National Theater Company of KOREA

[청소년극] 자전거도둑헬멧을쓴소년 Poster

Boy with Bicycle Thief Helmet

21 Nov, 2019~ 15 Dec, 2019

  • Venue

    The Theater Pan 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 19:30 ㅣWeekends 15:00ㅣNo performance on Tuesday

  • Tickets


  • Duration

    70 mins

  • Enquiry


  • Language Korean


    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over

* Please ensure you arrive 30mins before the program time. The box office can be busy and you may need to queue.

* We will endeavor to admit latecomers at the first suitable opportunity, which may be the interval. For some Events late admission cannot be guaranteed.

* Re-entry is mostly NOT allowed. In an exceptional case of re-entering, you may be seated in alternate seat locations to avoid disruption of the performance.

* The discount on tickets will only be available when presented with the necessary papers or documents. Tickets have to be paid in full when they are not presented.

If I run and run, how far will I go?






Their tangled emotions glide across the stage!

We live in an age when ‘YouTuber’ is one of the most desired careers among youths, and teenage YouTubers purchase luxury houses.

Yet, sweet dreams are crushed by bitter realities. A part-timer without a proper employment contract must work graveyard shifts at a convenient store, and if he gets hurt while on duty, he will soon be fired by a text message.

Trapped in blind spots in society—unnoticed or ignored by grown-ups—are teenagers, whose concerns and tangled emotions glide across the stage under the sharp gaze of the director Yoon Hansol






Park Wansuh’s The Bicycle Thief has been a bestseller for 30 years.

In 2019, Sunam rides a motorbike instead of a bicycle.


Previously, Sunam became frightened after stealing a bicycle. In 2019, Sunam in A Boy in a Bicycle Thief’s Helmet works as a delivery boy at a fried chicken joint, so that he can make money to buy luxury goods.

However, when he gets into a motorbike accident, he ends up with a huge repair bill that wrecks everything. He has no other choice now. The only way out is to steal the motorbike held as security for the repair fees. 


* This production is an adaptation of The Bicycle Thief by Park Wansuh.


I run and run.

It’s exciting have such a fast motorbike.


I run and run. Then I become scared of running.

Please don’t leave. Just tell me all is well.


If I run and run, how far will I go?



Original novel: The Bicycle Thief by Park Wansuh

Park Wansuh debuted as a novelist in 1970 with the publication of her work The Naked Tree in the magazine Woman Dong-A. One of Park’s most notable works, The Bicycle Thief sheds light on the immorality present in the rapidly modernized Korean society during the 70s where men seek material benefits only. This message, made transparently clear through the teenage protagonist Sunam, leads us to reflect upon our own lives. Since its first publication in 1979, the novel has been a steady bestseller in the YA category.


Adapted by Kim Yeon-ju

Kim Yeon-ju majored in theater directing at the Korea National University of Arts, and currently works across various media. Her work on A Boy in a Bicycle Thief’s Helmet began with a search for a new desire that Sunam might have in 2019. That desire may seem simple, but it is propelled by his hope of a better tomorrow. Dreaming of a bright future, Suman puts on a helmet and engages in physical labor. Kim’s aim is to reveal the reality of youth labor, not to mention what Sunam faces within that reality. The question is, does Sunam’s labor take him where he wants to go?


Directed by Yoon Hansol

As a member of the 5th group of No. 1 Hyewha-dong, Yoon Hansol has established his own unique theatrical world using an extraordinary imagination.

He raises complex questions as well as topics for conversation—such as war and peace and co-existence of mankind. His works put forward social messages, while at the same time pursuing aesthetic completeness.

Yoon currently serves as Executive Director of Greenpig and Professor at the Korea National University of Arts (School of Drama).

To him, theater for young people poses an exciting new challenge. The vividness of his perspective once again manifests itself in A Boy in a Bicycle Thief’s Helmet, thereby inviting us to explore issues that we failed to see or consider before.


Major works

The Way of Storytelling, the Way of Dancing-Byeongsin Chum

Pasqueflower Bar Grandmother Said She’d Give Me Melon Seeds

Teh Internet Is Serious Business


Illicit Love

Young Fucidin





The 18th Kim Sangyeol Theater Award (2016)

The 34th Seoul Theater Festival: Young Theatremaker of the Year Award (2013)

The 5th Korea Theater Award: Best Play (2012)

The 2nd Doosan Artist Award in Theater (2011)