Join poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko’s socially distanced Poetry Picnic live at the Albany and online on Sunday 15 November

Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko’s indoor Poetry Picnic is coming to the Albany in South East London on Sunday 15 November at 3pm, with the theatre audience taking part from their picnic blankets in their bubbles, and also online.


Mole and Gecko will play fun (and quite silly!) games to build confidence and skill with words, and then help you write a poem or a song with the power to send your picnic blanket skywards.


For the grand finale, with a little technical wizardry, the Albany audience will join the online audience of living room picnics to share a sandwich simile or two together. This celebration of music and poetry is the perfect Sunday afternoon boredom-buster for 8-12 year olds.


Following this première of Mole & Gecko’s Poetry Picnic on 15 November, the show’s producer Rua Arts hopes that it will tour in 2021, adapting to the current climate by continuing to offer a performance model combining live and online audiences – perhaps even leading to a world-wide poetry picnic!


Simon Mole is a National Poetry Day Ambassador who has shared stages with John Cooper-Clarke, Kae Tempest and Simon Armitage. He said: “After the disappointment of cancelling a national tour earlier this year, the free online poetry workshops I ran throughout lockdown ended up being one of the most rewarding projects of my life. Poetry Picnic is going to take some of that exciting online interaction and apply it to an in-person event – not only will the option of participating from home make the event more accessible, but it will also add an inspiring layer of creative connection for the audience in the theatre building on the day.”


To book tickets, visit or telephone the Box Office on 020 8692 4446. (Please note: this event is Bring Your Own Biscuits. Escape everything! Except the kids, because they’re coming too, to picnic with you.)


Mole & Gecko’s Poetry Picnic is created by Simon Mole, Gecko and Peader Kirk. It is produced by Rua Arts and funded by Arts Council England.


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Show: Mole and Gecko’s Poetry Picnic 

Date: Sunday 15 November 2020

Time: 3pm

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Venue address: the Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG

Tickets: Big Bubble (2 adults and up to 3 children) £28; Little Bubble (1 adult and up to 2 children) £14; Online Ticket – Pay What You Decide (up to £10)

Box Office: book online here: or by telephone: 020 8692 4446.

Category: Theatre, Poetry, Children’s, Family, London

For ages: 8-12

Access: The Albany’s Box Office, theatre, studios, café and fully accessible toilets are all on the ground floor. Deptford Station and New Cross stations have step free access. For more information on accessibility visit the Albany’s Accessibility page.

Transport: The Albany is two minutes’ walk from step-free Deptford Station (Rail) and eight minutes’ walk from New Cross Station (Rail and Overground). With multiple bus routes and a near-by DLR link, the Albany is an easy commute from anywhere in London.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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