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Don Quixote at Clay Trails

We are excited to be performing in Cornwall once again – our last show was Alice at Antony House back in 2010!

Don Quixote by Bicycle will be riding into the county and performing at the Clay Trails, across two weekends, first of which starts Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.

Quixote and Sancho will be riding along the Eden to Wheal Martyn trail. For more information on the show, see Don Quixote’s designated page from the menu above. For information on the Clay Trails, visit their site:


Book tickets, visit:


Look forward to seeing you there.

A brief snippet from France

Burn the Curtain have now fully assimilated back into the UK.

Sadly we only got to do one of the four scheduled shows. This was due to the weather – very high winds meant that it wasn’t practical or particularly safe When a heavy donkey tricycle needs to peddle down a steep hill, it’s usually a sign.

The one show we did do was well received, the hospitality was first class and the region had stunning scenery. Here is brief footage from our time in France:

Don Quixote moves that little bit closer to Spain.

June has arrived. Following our very enjoyable and successful week in Brighton, we are excited to announce our first venture into another country – France!

Over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June, Don Quixote will be riding alone the beautiful region of Cap Fréhel. This is part of a wider celebration which links South West UK and Brittany’s cycle paths.

Details of our shows, in French, is available on a new page – http://wp.me/P1so6S-bm

When we return, we will be posting details of our next English shows.

Thank you Brighton!

After an exhausting and successful week in Brighton, we returned home. Outdoor theatre is never just a case of rocking up and rehearsing. So many people help us deliver the show in each new space. We’d like to thank the following:

Kelly Turnbull (volunteers co-ordinator), Polly Barker, Chris Challis and Pippa Smith  of Brighton Festival for making us feel welcome and for bringing us to Brighton.

Devils Dyke pub for a back stage area, which was spacious, dry and warm.

Our volunteers Patrick, Niki, Lorraine, Mark and Carla. Your enthusiasm and commitment was vital to helping make the best show possible.

Charlie and Graham at National Trust and Chris the farmer – for land access/use, parking and much more.

Alison and David Hirst

John and Alexandra Hancock

Malcolm Smale from Sustrans – particularly for riding with us during a very cold and very snowy site visit in January. Plus numerous site visits on his own!

Knights and Squires – for riding with us through the epic landscape. Also the sheer creativity which lead to a variety of horcycles as well as ‘titles’.

Argus Angel

It’s official, Burn the Curtain are award winners! We were delighted to hear on Monday that we were the seventh recipient of an Argus Angel award. Here is a short history of it:

“The Argus Angel Awards were introduced in 2007 to award artistic excellence during the Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. From theatre and dance to music, live literature and exhibitions – The Argus Angels are presented to artists and performers who truly stand out from the crowd.”

We can now reveal a sneak peek of said angel:



Also the review from The Argus.

Brighton Festival Audience Photographs

As promised, here are pictures of the assembled Knights and their squires from our Brighton shows. Thank you for cycling with us!

Saturday 18th May 11am:


Saturday 18th May 3pm:


Sunday 19th May 11am:

Sunday 20th May 3pm:


Keep tilting at those windmills everybody.

Brighton with a new bike.

The Brighton Festival pedals towards us and the shows are fully booked. If you happen to be wandering around the South Downs, keep your eyes out for some slightly unusual bikes…

Which leads us to a debut tricycle for this year. Once again created by the very talented Ruth Webb, here is a sneak preview picture which was tweeted by The Eden Project on Monday:


It joins the other feathered bikes like Camilla Parker-Rolls the Flamingo, Akkeron the Black Swan. Don’t worry Quixote and Sancho, we can’t forget Rosinanté and Dapple.

Soon we will be revealing more dates and details of other performances this summer.

See you soon

Brighton Festival

Where he we go once again – The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle rides out for 2013 starting with Brighton Festival. We’ll be performing four shows over Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

For details on how to book and location visit the festival’s website (general sale tickets start 8th March):


We look forward to seeing you there and more dates/venues will be added later.

Boneshaker Magazine

The latest edition of Boneshaker Magazine contains an article about cycling and theatre, which includes ‘The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle’. Here is a link with details on how to get yourself a copy:


The North Devon leg of Don Quixote’s journey starts this weekend in Fremington. There are a few tickets left so if you are planning on coming then be quick! The following shows are SOLD OUT:

Saturday 18th Aug 3pm

Sunday 19th Aug 11am

Tuesday 21st Aug 11am

If you want tickets please visit Beaford Arts Centre’s website http://www.beaford-arts.org.uk/index.php?id=202 or give them a call on 01805 603201. Tickets are also available from Fremington Quay Café.


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