Simon Mole is a London-based poet, emcee, and theatre maker with an eye for the often overlooked in the everyday. His work is entertaining and accessible but remains rooted in a love for the craft of writing. Since becoming a Dad, Simon increasingly writes for young people. His first show for children and families was commissioned by the V&A and is touring in 2018 as part of Half Moon Presents.
Simon built his skills at the open-mics and battles of the Brighton hip hop scene, before moving to London in 2003. As one half of ‘Mole & Iris’ they released two well received mini-albums, the second of which, ‘Clouds’, was released in 2008.
As a solo performer, he has shared the bill with established artists such as Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke, and Kate Tempest, featuring at high profile events and venues such as Latitude Festival, Southbank Centre, and Waterstones Bookstore in Piccadilly. Simon also spent five years as the emcee in a ten piece live hip hop band playing at many festivals and venues across the country. In May 2012 he was a performing guest on a live broadcast of The Verb with Ian McMillan for BBC Radio 3.
He co-founded the Chill Pill Collective, curating, hosting and performing at hugely popular poetry nights at Soho Theatre, the Albany, and Roundhouse. Simon also co-leads the Keats’ House Poets Forum for City of London. Recent high-profile poetry residencies have seen him with the porters at Guys Hospital, with primary school children on the South Kilburn estate, and with teenagers at the Guildhall and for City of London. Commissioned poetry by Simon can now be found in all of these locations.
Simon’s groundbreaking one-man show ‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’ sold out two London runs, and toured nationally with a full participation project and residency as part of the package. Find out more about the project here: www.extrachair.co.uk
Since 2005, Simon has been regularly creating and facilitating custom made workshops for a wide range of clients, using emceeing, rapping and spoken word poetry as tools of creative self-expression. He has a vast amount of experience across the UK, working in schools, Pupil Referral Units, museums, prisons, and hospitals.
Simon takes a positive and inspirational approach and his work explores issues that are important to young people in a way that is accessible to them. For more information on workshops and projects, check out the Education page here.
Simon’s second show, No More Worries, toured nationally in 2015 – reaching over 1200 audience at 9 venues, including Latitude and Wilderness festivals, a 2 week run at the Albany, and 3 nights at Bush theatre as part of Radar Festival. More information here.
“A brilliant, funny production” – A Younger Theatre
To find out more or book Simon for live gigs, radio, or workshops contact: firstname.lastname@example.org