8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her stupid 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 60s she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her teacher Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy.
Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. Inspired by the V&A’s ‘You say you want a revolution’ exhibition. BSL interpretation supported by the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.
Created by Simon Mole & Peader Kirk
Script & Performance Simon Mole
Direction & Design Peader Kirk
Video Design Andrew Crofts
Sound Design Jonathan Wharton
BSL Interpreter Sula Gleeson
Understudy Grace Courtney
Stage Management Sinead Sexton
Production Management Andy Shewan
Project Management by Maeve O'Neill
Commissioned by the V&A
Supported with public funding from Arts Council England
With support from Apples and Snakes, Half Moon Young Peoples Theatre, Spread the Word, the Albany, University of Bedfordshire, and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.
Special thanks to the students of St Thomas’ School
Friends For All was Simon Mole's first show for young people, commissioned by the V&A in Autumn 2016 it then toured from 2017 - 2018 as part of Half Moon Theatre Presents. With a total of 48 performances it reached an audience of 2322
Photo by Stephen Beeny