Martin Dockery made a splash at Ottawa Fringe last year, bringing his one man show, Wanderlust, to Arts Court Theatre and handily winning best of venue. This year, he brings another of his one man shows to Ottawa. The Bike Trip is the true story is Dockery’s recreation of history’s first true LSD experience.
Should you see it?
How did I describe Martin Dockery last year after seeing Wanderlust? Probably something along the lines of his being one of the most animated and energetic performers I’ve ever seen on stage.
That hasn’t changed. Even while spending a good part of the beginning of this show simply sitting on a chair, every move of his arms and legs, down to just his fingers, becomes a grand gesture. He does move from the chair, eventually even into the audience as he tells his story about what connects us all as humans – but we’ll get to that. The point of this paragraph is that Dockery continues to be one of the most animated and energectic performers I’ve ever seen on stage. More, he’s simply one of the most engrossing storyteller’s I’ve ever seen and I’m already sold on any show he brings within reach of me in the future.
So yes, this story is about LSD. Sort of. It stems from an idea Dockery once had to recreate the bike ride home that Albert Hoffman, the creator of LSD, took from work after first testing his new psychotropic (he didn’t know what it did at the time) on himself.
What The Bike Trip is really about is Dockery’s experiences with LSD and his belief that it connects us to, or reminds us of, what it is that connects us all as humans beings, spinning around space on this tiny rock.
Now, whether you believe in the power of LSD yourself or not, Dockery tells an entertaining, thought-provoking story (series of stories, actually) well worth listening to. It’s a 70 minutes that ends way too soon.