Scary Bikers. Written and directed by John Godber.

A new comedy about life, love and staying on your bike!

When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet at a bereavement group, they thought they’d found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe could test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!

Starring the double BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning partnership of John Godber and Jane Thornton, whose feature film Last Laugh was released October 2017.



‘Godber and Thornton are a delicious duo, both their natural chemistry and well-timed lines are endearing.’

A Younger Theatre


The Reviews Hub



‘Godber has a gift for evoking a whole world through a single line’

The Guardian


‘Godber’s refreshing comedy paints a picture of ordinary lives carrying on among the Brexit shambles’
The Stage


‘This is the best play I’ve seen, by far, on Brexit and why people voted Leave — give yourself a treat and go and see it.’

The Times


‘The chemistry between the two actors was clear, and they manage a feat that many of us couldn’t – both living with and working with their spouse! The comedy in Godber’s writing is perfectly relevant, and provokes an important discussion about the state of British politics, and the sense in believing politicians.’

West End Wilma


‘its beautifully-crafted characters may very well fade away along with its political message. Either way, Godber invites us to consider our own position, as both people and voters, regardless of what camp we fall into: remain (you’ll want to stay in your seat until the end) or leave (with a smile printed firmly on your face).’

London Theatre1


‘the play still remains an easy to follow comedy that doesn’t force, or require any opinions on that particularly divisive matter. If anything, it will make a miserable day better, and show that even in dark days one can discover joy.’

Theatre Weekly


‘But the real velocity comes from the performances. Godber gets the laughs ever time with his gruff but profound portrayal and Thornton brings a beautiful arc as Carol grows and escapes the fear and anxiety which sat upon her. Ultimately, if a play which keeps mentioning Brexit can make you laugh, it’s a good’un in my books.’

The Spy in the Stalls


‘Overall, a gentle but very funny and entertaining evening. Highly recommended.’

Everything Theatre


‘Of course, acting is much easier if the script is as tight as this one, barely a word unrequired and with pauses and looks as eloquent in their storytelling as any jibe or rejoinder.’

Broadway World


‘Having complained last week that the National Theatre has missed a substantial trick by failing to rustle up a topical drama addressing the long-brewing current crisis, it’s a relief to report that elsewhere in town Yorkshire playwright John Godber, 62, has delivered at least some of the goods.’

The Telegraph

‘If you are a big fan of experimental theatre or unintelligible existentialism, this evening out will not be to your taste. Instead, Scary Bikers is an archetypal John Godber play, offering many laughs, some sharp political satire and good, old-fashioned, heart-warming entertainment with a Yorkshire twang.’

British Theatre Guide

‘the acting is superb – moving, heart-warming and heart-breaking’
Northern Soul

‘his writing is as sharp as ever’
Yorkshire Post


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