A team of bikers drawn from across the entertainment technology industry recently undertook a sponsored eight-day motorbike tour of UK theatres. The First Night Riders (including, L to R, Simon Nicholls, Brenda Edelstein, David Edelstein, Bill Sapsis, Chris Higgs, Mike Cucciare and Iain Gillie) raised more than £10,000 for The Theatrical Guild (TTG) during a tour that took them to venues in England, Wales and Scotland.
David Edelstein, MD of Triple E and co-organiser of the event with wife Brenda, commented: "We set out from the National Theatre [on 5 June] following a hearty breakfast. In total, we rode over 1600 miles and on the way visited 16 fascinating and unique theatres. We've been welcomed by some wonderfully hospitable and generous theatre staff and are hugely grateful for all the brilliant support we received everywhere. Sponsorship came from all sectors of the entertainment industry and we certainly couldn't have done it without them."
On the road with David Edelstein were Rob Barnard, Al Parkinson, Neil Collins, Charles Haines, Darrell Hewitt, Chris Higgs, Simon Nicholls, Michael Powell, Jack Tilbury, Sarah Rushton-Read, Mike Cucciare and Bill Sapsis.
Iain Gillie, executive producer from The Curve, Mark Cunningham from Audio Bull, and Canford Audio's sales and marketing director, Dave Holloway, joined the ride along the way. Stephen Pennington, Brenda Edelstein and Karen Nicholls, administrator of The Theatrical Guild, accompanied by Robert Hamilton and Scott Miller from Canada, drove the chase cars.
Speaking to PSN-e, David Edelstein confirmed details of next year's event: "The 2011 ride will start in London on Saturday 18 June 2011, and finish on Friday 24 June. Next year the ride visits new regions, including East Anglia, and is planning on a trip to the Isle of Man."
Anyone interested in getting involved in the 2011 event is invited to visit the First Night Riders stand at PLASA next month. In the meantime, find out more about this year's journey on the blog (first link below), while those in a generous mood can still sponsor riders (second link).