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The Village Bike

By Penelope Skinner

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20

Overview

I just don't know what to do. Because it's like if your body is literally telling you what it needs. More than ever before.

Becky and John have moved to a rural idyll. Their renovation is only half finished and the dodgy internal pipe-work is banging, but John loves the organic butchers and the fresh air.

His wife is less sure. Her body is changing. She’s frustrated. She has needs: startling and urgent longings and desires, which are not being satisfied by her husband, or her nosy neighbour, or the glorious countryside.

Thank goodness the local men-folk are friendly. Mike is a reliable plumber, and Oliver is the leading man of the local amateur players. He’s currently on stage in tight breeches as highwayman Dick Turpin. Both men are more than willing to help Becky settle in.

Oliver even has an old bike for sale. One he’s keen to give to restless Becky, and one she’s desperate to take for a ride. Soon the cottage plumbing is not the only thing causing disturbance deep in the English countryside.

The Village Bike spins the wheels off the old conventions around human desire. Hilarious and original, it explores impending motherhood and the need for liberation from social and gender conventions. Written by Penelope Skinner, it was a smash hit when it opened in London in 2011, winning George Devine and Evening Standard Awards.

Nicole Charles returns to Chichester to direct, following her five-star production of Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (2019); her other credits include Emilia (West End).

Becky is played by Esther Smith, whose television credits include Cuckoo, Uncle and the forthcoming Trying. Her short film Elephant was BAFTA-nominated; recent theatre includes Fairview (Young Vic).

Prologue 17 Lime Teal.

Prologue tickets available from 29 February

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Esther Smith Bw.

    Esther Smith

    Becky

Creative team

Nicole Charles

Director

Madeleine Girling

Designer

Prema Mehta

Lighting Designer

George Dennis

Sound Designer

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Nights£20£30
All other performances£28£39
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Friends : £2 off non-Saver tickets
Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
£5 Prologue Tickets available for 16-25 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
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All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Content and Themes

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The Village Bike
Age Guidance  16+
Language       Very strong language
Nudity             None anticipated
Violence         None
Themes          Sexual relationships, pornography, masturbation

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Age Guidance 
Ages 16+
Notes
Contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.