Beryl

Beryl by Maxine Peake

Thurs 25th April - Sat 18th May 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Actress and playwright Maxine Peake's critically acclaimed play uses a great dollop of Northern wit to bring to life the incredible and inspirational story of an ordinary Yorkshire Mum.

Still seen as 'the greatest sportswoman who ever lived', Beryl Burton faced more than up-hill cycling challenges in her struggle against poor health and the barriers faced by women in sports. But her remarkable story was largely forgotten - until now!

When Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but with the thrill and freedom she found on her bike. She would out-work the men in the rhubarb field, she could out-class the cyclists on the road and still time to knit young Denise a cycling jumper - though it wasn't meant to come down to her knees!

With husband and daughter at her side, the determined Beryl defied the world embarking on a journey that led to true sporting greatness. She dominated cycling throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, becoming five-time world champion and best British all-rounder for 25 consecutive years. And she still made it home in time for tea!

Directed by Marieke Audsley

Tickets £12-17.50

An ERT production.

From (L-R) Annie Kirkman, Tom Lorcan, Finlay McGuigan & Jessica Duffield.

 

 

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