Indiana Jones & the extra chair

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“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

Written & Performed by Simon Mole
Direction & Design by Peader Kirk
Project Management by Maeve O’Neill
Co-produced by Apples and Snakes
Developed with support from the Albany and Spread The Word
Supported by Arts Council England

From 2012 – 2015 Indiana Jones and the extra chair show and residency toured to 6 venues including sold out shows at Brighton Dome and Southbank Centre. The residency program engaged over 200 participants and the 8 performances reached nearly 400 audience.

The show included a residency at each venue working with local groups of  up to 15 emerging writers. These participants were involved in the events themselves, serving food with poetic memories and performing their own original family-themed poems. Some participants continued their journey becoming established writers and artists, including Sara Hirsch, Megan Beech and Helen Seymour.


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.”