Take a Spin Through Women's History with UNCW Presents and Thalian Hall

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UNCW Presents and Thalian Hall are proud to host Evalyn Parry's Spin, Starring the Bicycle at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 on the Thalian Hall Main Stage. In this show of music and theatre, Parry tells the story of how the bicycle changed the role of women in history. The performance is co-presented with the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Residency Activity and the UNCW Women's Studies and Resource Center.

Inspired in part by the true tale of Annie Londonderry - the first woman to ride around the world in a bicycle - Parry spins a web of stories that explores the 19th century women's emancipation, offering an insightful contemporary perspective on activism and liberation.

Within this performance, the bicycle is used not only as a subject of storytelling, but also a physical instrument. Parry leads her audience on a unique theatrical and musical journey, celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and vehicle of social change. The bike is played by a percussionist who conjures an astounding array of sounds on his "iron horse," creating a richly textured and utterly unique sonic accompaniment to Parry's songs and monologues.

Parry's hybrid of a show has been described as "part theatre, part spoken-word poetry, part documentary: whatever it is, it's brilliant" (Toronto Star). She has performed at various university and college campuses and other venues. Spin was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award and is currently touring internationally.

Thalian Hall will offer a free bike valet service and popcorn to attendees who ride their bike to the show. See for ticket prices and discounts. Tickets can be purchased through the Thalian Hall Box Office (910.632.2285) or online at

In addition to the Thursday night performance, Parry will give a free lecture, "Outrage!! Spoken Word and Songwriting as a Political Response to Gender Violence," at 9 a.m. on April 3 on the UNCW campus. Space is limited, RSVP to

Media Contact: Shane Fernando 910.962.7972