Athlete. Hero. Cheat.
Simon Jones in collaboration with Upstart presents
Created by Simon Jones and James Blakey
Performed by Simon Jones
Directed by James Blakey
Co-Created by Hannah Sibai
Creative Producer Tom Mansfield
Supported by ARC
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.