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When one thinks of "bicycle" at the Adelaide Fringe, images of clowns and busking jugglers in large open spaces with dynamic and interactive crowds spring to mind. So when the brochure talked about a play in Adelaide's historic Treasury Tunnels, the mind went blank. Bicycle is a new play by Danielle Baynes which is produced by the Sydney theatre company Lies, Lies and Propaganda in association with the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Danielle is an Acting graduate from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts who has produced and appeared in numerous productions across Australia and the United Kingdom.
Danielle stars in the main role of a young Englishwoman in the 19th Century who meets a man with beady eyes and a pointed nose who gifts her a bicycle. With lust transforming in to love at first sight and a desire to satisfy her inner ambitions, she sets forth in this gothic tale of fear, courage and curiosity and takes her first ride to visit the Transylvanian Count who gifted her the bicycle.
Danielle holds the audience throughout whilst playing the three key roles of the young woman, the Count, and the father who is at odds to understand the changed and irrational behaviour of his beloved daughter. With poise and splendour the rapid interchange of voice between characters is pulled off remarkably with the naked ear being unable to ascertain that the voices have come from the same mouth.
Adding drama to the show is Pip Dracakis, a young and talented violinist whose strings and occasional voice give rise to the intense mood swings of Danielle. This drama is magnified by the intimate and cosy surrounds of the Treasury Tunnels, a unique underground setting for a play that facilitates the cold and gothic environment and when combined with the mood-setting lights creates a atmosphere that adds further to the drama.
But the star of the show is the bicycle. From a metal contraption whose purpose to satisfy a passion, the bicycle slowly falls apart with each of the broken pieces reflecting the deteriorating life being led by Danielle against a rising tide of Victorian-era male domination.
Bicycle is on at the Treasury Tunnels under the Adina Apartments Hotel on Flinders Street. The show is on from 24-28 February and 2-3 March at 7pm and 9pm on weekdays, and 2pm and 7pm on weekends. Tickets cost between $18 and $25 and are available from FringeTIX or by contacting 1300 621 255.