Beryl’s a Peake performance

A scene from Maxine Peake's play Beryl
A scene from Maxine Peake's play Beryl
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Actor Maxine Peake has made her stage writing debut, with a play celebrating one of cycling’s most influential women.

And it comes to Lowther Pavilion later this month.

The play Beryl chronicles the life and achievements of Yorkshire’s Beryl Burton, and received critical acclaim when it premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year.

Burton is hailed as the ‘greatest woman on two wheels’, taking five world pursuit champion titles, and becoming national champion 13 times, among other victories.

Beryl tells the story of her life, from working on a rhubarb farm to becoming the best British cycling all-rounder for 25 consecutive years and, in 1967, setting a 12-hour time-trial which has not been broken to this day.

A spokesman said: “With just four talented performers and their bikes, Beryl evokes a sporting world before drugs and commercial sponsorship, a family pulling together against the odds, the admirable camaraderie and selflessness of the amateur cycling community and, at the centre of it all, one truly remarkable woman.”

The play forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of touring, which sees 20 shows travel across the county during the next four months.

* Beryl, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Wednesday, September 23, 7.30pm. Call (01253) 794221 to book.