Isabella’s Story Bicycle

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Isabella Necessity on her Story Bicycle – A pedal pushing storyteller

Isabella is a bicycling botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with the people that she meets along the way. Isabella has flown with the blue butterflies of Brazil in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, outwitted trolls in the fjords of Norway, learnt Kung-Fu on the Mountain of Kunyu and rested in a robin’s nest on Dartmoor. 

With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome bicycle called Dilys, Isabella will whisk you away to another world. The Story Bicycle has been inspired by Japanese Kamishibai, or ‘Paper Theatre’, and Isabella’s next adventure is to go to a blossom party in Japan in spring 2017. 

Isabella travels to fairs and festivals, streets, markets and fields, indoor and outdoor events all around the country. Most recently seen at the Eden Project, Sting in the Tale Storytelling Festival, Port Eliot Literary Festival, Nottingham Riverside Festival and Hastings Storytelling Festival. Working with event organisers she finds the best way forward for each new occasion.

Watch Isabella’s adventure in the Amazon rainforest here, where nothing is what it seems.


“Isabella’s Story Cycle was an enchanting, captivating and intricate piece of performance that worked beautifully in the surroundings of the Eden Project as part of our story and puppetry weekend.” Marion Harrison, Eden Live Project Lead

“Everyone loved your storytelling, the nana’s and toddlers were leaning forwards on the edge of their straw bales to hear your every word.” Maya’s 60th party

“The children adored your story telling – I had so many pupils say how much they enjoyed the stories. I loved watching their faces as you told the tales – they were totally transfixed.” East Coker Primary School.

“It was wonderful to meet Isabella and Dilys, we all thoroughly enjoyed your performances.” Sting in the Tale Storytelling Festival.


  • Family friendly, something for everyone to enjoy
  • Static show or rideabout/ walkabout 
  • Shows from 10 to 60 minutes long
  • No technical requirements 
  • Suitable for intimate performance and audiences of around 50 people
  • Member of Equity and Society for Storytelling –  public liability insurance – DBS certificate

Workshops – Creative and educational workshops

Contact Isabella – and follow her on Twitter @IsabellaCycle

Thanks to Arts Council England and The Sasakawa Foundation for their kind support.

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