In 1998, while Marco Pantani was winning the Tour de France, Simon was grazing his knee in a race with his brother on second-hand bikes. Six years later, Marco died. Disgraced in a doping scandal, he locked himself in a hotel room and killed himself with a massive overdose of cocaine.
Tonight, armed only with an inflated sense of his own ability and his junior cycling proficiency badge, Simon sets out to do justice to the epic story of his hero. Marco was an ordinary kid who became an icon. Yes, OK, he was also a cheat. But if you’d been programmed since childhood to win at all costs, wouldn’t you have done the same?
There will be winning. And losing. There will be stories, and music, and dancing. There will be a lot of drugs. And, in the end, there will be death. Marco is an explosively physical solo show about what it means – and what it takes – to succeed.
We're taking MARCO on a short R&D tour this summer, visiting ARC Stockton (23 June), the Bike Shed Theatre Exeter (4-8 July), and Shoreditch Town Hall in London (30 July). Following this we're looking for partners for a tour of the full version of the show in 2018 - places to tour to, support in booking other venues, and financial and/or in kind input into our set build costs in particular.