The HandleBards began because adventures are fun – they love to explore. They are troupes of cycling actors who carry with them all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the globe.
Their shows have received critical acclaim from national press (“gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” – The Stage), regional press (“chaotic, clever and charming” – The Shields Gazette) and audience members (“you have converted an 11 year old boy into a Shakespeare fan”) alike.
Travelling by bicycle allows The HandleBards to connect with local communities in a much deeper way that any other touring theatre company – their slower speed of travel means they spend longer than most in every area we visit. They also engage local musicians at as many of our shows as possible.
They’re very inquisitive souls, and they realise that they’re not going to learn anything from slopping about on the sofa. So instead The HandleBards prefer to say “yes” and just go for it! It’s probably this mentality that’s lead to them cycling around the world to perform Shakespeare. That, and the fact that they love it when people say they’re mad.
The HandleBards think that sleep can wait. They love to explore. They love to find the funny.