Hackney ghost bikes inspire a Clapton playwright

ghost bike: Eastern Curve Gdn Dalston Lane London E8 June 2013 © david.altheer@gmail.com

THE GHOST BIKE started to haunt the scene of cycle accidents in England in the mid-Noughties and now East London has far too many of these spectral white frames, dressed with fresh flowers to mark the spot where a cyclist has been killed.

They are imbued with poignancy. The America-originated and now-viral concept has inspired a Clapton woman to write The White Bike.

Tamara von Werthern says it is a play “about a young woman who is killed in Kingsland Road on her way to work one morning and finds herself on her ghost bike having to come to terms with the fact that she is dead and has to say goodbye to her husband and young child”.

The Arcola Theatre gave the play a workshop production and she is working on co-producing The White Bike with director Oliver Rose.

She says: “I am building up a Twitter following to spread the word about the production and how people can help to support us.

“We are working with the charity Road Peace to raise funds both for them and a production of the play.”

Hamish Scott 041213

* Main picture shows the ghost bike that was moved from the nearby Dalston Junction to opposite the CLR James Library.

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