Gabrielle Scawthorn - THE VILLAGE BIKE (c) John Marmaras

Photo by John Marmaras

Cross Pollinate Productions in association with Red Line Productions is thrilled to present the Sydney premiere of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike for a limited season at the Old Fitz Theatre from June 7.

Becky is pregnant and frustrated. Her husband is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter sends her speeding downhill towards reckless abandon.

From the brilliant mind of playwright Penelope Skinner – described as Britain’s “leading young feminist writer” (The Independent) — The Village Bike premiered at London’s Royal Court in 2011, where it had a sell-out, twice-extended run. It was the winner of the 2011 George Devine Award and won Skinner the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Provocative, hilarious and absolutely crucial, Rachel Chant (Leaves, When the Rain Stops Falling) directs a brilliant cast including Gabrielle Scawthorn (Ride and Fourplay, Hurt), Benedict Wall (Home and Away, You Will Not Play Wagner), Sophie Gregg (Deathtrap, Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door), Rupert Reid (Blue Heelers, Julius Caesar), Kate Bookallil (Closer, The Letdown) and Jamie Oxenbould (The Literati, Dapto Chaser) in the Sydney premiere of The Village Bike, a darkly comic twist on presumptions about sexuality and pornography.


Presented by Cross Pollinate Productions in association with Red Line Productions
Written by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Rachel Chant
Production Design by Anna Gardiner and Martelle Hunt
Sound Design and Composition by Nate Edmonson
Lighting Design by Hartley Kemp
Stage Management by Lillian Hannah U
Production Management by Shell McKenzie
Assistant Direction by Joel Horwood
Accent/Dialect Coaching by Linda Nicholls-Gidley
With Kate Bookallil, Sophie Gregg, Jamie Oxenbould, Rupert Reid, Gabrielle Scawthorn, Benedict Wall

Sponsored by Norton Crumlin and Associates

Venue: Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Cnr Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo
Season: 7 June – 8 July
Times: Tues-Sat 8:15pm, Sunday 6:30pm
Running Time: 140 minutes (including interval)
Price: $42 Adult, $35 Concession, $30 Previews and Cheap Tuesday

 *The New Fitz play Tongue Tied by Clare Hennessy and inspired by The Village Bike will play 27 June – 8 July, directed by Jessica Arthur. Shows start at 6:30pm Tues-Sat and at 4:30pm on Sun and run for approximately 40mins with no interval. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit