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Eden clay trails host Don Quixote on 2 wheels

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 23, 2013

Burn the Curtain Theatre Company are producing Don Quixote on bicycles

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The world's largest indoor rainforest has teamed-up with a Westcountry theatre company to host a pedal-powered play.

The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle will take place at The Eden Project in Cornwall where both the actors – and the audience – will travel on bike as the story unfolds.

The promenade-style play, following the colourful and misguided escapades of Don Quixote, will take place in the landscape of the clay trails.

It will include an array of custom-designed bicycles. and audiences will also be able to decorate their bicycles and even turn them into their very own steeds. Nathan Hunkin, Clay Trails project coordinator at Eden, said: "We're really excited that people are getting the chance to experience the beauty of the clay trails in such and innovative and engaging way."

The show starts from the car park at the St Austell Printing Company and covers a distance of three miles at a gentle pace, ending at Eden.

The original 17th Century Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes' tells the story of an unlikely hero – an impoverished country gentleman who goes mad from reading too much and decides to put the world to rights by becoming a knight errant.

The book was an immediate success and recognised as one of the classic texts of Western Literature, revered by writers such as Sterne, Goethe, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Kafka and Melville.

The Eden Project has teamed up with Honiton-based theatre company Burn the Curtain to produce the play starting on Saturday.

Other performances will be on July 28, August 24 and August 25 at both 11am until 1pm and 3pm until 5pm.

The show is aimed at audiences of all ages and abilities, although people are advised to bring their own bike, suitable clothing and a helmet.

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