This is the story of Josie, a passionate cyclist and self-confessed ‘image nerd’, who’s looking for love and connection. Josie is also affected by bipolar disorder. She aims to manage her illness by committing herself to long-distance cycling sportives instead of relying on medication. While Josie rides through the English countryside, she journeys across the landscape of her mind. Things may not go to plan….

Mountain High Valley Low blends live pedalling action and an immersive soundtrack by Conor OB. This project comes in two differently-sized packages: a simple yet emotionally rewarding mini-show (15 minutes), and a full-length show (currently in development) that also incorporates visual projections designed by artist Antonia Attwood for a rich jigsaw of image, sound and live performance.

Wishbone is collaborating with clinicians, careworkers and people affected by bipolar disorder at the South London and Maudsley Trust to create Josie’s fictional journey. The project started life as a pop-up performance in East London cycling cafes and then played  in its mini-form at Southbank Centre for both Changing Minds and Women of the World festivals, 2016.

Mountain High Valley Low mini-show is currently touring schools.

See the trailer

Read the article in Exeunt magazine


“Moving, powerful, gripping.”

“I was completely with the character and her journey (both physical and mental) throughout.”

“I have bipolar and I thought it was a superb piece of theatre that well captured what it is like to have bipolar.”