Past Tours

Our very first cycle tours here in the UK happened in the summer of 2007 when an intrepid group of cyclists decided to see if this whole ‘changing the world through theatre’ malarky would work here in the UK.

In 2008, first-ever full length Otesha UK tours took to the road. The Deep South and Wild West teams took to the road, conquering hills in the southwest of England and the Midlands & Wales respectively. Along the way, they performed the shiny new Morning Choices play to about 2,500 people, ran loads of workshops and perfected their banana dance.

In 2009, three teams of cyclists hopped on their saddles and embarked on an adventure. The Wild West Redux tour pedalled across the lush hills of Wales, the East Coast tour sped across the flat as a pancake but oh-so-windy flats of East Anglia and the Caledonian Road tour took to the Scottish highlands. These groups transformed tupperware rapping to a high art form and left a trail of wallets made from recycled tetra-paks in their wake.

In 2010 Otesha went for the big one – a team of 13 cycled End to End – from Lands End to John O Groats. They took the scenic route – taking their play and workshops to schools and communities across the UK and covering a total of around 1350 miles!

2011 saw Northern Soul spread positive, practical actions, and a flurry of tetra pak wallets across Northern England, whilst Tartan Trail tackled the Scottish hills to inspire and excite Southern Scotland with fairtrade fun and bike maintenance know how.

At Otesha, we believe change is good – and so we tried something new and organised a food themed tour – Tastetastic!┬áTour members focussed on food issues, visiting organic farms for learning exchanges and visiting schools with food themed workshops. It seemed to work, with record numbers of tour members taking the bite – so much so we needed to arrange 2 tours to cope with demand. Meanwhile, Western Quest took the traditional, time tested tour format complete with play across the South West.