Written by Maxine Peake Beryl celebrates the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton.
It was 1954 when Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton. In those days they cycled in clubs and once Beryl started she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom found on two wheels. Beryl was better than good, she was the best and she was determined to stay that way.
Five times world pursuit champion, thirteen times national champion, twice road-racing world champion and twelve times national champion. Her accolades include time trials, former world record holder, former British record holder, numerous sports awards an MBE and an OBE. Beryl Burton was one of the most astonishing sports people ever to have lived - but with her down to earth, no-nonsense approach to life and to success, she remains a mystery.
To celebrate Yorkshire's role in the Yorkshire Festival 2014, this is a specially commissioned adaptation from Maxine Peake's acclaimed 2012 Radio 4 play and marks her stage writing debut.
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Women in Sport Panel event
Monday 30 June, 6pm
In association with British Cycling the
Playhouse present a panel event to discuss, critique and ask
questions of women's role in sport today.
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'Women in cycling: A journey of
Opening on Monday 30 June is a striking photography exhibition 'Women in cycling: A journey of inspiration' curated by British Cycling. This exhibition highlights just some of the remarkable achievements made by cyclists from the UK. This exhibition is free.
On Saturday 5 July Leeds will be hosting the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. This will be a great day to be in Leeds amongst all the celebrations, but we are aware of a number of major road closures in and out of the city. We advise all audience members coming to see the shows that day to consider their travel arrangements in advance. Please refer to the council's website for further details; http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Road-Closures.aspx. There will be no direct access to the Playhouse for most of the day, we are therefore advising patrons with access requirements to contact the Box Office directly to discuss any issues this raises in further detail.