I'll admit, when they said to me 'Hey up TR, we want you to review a play about Armstrong, Ullrich and Pantani at the Tour de France, it's in a disused warehouse in the West End and they're going to re-enact the Tour, but without any bikes…but with audience participation" "Uh-oh" was my first reaction.
Shows what I know, it was brilliant, an exhilarating, informative fact-packed Tour de Force. Anyone who's interested in the Tour won't fail to get something out of it…
You will believe that three men on chairs are Armstrong, Ullrich and Pantani battling it out for Tour glory. The amount and depth of information on offer at times might tip things over into the realms of cycle-geekery, but who cares: I'm a cycling geek. If you are one of those cycling racing fans who has already immersed themselves in the details of Tour history much of this might not be new, but even then the engaging manner of the play's presentation really brings it all to life.
The play is based around the stories of Marco Pantini, Jan Ulrich and Lance Armstrong and their quest to be the successor to the great Miguel Indurain, who won the Tour 5 times in a row. It accurately portrays the extreme efforts, sacrifices, speculation and risks that these athletes made to achieve their goal.
The stage is open layout where the actors are amongst the audience who become part of the set making the performance feel very engaging. You will be herded around the theatre space as if you were watching the main event. The actors improvise with parts of the set for their bicycles etc.
In 2 hours it manages to cram in 10 years of cycling history and anyone who has an interest in the Tour de France will love the attention to detail. It is a captivating piece of drama documenting a truly extraordinary period of road racing.
Brilliant! An exhilarating, informative fact-packed Tour de Force
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Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Anyone who's interested in a gripping story well told, especially if it's about the Tour de France
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Put together without use of a proscenium arch this is one of those new-fangled freer form theatrical productions - probably in contravention of UCI regulations
Directors Roland Smith, Jessica Brewster and Frances Loy and designer Sophie Mosberger have done a great job
As I say - you will believe that three men on chairs are jostling for the lead in the Tour de France
I'll remember it for a long time
Rides lighter than the material might suggest
All those Tour de France facts might make it less comfortable for some
£12 for a night out in the West End is pretty good going
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I came out knowing a lot more about the Tour in the mid-90s
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The amount I learnt and the imaginative staging
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? This is more of a one time experience
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if you're interested in the Tour de France go and see it
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