The first London production in nearly 40 years
“Imagine a fleet of civic bikes gleaming with the city's coat of arms stacked on covered racks on the corner of every street which anybody can ride anywhere...Earth would not have anything to show more fair.
Renowned Ulster playwright Stewart Parker's Spokesong – which won him the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright – opens at the Finborough Theatre in the first London production in nearly 40 years. Belfast, 1973. The city is being torn apart by the Troubles. But to bike shop-owner Frank Stock, the greater threat is the imminent demolition of his neighbourhood to make way for a motorway through the city. Frank thinks what Belfast needs is an antidote to the car – ‘50,000 free bicycles distributed round the city centre’. But the arrival of his estranged adoptive brother and a burgeoning romance bring the reality of the streets blasting through his shop...
A runaway hit at the Dublin Theatre Festival which transferred to both London and New York, Spokesong was last seen in London in 1977. A haunting story, blending song and a century of history, told through the lens of the humble bicycle, Spokesong is a fascinating exploration of how we process our own personal and national history.
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