Newhaven Blazing Saddles

The Show:  

Blazing Saddles is a unique outdoor performance telling the little known story of the moment bicycles first became widely available & women transformed their clothing to be able to ride.  

Evolving from a contemporary choreography, the show is a visual narrative, using movement, character & humour, clowning, costume & cake to to tell the story of a group of women caught up in the excitement & possibility of travel, freedom & independence.  

The show is performed in sequences along a short, slow ride or walk in locations between Newhaven Skatepark & Pumptrack, & The Sidings, including a 30 min picnic break.  Follow the route to watch the show or drop in a different locations – a map & timings available soon.

Perform in the Show

Come & participate in the show.  Gain a unique insight into the show’s choreographic structures, working outdoors & with communities, have lots of fun & develop a few skills on your bike.  The show is created with participants over the weekend of 8 & 9 September leading to the performance, initial info at this link –

More info on the overall project: 

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Blazing Saddles by Brighton based The Bicycle Ballet Co, created by Artistic Director Karen Poley & Choreographer Janine Fletcher, with costumes by Holly Murray, sound by Ollie Alymer, & performed by Kate Evans, Typhaine Delaup, Ella Fleetwood, Jo Dyer & Jo Gale.

The performance is presented as part of Sussex Blazing Saddles, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project exploring the impact of the bicycle on women from the 1890s -1928, when women eventually won the vote.  Also in September, the Sussex Blazing Saddles touring exhibition will be at Jubilee Library from 16-30 September.  The project is also supported by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Shared Purpose fund.