Blazing Saddles’ touring show marks the moment when bicycles first became widely available in the late 1890s &, to the horror of wider society, women transformed their clothing to be able to ride.
Evolving from a contemporary choreography, the show uses movement, character & humour, clowning, costume & cake (or possibly biscuits) to tell the story of a group of women caught up in the excitement of the possibilities of travel, freedom & independence.
The narrative unfolds in a series of sequences. Costumes & colours transform, taking on a more modern look, & touching on issues & ideas about women cycling today.
Costumes are based on the original, copyrighted designs for ‘Convertible Cyclewear,’ so women could change between riding & respectability in an instant – although respectability is occasionally lacking here….
Images from a work in progress performance in Balham at Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 © Raysto Images
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Original choreography by Janine Fletcher, further development by Kate Evans & the Cast, including Typhaine Delaup, Eleni Papaioannou, Jo Dyer. Costumes by Holly Murray, Sound by Oliver Aylmer. With special thanks to Sheila Hanlon
Created & Produced by KP Projects CIC
Touring show development commissioned by