About the show
A tragic true story inspires the new play The White Bike at London’s The Space.
Cycling in the city is a hugely risky business. The White Bike is a moving new play by Tamara Von Werthern. It tells the story of Isabelle, a woman who cycles off to work but never returns home again. The play is inspired by the true story of Eilidh Cairns and is set along an existing route.
It’s Tuesday morning and Isabelle is about to leave the house. She puts her lunch box in her pannier and kisses her daughter goodbye. What happens shortly after, as she cycles through Hackney, is at once horrendous in its consequences and all too familiar.
This new production takes audiences inside the story and the experience of cycling in London using an imaginative and immersive theatrical environment. The play foregrounds the tragedy of this event and many others like it, whilst also celebrating the life of a young woman.
Lily McLeish directs The White Bike. She previously worked as Associate Director alongside Katie Mitchell on the acclaimed production of Anatomy Of A Suicide at the Royal Court, and also Ophelia’s Zimmer.
Von Werthern is the founder of Fizzy Sherbert, a new writing initiative supporting and championing the work of women writers.
The Space is helping to raise money for SeeMeSaveMe, a campaign set up by Eilidh’s sister Kate Cairns. Find out more on their website.
The White Bike runs from 19 – 30 September 2017 at The Space.