The Blood Bikers find themselves at the epicentre of strange times. They have humanity down as a rapidly growing, interconnected constellation; a wealth of ideas, surprises and potential. They also see that life is becoming too fast paced to make crucial connections that bind people together. Like an overworked, stressed nervous system these vital bonds are fraying. They are using ‘blood stories’, the substance that connects us all, to get to the core of who we are, and what unites us – to redefine our global, and local, communities.

Find our roaming performance team, the Blood Bikers, as they bike between the Safehouses and Copeland Gallery, stopping to gather stories, share messages, and stage ideas inspired by blood. They will perform short stories, create unique interactions and offer you a chance to find out your blood type!

On their journeys through London, the Blood Bikers will collect a stream of stories to exchange between strangers who are connected by their ability to share blood.

Do you know your blood type? Do you have a story about blood?

BLOOD BIKERS STORY BANK OPENING TIMES
Saturday: 2pm-10pm
Sunday: 2pm-7pm

Performance times: 2-3pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm

Blood Bikers was informed by:

Dr Tim Maggs, Haematologist and Blood Transfusion Laboratory manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Dr Isabel Valli,  Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.  and psychiatry consultant in early intervention services within the South London And Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Linda Barber, King’s College London, Senior Lecturer in Leukaemia Immunology at the Division of Cancer Studies, King’s College London.

Blood Bikers are:

Amelia Parillon

Credits; Stage: Everything by my Side (Latitude and Lift Festival 2016), Merchant of Venice (ELSC), Jailbyrds (Immersive Physical Theatre). Screen: Goodbye Letter (Film), Housemates (WebSeries), The Job Lot (ITV)

Gaël le Cornec

Gaël’s theatre credits includes the RSC, Secret Cinema, ENO, The Globe, CASA, StoneCrabs Theatre and the one-woman shows The last days of Gilda, Camille Claudel, Frida Kahlo: Viva La vida! and The Other. Also a writer and director, she received the following awards for her work: Three Weeks Editors Choice, International Press Award, Amnesty International Shortlist, Ideas Tap Innovation In Theatre and Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence. www.gaellecornec.com

Miguel H Torres Umba

Miguel is an Actor, director and physical theatre performer. His work spans theatre, carnival arts, choreography, puppetry, and immersive theatre. He works regularly with Secret Cinema as Performance Director, and most recently as an Associate Creative Director,  Miguel is an Associate creative Director at Mandinga Arts and runs his own Theatre company, Blackboard Theatre.

 

Designer

Kirsty Harris makes immersive worlds and experiences in found environments, landscapes and theatres. She has worked with companies including Wildworks, Kneehigh, Punchdrunk, Shunt, Coney, and Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and has been commissioned to make her own work for BAC, Southbank Centre, The Discover Centre, National Theatre Wales, The National Trust, The Wilson Gallery Cheltenham and other organisations. www.khmakesthings.co.uk

Director

Ben Samuels is the Artistic Director of Norwich-based Limbik. He co-created and performed their first two shows, The Harbour and Ghost Town, and directed their recent productions The Messenger (based on interviews with nurses who work organ donation cases) and The Forecast (a dystopian snapshot inspired by George Saunders’ “The Semplica Girl Diaries”).  He has performed in streets, theatres, village halls, private homes and pop-up diners with Nutkhut, Likely Story, Barnstorm, Theatre of Europe, Fix & Foxy, and Lemonade & Laughing Gas.

Blood Bikers is supported by:

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