 2008; Eigengrau in 2010; and The Sound of Heavy Rain. The Village Bike played a sell-out run at the Royal Court where it received rave reviews and was twice extended. The play won the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and was nominated at the 2012 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Her latest play, Linda opened at the Royal Court Theatre in December 2015.