Dramatic society saddles up for bumpy ride to Florence

Forfar Dramatic Society will be venturing into Europe and touching on Brexit with their latest production, John Godber’s heartwarming and poignant ‘Scary Bikers’.

Mark Dowie
Friday, 10th March 2023, 3:00pm
Dramatic society saddles up for bumpy ride to Florence

Running from March 23-25 in Studio 132, East High Street, ‘Scary Bikers’ follows the developing relationship between two recently bereaved characters who are lonely, isolated and a little bit lost without their life partners.

Don is an ex-miner who now works as a hospital porter. Carol is a former teacher with an interest in art. They are as different as chalk and cheese, but they discover a shared interest in cycling and decide, on a whim, to cycle to Florence, Italy on a tandem. As their journey progresses, their care for each other grows and their bond endures well beyond their return from Italy.

This is not the first John Godber play that Forfar Dramatic Society has performed.

A society spokesperson said: “Over the years we have staged a number of Godber plays – and they have never let us down. Previous productions include ‘Up n’ Under’, ‘April in Paris’, ‘Losing the Plot’ and, most recently ‘September in the Rain’. So, when we’re looking for a new show, we always cast an eye around to see what the latest Godber offerings are.”

The action of ‘Scary Bikers’ takes place between 2016 and the present. Carol and Don’s adventure into Europe coincides with the Brexit referendum and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. While this is fundamentally the story of a road trip and blossoming relationship, it also holds a mirror up to some of the political issues that were the subject of enthusiastic debate at the time.

But by far the most interesting challenge facing the company is the cycling. How do you present a cycle journey in a live stage show?

The club’s spokesperson continued: “That’s something that people will have to come along and see for themselves, but we can promise that you will see our lycra clad cast pedalling for all they are worth”.

The play runs over three days, with evening performances on March 23 and 24, with a matinee on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are on sale now from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/forfardramatic .

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