Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Brighton Dome
Friday, November 1, 2013
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UE
Every family meal needs a hero, especially this one. You’re invited to join Mike for dinner and drinks as he prepares for the toughest adventure of his life: meeting his mum’s new boyfriend. What would Indy do?
Sit down for a light meal with spoken word artist Simon Mole and a troop of emerging Brighton poets in this fun and original performance, peppered with memories, rhymes and recipes gathered during a residency at Brighton Dome and Audio Active.
In association with Apples and Snakes
If you are 14 – 19, you can join the residency, take part in writing and performance workshops with Simon, and be part of the show. £50 per person for 6 workshops
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre
Monday, October 14, 2013
London, UK SE1 8XX
Simon Mole's ground-breaking one man show is a spoken word adventure that takes place over the evening meal.
Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is twenty-three years old but still asks 'what would Indy do?' at times of crisis, and it's crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum's.
His crumbling love-life is colliding with his heroic fantasy world and the consequences move from hilarious to heart-breaking. Join our hero round the table for his toughest adventure yet, meeting his mum's new boyfriend.
The show is touring nationally as a residency project throughout 2013. This eye-catching collaboration with critically acclaimed site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk takes spoken word performance in an exciting new direction, with Simon's brilliantly crafted poetic story at the core of a full evening of immersive entertainment.
And you get dinner!
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ ARC, Stockton
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Stockton TS18 1LL.
Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is 23 years old but still asks ‘what would Indy do?’ at times of crisis, and it’s crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum’s. His crumbling love-life is colliding with his heroic fantasy world and the consequences move from hilarious to heart-breaking. Join our hero round the table for his toughest adventure yet, meeting his mum’s new boyfriend!
Simon Mole’s groundbreaking show is back in the North East, and to spice things up he’s brought along acclaimed site-specific theatre director, Peader Kirk. The two will be at ARC throughout January, working with a troop of the region’s finest young and emerging writers. This all action cast will play a key role on the big day too, peppering the occasion with their own memories, rhymes and recipes…
Join the adventure and enjoy dinner and drinks at the most anticipated family gathering of the year…
Tickets for these shows include food, but are limited so early booking is advised.
Being made to feel welcome is important, and when I went to Newcastle to run for the first workshops on the north east leg of the ‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’ tour that was certainly the case…
First up, my mate Mark met me at the station and drove me via the beer shop to his house, where his partner had prepared us a mighty pasta feast (with home-made pesto no less!) – they continued to feed me like an absolute king all weekend, including home-made soup on saturday lunch and a packed lunch box of leftover pie from the night before to take with me for the train home on Sunday. Quality stuff. Cheers guys.
Saturday was the first time I’d been to Live Theatre, and straight away I was impressed by the location on the quayside, and by the building itself…
Walking through the front door I was greeted by this sign, and then soon after met by Rachel from juice festival and Laura from New Writing North – I’d been chatting to these guys on phone and email for ages so it was great to finally meet them in person. The welcome party was made completed by the arrival of Kirsten from Apples and Snakes, and also by the presentation of my Juice Festival ‘welcome pack’. These guys know how to do what they do properly!
The young writers soon started to arrive as well, and then it was up to the studio to get started – not without stopping to check out this awesome view from the third floor…
The whole building immediately has the feel of somewhere you know you will get good creative work done, and that very much proved to be the case for the participants over the weekend – each one of them came up with a quality draft of a piece inspired by one or some or all of the themes of family, food, and heroes. You can keep up to speed with the project as it develops on here…
Thursday 4th October was National Poetry Day, and by happy accident also the final event for Indiana Jones & the extra chair residency project I had been running with director Peader Kirk for Warwick Words Festival. By 7.30, the restaurant at The Grand Union was full up with guests, and by 7.40 they were being treated to tapas and sangria served by the kitchen team and poems served by the local writers who had participated in the project.
Later in the evening, I massively enjoyed performing my show in what was a fantastically warm and receptive space, but perhaps my favourite part of the evening was watching the participants sharing their pieces with the tables of audience members; seeing them adjusting their delivery as they went, really responding to the subtle signals they got from the live interactions between them and the other people at the tables.
The atmosphere was incredible, similar to that magic sounding buzz that you get when you walk in to a bar or pub and just know the vibe is right. After sitting in the space as they performed I was proper psyched up and good to go – I have genuinely never had to warm up as little as I did for the show that night which is a true testament to the work the local writers did.
Towards the end of the evening, the audience got chatting amongst themselves – sharing their own ideas, reflections, and memories. Here are some notes they left on their paper plates about what they felt were the classic ingredients for a family gathering…
Creating the space for the audience to chat about the show and their own experiences of family is a really important element of the event, and is always a lovely thing to watch and be a part of.