York-based arts education provider Creative Learning Partnerships (CLP) is bringing the excitement of the Tour de France to 22 primary schools in York and across Yorkshire this June and July.
CLP is working with 509 Arts to extend one of the major commissions of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, Bike Story, to reach over 3,500 primary school pupils across the region, with visits to City of York Council’s Naburn CE Primary Schools and New Earswick Primary on Monday 23 June.
The company has created a special theatrical performance set in a second hand bike shop. Bike Story in Schools celebrates storytelling and the important role bikes play in our lives. Alongside the actors, the show features a cast of bicycles supplied by The Bike Rescue Project in York. Each show is followed by a creative workshop for pupils.
Bike Story in school starts its tour with two special performance at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 17 June before visiting schools in York, Leeds and Bradford.
Colin Jackson, Director of CLP and one of the actors, said: “Bike Story in Schools is about supporting schools to develop pupils’ written and verbal skills. We’re sure the children will be brimming with tales to tell when they see the performance – we can’t wait to hear their bike stories.”
Bike Story in Schools has been created to accompany Bike Story, a brand new outdoor theatre show written by Mike Kenny (Blood and Chocolate, The Railway Children). Bike Story and Bike Story in Schools have been commissioned by Yorkshire Festival 2014 and are presented in association with City of York Council.
Bike Story will be on tour throughout Yorkshire from 20 June to 5 July and is part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014. To reserve your free tickets visit www.bikestory.org.uk/tour
Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. Nearly 50 events have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events. Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter – YFest2014.