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Cycling actors who pedalled 2,000 miles scoop Edinburgh Fringe award (+ video)

Quartet who towed costumes, props and scenery on nationwide tour recognised for sustainable practice

Four actors between them playing 40 characters from two Shakespeare plays have won this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award – after riding a total of 2,000 miles between venues on a tour of England and Scotland that included performing Macbeth and Comedy of Errors at the Scottish capital’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

The HandleBards – Callum Brodie, Tom Dixon, Callum Cheatle and Paul Moss – concluded their nationwide tour yesterday evening, in which they hauled all their props, set, costumes and camping gear on bikes supplied by Luv Handles Bike Boutique – with a performance of Macbeth at London’s Middle Temple Gardens.

On the way, they performed at venues including HMS Unicorn in Dundee, Harewood House near Leeds to coincide with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outside playing space The Dell in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Quoted on Energy Live News, Moss said of the award:  “This is such a great honour. We’ve cycled 2,000 miles, slept in tents for three months and performed 60 shows to over 5,000 people. And, not even a single puncture.”

Here’s a video from earlier this year in which The HandleBards talk about their tour, which is estimated to have saved 45.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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