Indiana Jones & the extra chair

I have now sold out two London runs of my spoken word theatre show, a full length family-themed piece that follows our hero Mike as he faces his greatest challenge yet – meeting his mum’s new boyfriend!

“one of the most groundbreaking spoken word shows I have seen”
Russell Thompson, Apples & Snakes London Co-ordinator

The first events took place in late 2010 in a traditional English pub, and had an informal ‘family gathering feel’ – as well watching the show, guests shared their own memories of family get togethers over a ‘buffet supper’.

In early 2012, I received an Arts Council grant to collaborate with site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk and create a full participation project and residency around the show at the Albany, Deptford.

“extremely funny, moving and well observed.”
Aoife Mannix


With the support of Apples and Snakes, we collaborated with café staff and a group of 15 young writers to collect stories, rhymes and recipes with which to transform the café space. Some of these participants were involved in the events themselves, serving food with poetic memories, or performing their own original family-themed writing as they guided guests on a tour of the building. Check out the slide show below:


‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’ will be touring nationally as a residency/participation project/show package from autumn 2012. For more information contact: or

See for pictures of the first events, and for the full project blog of the touring residency.

Quotes about the show:

“The residency was a joy to have at the Albany, involving staff, customers, and young poets on a daily basis, exploring the potential of underused parts of the building, and creating a truly memorable experience at the final events”
Gavin Barlow, Chief executive, the Albany

“One of the very best performances I have seen in recent years; excellent storytelling, with a warmth of delivery, a beautiful use of set pieces and a rare sharpness of observation.”
Musa Okwonga, poet

“I liked the way it was written because I could connect to and feel like I really understood it, almost like I was there with the characters.”
Female audience member, aged 14

“Meeting the other audience members and the table hosts was brilliant!”
Male audience member, aged 24.

“Brilliant. None of the more stuffy and elitist elements of performance poetry which often put me off from attending similar events.”
Male audience member, 28

Quotes from participating Young Writers at the Albany:

“Massive confidence boost – I’m not so afraid to show people my work and perform in public, in fact I actively want to show people my work and perform in public now. Simon really helped develop my writing skills and helped me understand how to structure a piece and improve it.”

“The whole process really helped me to think about poetry, putting a show together from start to finish, working with others – I really enjoyed meeting other people, hearing other styles of poetry from other types of performers.”