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Symphonie of the Bicycle

By Hew Parham

Season Finished
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

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Life is short, and the Tour de France is long.

Over 200 years ago a volcano erupts over Indonesia spreading an ash cloud all the way to Europe, to the home of inventor Karl Von Drais. When his beloved horse passes away due to the ash, Karl struck by a moment of inspiration devises a two-wheeled man-powered mode of transport, the humble bicycle.

Flash forward to the present day where we meet Hew, an aspiring cyclist stuck in a rut of dead-end jobs and missed opportunities. He harbours a pathological envy of his successful high school friend, Jake, now a professional cyclist. The story of Hew runs parallel with that of two-time Tour de France champion Gino Bartali, who risked his life during WWII to secretly transport documents to save Jewish people in Northern Italy. A chain of uphill battles, twists and turns leads to a most unlikely meeting on a mountain.

Written by and starring Hew Parham, this gem of a show weaves together a series of outrageous characters and stories across time and space in an absurdly hysterical, yet ultimately moving portrait of the quest for glory and heroism.

Directed by Adelaide legend Chris Drummond, Symphonie of the Bicycle is a funny, heartfelt show about cycling and obsession, envy, ambition, winning and losing, and finding the inner grit to dominate the mountain stages of life.


Extremely funny, poignant, emotionally raw and richly entertaining” – Glam Adelaide

Beautifully written, a deft mix of light and dark, with many amusing moments.” – The Advertiser

Hew Parham has the audience in the palm of his hand and holds them there.” – InDaily

Show Info

Contains coarse language.

If you wish to read detailed content notes, please download our “What to Expect” guide here. *Please note that this guide contains spoilers.

The production runs for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or would like to request more details about the content of this production, please email us at marketing@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Creative Team

  • Written by and Starring

    Hew Parham
  • Director

    Chris Drummond
  • Composer & Sound Designer

    Will Spartalis
  • Set, Costume & Lighting Design

    Wendy Todd
  • Associate Lighting Designer & Technical Operator

    Aaron Herczeg
  • Dramaturg

    Caleb Lewis


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Single Ticket Prices

Adult $65.00
Concession $55.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $35.00

Adult $75.00
Concession $65.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $35.00

All bookings incur an $9.25 transaction fee.
Visit the Ticket Price page for the full list of subscription and single ticket prices.

Access Performances

Wheelchair access & Companion Cards
Wheelchair accessible seats, companion cards and other accessible bookings can be made via phone on 08 8415 5353 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm), or via email at tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Visit the Access page for more information on our Access Program.


Seating Plan

View the standard seating plan for the Space Theatre (please note, this plan may not reflect the seating which will be in place for this production). For more detail, please contact our Ticketing team on 08 8415 5353 or tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Venue Access

This show will be performed at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

For more information visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.

For information about parking visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

Dining Options

Malt Shovel Taphouse
Located at the Adelaide Festival Centre at the end of the Adelaide Oval footbridge
Open Wednesday 3pm-11pm and Thursday – Sunday 11.30am-late

The Strathmore Hotel
Located 5 minutes from the Dunstan Playhouse at 29 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Open 7 days, 11am – 3am

Education Performances

For more information or to book education performances please click here.