Rapping And More At The Polka Theatre In Wimbledon

'Friends For All' is an interactive spoken word performance

London-based rapper Simon Mole brings his interactive spoken word performance for families to Wimbledon's Polka Theatre this weekend.

Friends For All, which is at the Polka tomorrow and Sunday (October 21 and 22) is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in and features rapping, dancing and far-out video projections for ages 5-11 and their grown-ups.

Eight-year-old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her. Inspired by Grandad’s hippy stories from the swinging 60s, she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her class teacher, Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy.

Poet and rapper Simon Mole performs in this humorous and moving piece, co-created with theatre maker Peader Kirk. The show features Simon Mole’s trademark poetry, rap and storytelling style alongside original video projections courtesy of Andrew Crofts, an original sound track composed by Jonny Wharton and lighting design by Phil Clarke.

Simon Mole is a spoken word poet with an eye for the often overlooked in the everyday. Simon was the first ever Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent, and is one fifth of the acclaimed poetry collective Chill Pill. Peader Kirk is an artist and director working internationally in the fields of performance and sound art. His work has recently been shown at The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The National Theatre of Greece in Athens, and The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. Friends For All is their third collaboration.

Simon Mole said: “I wanted to create a piece of theatre that wasn’t dumbed down for young audiences; something that was exciting and complex enough that they could be an active and creative audience. Friends For All feels like a wide-screen cinematic experience - it features an array of virtual performers and it’s incredible to see how the young people react to them. But there’s also an important message, to empower them to understand that they are able to make change within the world they live.”

Half Moon presents Friends for All, a Simon Mole production for 5-11s

·               Sat 21 Oct, 2:00 PM

·               Sun 22 Oct, 2:00 PM

Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB

Ages 5-11 | 40 minutes.

October 20, 2017