Beryl Burton MBE, OBE – twice World Road-race Champion, five times World Pursuit Champion – was never meant to cycle.
Aged 11, a serious illness left her with a weakened heart. Doctors warned against strenuous exercise for the rest of her life.
Aged 30, branded ‘the Yorkshire housewife’ and with no financial sponsorship, she became the first sportswoman in history to break a men’s competitive record.
Featuring a host of unforgettable characters and a great big dollop of Northern wit, Maxine Peake’s freewheeling play is the extraordinary true story of a woman who pushed at the limits, took on the status quo – and won.
Beryl ensures audiences are holding on tight to the handlebars before rushing off with zeal into the life of a woman who deserves to be better known
Maxine Peake's homage to a British cycling legend does not get out of first gear
Warm and gently humorous
It’s an energetic four-hander
This is a show full of energy and enthusiasm for the tale of an extraordinary woman that will leave you with a smile on your face
The story of the original rebel girl, told with passion, grit and triumphant joy