Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ The Spring, Havant

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ The Spring, Havant
When
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:15pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
56 East Street


Havant, Hampshire , UK PO9 1BS
Other Info
In association with Apples and Snakes and The Spring, Simon Mole presents

Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair
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 heartbreaking. Join our hero round the table for his toughest adventure yet, meeting his mum’s new boyfriend…

Simon Mole’s ground-breaking one man show comes to Havant, as part of a residency at The Spring. Working with students from Park Community School to bring you an unforgettable evening peppered with memories, rhymes and recipes…

**Booking required, Food Included**

Suitable for ages 12+

“The young poets were brilliant – brought a tear to my eye!”
Audience member, ARC

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

“Extremely funny, moving and well observed”
Aoife Mannix, poet in residence BBC radio 4 Saturday Live

“Awesome”
Pete Strauss, Huffington Post 4.5 Stars

“A compelling piece of spoken word”
Lettie McKie, Sabotage Reviews

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Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Brighton Dome

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Brighton Dome
When
Friday, November 1, 2013
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Church St
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UE
Other Info
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

Contact rebecca.fidler@brightondome.org

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Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre
When
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Belvedere Road


London, UK SE1 8XX
Other Info
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!

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Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ Southbank Centre
When
Monday, October 14, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Belvedere Road


London, UK SE1 8XX
Other Info
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!

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No More Worries – Q&A

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What follows is an informal Q&A conducted for Pistols and Pollinators by Naomi Woddis with myself and Peader Kirk about our process when collaborating on a new longer show ‘No More Worries’. As a bit of background, Peader is an artist and director who creates immersive performance environments where the audience become a part of the work and encounter becomes possible. His work has recently been shown at the ICA, London, The National Theatre of Greece, Athens and the Academy of Fine Arts, Turin. He also directed my first solo show ‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’…

N: The premise of the show has got me really interested – whose idea was it ? Or was that also a collaborative effort ? Can you tell me a little bit more about it ?
S: it was my idea.
P: 
I think the question of “whose idea” is really difficult to get at, what’s been interesting is that it’s been something that’s been batted back and forth. The initial seed of conception came from Simon, and was passed back and forth to the point that it’s almost impossible now to work out or remember which bit was whose idea, and that’s irrelevant anyway.
S: 
ok, it developed collaboratively – initially through chatting on breaks from rehearsing Indy, which is a totally different show. It was almost a release from the rehearsal process, which helped keep us fresh and creative.
P: 
Wasn’t it Dostoyevski who would work two novels at the same time – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
S: 
so. a bit more about the show – here’s the copy we used for the scratch:
“Ever wanted to get away from it all? Kieran’s 27 and he’s never been on holiday. Paul’s pushing sixty and looking to pull off his final disappearing act. Sometimes, doing the right thing means you tell no-one, because if you did it would stop being the right thing. ‘No more worries’ is a road-trip to the edge, two strangers in Hawaiian shirts staring out the windscreen at the rain, until the land runs out.”
P:
 but we’re also still playing with the idea that it’s a road trip through austerity Britain too.
S: 
What we found from doing the scratch is that it’s almost about too much at the moment. I guess one thing about an ideas based process is that having a good idea is one thing, but then when you have to make them do stuff, actually get up and come to life there’s less room. So we had a lot of exciting chats linking many themes and threads in mind-blowing ways but/
P: 
ideas don’t perform.
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N: Why did you decide to change the way you worked together? how did the process work and who did what when especially when the boundaries of performer and director are blurred ?
P: we didn’t change the way we worked together, it evolved.
S: I think we’d had the plan to devise this show more than me writing it and then being directed to perform it, which was our process before, but maybe the idea of you performing in it too was something that happened more naturally.
P: i have no idea what point i agreed to it. But someone did ask for my acting CV at the scratch.
S: yeah. That didn’t happen for me. It was kind of mad showing some spoken word story telling stuff, which I’m much more comfortable with and more known for, and then also some other stuff that really pushed the idea of what spoken word can be within theatre.
P:  its a difficult thing as artist – people always want you to do your thing, while you want to find a new thing. We’d already made one show that was successful in one way. We wanted to keep that partnership that worked, but discover what else was possible with it.
S: It felt like one show of me talking to myself was enough for now. Also, its knowing that while that show is something I’m really proud of, I’m not really a character performer
P: i think you’re a great character performer. It doesn’t mean you’re acting a character, but you are a great character performer. For me it’s more that there’s a certain dynamic bounce that you can’t get delivering lines to yourself and us wanting to explore that.
S: and wanting to honour the full dramatic potential of the story idea, and really bring it to life in a different way to how we had before, not to be restricted by knowing that two people talking in a scene would actually only be me.
P: and a bit like the American writers room model in that they start to act out bits roughly as writing , we did that and then somehow that bled into being those characters consistently in the show and ended up with the director being a performer in the piece…

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N: What were the advantages and what were the challenges of how you worked this time round ?
S: Peader, you having a role in the writing process was great in terms of sounding board and ideas and sometimes crystallising what would have been a 2 hr write around something down to a 20 minute chat which left me much clearer around what I wanted to write. Conversely it did make it harder in some ways because I felt a bit like stuff had to be signed off, similarly for you directing I guess, in that I had a say in certain elements I might not have done before.
P: collaboration is like co-habitation, you have to learn to live together
S: and i think that learning takes space and time within a process, some days it was just flying along because we could throw ideas back and forth. I think another challenge of writing collaboratively was that we didn’t have as much time to look at performance
P: My mind naturally sees structure and even when i’m inside it I can still sense that structure for an audience but it’s really hard to tweak it from within it, to find that flow and shape that i would if I was just the director. Again just a time thing but would have been great to video every rehearsal to get around that – in a way though the process was building the piece this time…
S: and knowing there would be another phase of development in which we could work on performance. Which did though leave us out of our comfort zones for the scratch
P: yeah. But that’s a good thing
S: and i think we learnt more because of that. It was a scary experience in some ways, but made a lot of things clearer much quicker than would have happened otherwise.
P: if you’re going to show something in progress, then you have to be risking something – if you’re totally sure in the material why are you sharing it in that format? No point bungee jumping off a chair.
S: no. Not to mention that would probably really hurt. Ha ha! Sorry to end on a cheap joke. Thanks for asking the questions Naomi!

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Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ ARC, Stockton

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ ARC, Stockton
When
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
7:00pm - 13+ Buy Tickets
Where
ARC (map)
Dovecot Street
Stockton TS18 1LL.
Other Info
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.

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Indiana Jones and the extra chair @ Live Theatre, Newcastle (Juice Festival)

What
Indiana Jones and the extra chair @ Live Theatre, Newcastle (Juice Festival)
When
Saturday, November 3, 2012
1:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
6:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Broad Chare,
Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne , UK NE1 3DQ
Other Info
Presented by Simon Mole
In association with Apple and Snakes, New Writing North & Live Theatre as part of Juice Festival

Every family dinner needs a hero…

Relating to your relations isn’t always easy, and it’s often on those rare occasions when everyone sits down to eat together that things really kick off.

Our leading man is Mike, a 23 year old who still asks ‘what would Indy do?’ at times of crisis. We join him at a busy London station as the everyday reality of his own crumbling love-life unexpectedly collides with his heroic fantasy world, with hilarious yet heart-breaking consequences. We then follow Mike on a risky journey into the unknown (via his mums), and watch as his parallel existence in 80s Hollywood blockbusters rudely intrudes on an important family meal. What if Mike doesn’t like Richard?

Simon Mole’s groundbreaking one-man show is a sensory explosion that combines spoken word theatre, riotous adventure, laughs a-plenty and tasty culinary delights. Having collaborated with a group of young writers from New Writing North, Simon and site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk take spoken word performance in an exciting new direction.
The young writers will serve food with poetic memories and perform their own original family-themed writing as they host guests at this unique event. Tickets for these shows are limited so early booking is advised.
Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair! is written and performed by Simon Mole and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Presented as part of Juice - NewcastleGateshead's award winning festival for children and young people, in association with Live Theatre, New Writing North and Apples and Snakes. Originally commissioned by Apples and Snakes and The Albany.

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Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ warwick words

What
Indiana Jones & the extra chair @ warwick words
When
Thursday, October 4, 2012
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Grand union bar and restaurant (map)
66-68 Clemens Street
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire , UNITED KINGDOM CV31 2DN

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BRAND NEW ANCIENTS (Kate Tempest)

Right then, last Monday I was lucky enough to go to the dress rehearsal for Kate Tempest’s new full length show which is running at BAC until the 22nd. I doubt I will put it better than the press release so here is the basic premise:

Unfolding on the edges of the city, Brand New Ancients discovers the
myths of modern times in the lives of two families as they collide, connect and come apart – all racing towards a violent conclusion.

Poet and rapper Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating
live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that
finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer that we think.

It goes without saying that Kate is an incredible rapper, poet, performer and playwright, and the quality of the writing in this show is indeed wildly good throughout. The musicians are amazing too, and Kate proper gets going with a flow over some dope beats at points. In fact there is so much I could say about the writing and the music, and the staging, all of it, and 99% of everything I would say would be positive. But time is tight and the biggest compliment I think I can pay the show is to say that it filled me with an overwhelming urge to call my loved ones as soon as I left the theatre, to tell them how perfectly imperfect they all are, how proud I am of the everyday epics in our lives, of the struggles we struggle and the grind we grind. I bounced home.

Basically, Kate has managed to retain that thing she does that fills you with longing, and with the knowledge of your own power and beauty, but to do that within a tightly constructed, multi-layered narrative spanning generations. Genuinely blown away. Do the right thing and get your tickets here: http://www.bac.org.uk/whats-on/brand-new-ancients/