On Yer Bike is a cycling theatrical adventure across London, showcasing five exciting new pieces of work inspired by cyclists, bikes and #cyclinglife. On Yer Bike will take place on Sunday, 22nd September, and is a part of Theatre Deli’s Scratch Residencies Scheme and a co-production between William Orton and Theatre Deli.

Are you…

  • A cycle-enthusiast artist, who thinks that cycling is the best way to get across London?
  • A comedian, poet, or spoken word artist who would like to test cycling-specific material in front of a live audience?
  • A circus trained artist or dancer who’s exploring new performances related to bikes?
  • And are you looking to collaborate with four different companies to create a pop-up performance in Central London?

We are now accepting applications from theatre makers, companies and artists with a passion for cycling to create new pieces of work, and to get audiences excited about exploring and playing on the streets of London. If you have a story about cycling to tell, want to make theatre on bikes or even make theatre out of bikes, we want to hear from you.

Deli Scratches are an exciting new format of sharing the beginnings of fresh experimental work in a collaborative way. The process will include a residency week between 16-21 September, with a tech and performance on 22 September. 

As part of On Yer Bike you will be offered:

  • A mentored residency that will allow you to audience-test experimental ideas
  • 100% subsidised rehearsal space at Theatre Deli - The Old Library. All artists will be able to choose their own rehearsal times between 16th and 21st September.
  • Collaboration and networking with other artists
  • 10 to 15 minute sharing of your work in front of a welcoming audience.
  • Mentoring sessions with Theatre Deli’s Producer - pre, during and an evaluation session to soundboard and feedback about your work
  • Expenses grant of £50 per company/artist (we are currently waiting to hear back regarding sponsorship which will increase the expenses grant).
  • Collated audience feedback. Deli Scratches shows receive an average of 85% completed audience feedback forms that provide a valuable resource for future development.
  • Facilitation of research meetings with South London cycle shops and local bike mechanics.

We are particularly interested in application for underrepresented artists, including BAMER and LGBTQAI+ theatremakers. Previous experience of devising, interactive and/or immersive work is necessary for this project. 

How to Apply

Please read more about the Residencies below, and submit your application in either of the following methods:

  • a written application through this online form
  • Or if you’d prefer an alternative application method, please email us on [email protected] and we’ll send you information about video and other application methods.

Applications close on Friday 30th August, at 1pm.

The Venue

The Old Library in Burgess Park was built in 1903 as a public library and baths. This beautiful grade II listed building is a welcoming and safe space to create.

“Theatre Deli have created something that transcends space or venue.  They have built a very large, very warm, incredibly supportive theatre family… I'm grateful to the Deli Team for all of the artist support they offer, because it's that careful degree of thought, support, and forward-thinking that keeps this whole thing together.” - Kintsugi, 2-Week Residency of "Routes", which is currently under commission by Without Walls and The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.