Directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones
Starring the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change, Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical musical journey in Spin, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle. One part documentary and another part musical activism, Spin is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895. Parry spins a fascinating web of stories that travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to reveal a surprising and contemporary heart to her theme of liberation. A vintage bicycle, hooked up to simple electronics and suspended in a mechanic’s stand, is played – from fenders to spokes to vinyl seat – by percussionist Brad Hart, providing a captivating sonic accompaniment to Parry’s songs and monologues.
“Part theatre, part music gig, part spoken word poetry, part documentary: whatever it is, it is brilliant”
– The Toronto Star
“…a welcome breath of fresh air… SPIN makes something beautiful out of taking your life into your own hands”
The Globe and Mail