This summer, catch something extraordinary in Cecelia Ravine Park
Kim Perkins, editor
For the last two years, something extraordinary has been growing in the Cecelia Ravine. If you were travelling along the Galloping Goose Trail in the summer of 2009 or 2010, you might have glimpsed a stilt-walker traipsing the Tom Arkell Trail or happened upon a group of elaborately decorated bikes clustered around a comedian in the amphitheatre at Selkirk Green Park.
Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride is a unique production that features short theatre performances staged along Victoria’s Galloping Goose Trail. Guests travel by bike in small groups and take in a variety of theatre performances in natural outdoor venues. The route spans 4km on the Galloping Goose Trail from Victoria West to Saanich and includes natural and constructed venues such as the Tom Arkell Trail and a patio in the Railyards.
The event hub is in Cecelia Ravine Park, near the Burnside Gorge Community Centre. Guests can purchase tickets, decorate their bikes and enjoy surprise performances while preparing for their tour. Tours depart every 20 minutes; each tour includes three 10 minute performances located in three different venues. You can expect a tour to take approximately 45 minutes. A ticket is good for up to four tours in one day or a 2-day ticket will allow you to come back and take in the rest of the action.
“There are no escorts to get you to the venue, just a map. Guests go on a treasure hunt to find a venue,” explains Matthew Payne, Artistic Producer for Theatre SKAM and brain-child behind the Bike Ride. “There is a delightful feeling to the unknown.”
The tours are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Last year the youngest rider rode to the first show on a little pink bicycle with training wheels and rode in a child’s seat for the rest of the event. The oldest rider travelled by electric scooter.
Don’t have a bike? That’s ok. A small number of bikes are available for rent at the hub and Selkirk Station, where you can also rent bikes, is not far away. Electric scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are also welcome.
The concept of the Bike Ride was dreamed up by Payne who cycles the Goose and saw potential in the natural theatres and varied landscapes
along the Trail. The venues challenge performers to create shows that play off of their surroundings. For Payne, the Bike Ride is a natural fit for a city that has already embraced cycling and theatre. He gets excited when new people discover live theatre through the event.
Because summer is the time when many professional actors return to the city, you can expect the quality of performances to be topnotch. If you’re fortunate enough to have already discovered Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride, you won’t be surprised to learn that this year’s event has some impressive new additions. Payne promises that this year’s event will be “a little more extraordinary” than in previous years. They have added three new venues and are hosting an outdoor concert at the hub in Cecelia Ravine Park at 6pm each night of the event.
Many of those that have already discovered the event are already planning to return. Payne says, “It’s been great for us to have been embraced
by the Burnside Gorge community who have discovered the show.”
Theatre SKAM Bike Ride
Cecelia Ravine Park
Saturdays and Sundays July 9-10, 16-17 (weather permitting)
Performances starting at 3:30pm and every twenty minutes thereafter until 6:30pm
Concert in the park: 6pm
Tickets: $15 1-day adult, $25 2-day adult, $5 children, kids under 10 are free
Available at the event hub or by calling 250-590-6291
More info at skam.ca
Win tickets to Theatre SKAM's Bike Ride! Complete Burnside's online program survey by July 7 for your chance to win two tickets to Bike Ride. Tell us what programs you want to see at the community centre.
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