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Rider Spoke

presented by Blast Theory

Blast Theory - Rider Spoke


To cycle alone, in the evening, with no particular destination offers a rare freedom. Rider Spoke invites you on a ride in search of the perfect place to hide a secret. Think about the people in your life while you explore. Record messages and share them with strangers you will never meet. Ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places.

To take part, you are provided with a smartphone that mounts on your handlebars. Guided by a narrator and a delicate score by Blanket, you're invited to explore the city by bike (we also have a range of accessibility options for non-cyclists). Rider Spoke premiered with a sold-out season at the Barbican in London and has since been shown in 22 cities worldwide.

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

Full information to ensure you have the best experience enjoying Rider Spoke will be sent to you after booking but please note: 

  • We ask that you wear a helmet to take part in Rider Spoke.
  • If you do not have access to a bike we will have a small number of bikes available to use for Rider Spoke

We have a limited number of helmets and bikes available for you to borrow. If you will need to borrow a helmet or bike please email tickets@freedomfestival.co.uk after booking with your name and email address you booked with. Bikes generously supplied by R-evolution. 

R-evolution are a charity that aims to develop the skills of disadvantaged people in our local community through accredited training and soft skills development – focusing on mechanics and horticulture.

We refurbish donated cycles and put them back into the community through bike libraries, bike loans and affordable bike sales, we regenerate public gardens for the community to use and enjoy with our horticulture project, and we help develop trainees’ personal lives and soft skills to help them get to where they need to be.

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.




“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

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Access Information

We have tested Rider Spoke for use by audiences with diverse access needs. We welcome you to take part on your bicycle, wheelchair, mobility scooter, alternative cycle or on foot. We also offer some assistive technologies, suggested routes and additional assistance - including a free ticket for your personal assistant or buddy - on request. Please read the Access FAQs to find out more and contact the Ticket Office to book a ticket with additional assistance. For full T's & C's click here.

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