‘The Year of the Bicycle’ captures the relationship of two children from very different backgrounds who befriend each other over a wall. Skipping from the lightness of play to the dark borders of loneliness this is a play about people reaching out for one another.
When two estranged childhood friends, Amelia and Andile, fall into a concussion at the same moment they meet in each other’s confused minds. Their bodies are broken but their thoughts are very loud as they reach out for contact. While piecing together fragments of self their memories draw them back to 1997; the year of Ninja Turtles, learning to ride bicycles and R.Kelly's 'I believe I can fly'. The year when childhood naivety was first shot through with the pangs of childhood shame. And the year when their friendship was built up and broken down by a place in which it is impossible for even a child to feel at ease.
‘The Year of the Bicycle’ subtly negotiates the contrasts of growing up in post-apartheid South Africa: wealth and poverty, innocence and guilt, playfulness and fear, abundance and loneliness are all brought together in an ever-shifting mental landscape and bound by Amelia and Andile's searing need for contact.