Blast Theory

Rider Spoke

Thursday 27 - Saturday 29 May

Festival Gardens

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Tickets: Pay What You Want: Free - £25

Cycle through the streets, searching for the perfect place to hide a secret. Ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places.

Rider Spoke invites you on a ride guided by a smartphone app with a narrator and a delicate score by Blanket. Think about the people in your life while you search for hiding places. Record messages and share them with strangers you will never meet. To cycle alone, in the evening, with no particular destination offers a rare freedom. Rider Spoke is an outdoor work, and begins at Festival Gardens, Chapelfield.

Rider Spoke premiered with a sold-out season at the Barbican in London and has since been shown in 20 cities worldwide.

Based in Brighton, Blast Theory create internationally celebrated experiences that explore how we connect with strangers and how technology shapes society.

Please note that those participating on bicycles need to wear a helmet to take part in Rider Spoke. We have a limited number of helmets available for you to borrow.

To take part, just bring your bike and a helmet and we’ll provide the rest. No bike? No problem. We’ve teamed up with Beryl, the bike share provider for Norwich to offer complimentary bikes.

Not a cyclist? You can also take part on foot, in a wheelchair or mobility scooter. See the Accessibility section on the right for details.

 

“A gloriously enlivening piece of theatre… the show’s greatest gift is that it manages to embrace the remorseless rush of the City while insisting on the individual’s ability to pierce it with quiet reflection.” Metro

“We are truly fortunate in this century, in the wired and anonymous city, to have rediscovered Aboriginal notions of songlines and Dreamtime, to explore with the aid of mobile technology a new form of strangely low-tech play. Rider Spoke was magical.” Icon

 

Important information

Venue: Festival Gardens

Age guidance: Age 16 +

Duration: C. 1 hour

Accessibility: Blast Theory have been working to make the experience accessible to everyone. You can find their full access FAQ here, or if you have specific access questions, please email Rachael at access@nnfestival.org.uk or call +44 (0)1603 877750.

 

You can take part on your bicycle, wheelchair, mobility scooter, alternative cycle or on foot. Personal assistants can accompany ticket holders free of charge – on request. Blast Theory can suggest a wheelchair accessible route for taking part, offer some assistive technologies including a large type device, and have a limited number of places where an assistant from the team can accompany you on foot.

Bikes

Please bring your own bike to take part in Rider Spoke. Don’t have a bike? We have teamed up with Beryl, the Bike share provider in Norwich to offer complimentary bikes for Rider Spoke. If you would like to use a Beryl Bike you’ll have the option of adding one after you’ve selected your tickets. You’ll also need to download the Beryl app from the Google Play or the App Store.

 

Before taking part in Rider Spoke you will have to agree to the following disclaimer

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Tickets

This event is Pay What You Want, the prices available to select from are:
Free, £5, £10, £15, £25

We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the event.

We encourage you to book digital, e-tickets to all the events you’re booking for this year.

Booking must be for one household or bubble for all in person events.

Read our full COVID safety policy here

Select a performance

Thursday

27 May

06:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

06:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

06:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

06:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

07:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

07:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

07:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

07:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

08:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

08:15 pm

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Thursday

27 May

08:30 pm

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Thursday

27 May

08:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Thursday

27 May

09:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

06:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

06:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

06:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

06:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

07:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

07:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

07:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

07:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

08:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

08:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

08:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

08:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Friday

28 May

09:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

06:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

06:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

06:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

06:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

07:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

07:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

07:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

07:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

08:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

08:15 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

08:30 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

08:45 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Saturday

29 May

09:00 pm

£0.00 - £25.00

Rider Spoke was developed in collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham, Sony Net Services and the Fraunhofer Institute as part of the European research project IPerG (Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming). Blast Theory is supported by Arts Council England.

 


Image by Alex Kershaw

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