Drama details the scandal behind the Tour

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A controversial theatre performance documenting the drug taking scandals of the Tour de France is set to arrive in Sheffield at the start of next week.

The tragic tale Pedal Pusher will be performed in a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Theatre Delicatessen.

The docu-drama details the true story behind the struggles of three professional cyclists battling to become champion – Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich – from Armstrong’s fight with cancer to Pantani’s catastrophic crash. Following Armstrong’s admissions about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, the play has been extensively reworked since its first performance five years ago.

“We are now able for the first time to expose on stage the dark heart of the sport,” said Roland Smith, co-artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, and creator of Pedal Pusher.

Named one of Time Out’s Critics’ Choices of the year, the play will captivate its audiences.Theatre Delicatessen is a London group known for its performances in disused spaces. It will be performing at the university’s community artistic space at Furnace Park.

The Furnace Park Festival site is an abandoned urban wildspace now being regenerated and curated for the community by the University, with the aim of hosting diverse cross-disciplinary performances, exhibitions and collaborative projects. “Furnace Park has been transformed from a disused brownfield site, into a space where research, art and education can be brought together for the benefit of the community,’ said Dr Amanda Crawley-Jackson of the University of Sheffield and Furnace Park director.It’s the ideal site for a festival exploring Sheffield’s past, present and future, a city about to host such an eminent large-scale sporting event.”

Performances will be in the park in Doncaster Street, July 1-6 at 7.30pm (5.30pm Sunday, July 6). Tickets are £15 (£12 concessions). Bookings www.theatredelicatessen.co.uk

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