The fragmentation and disintegration of memory is inevitable as one gets ever deeper into middle age. Simon Evans, 58 by the time he hits the road, has been mining that seam for some years now. His endless migrations up and down the stairs and through the caverns of his own mind in pursuit of elusive quarries have defined his recent work.
And a failing memory can be a blessing when we have so much we’d like to quietly forget.
But when that collapsing memory encounters a life-long dedication to procrastination and industry standard levels of ADD coming the other way up the pavement of life, they can easily spend the rest of the day politely unable to get past one another.
Have We Met? sees Simon determined to lock horns with the spectre of memory and wrestle its incorporeal form to the floor. To be the Proust, the Joyce, the Maurice Chevalier & Hermione Gingold of stand up. And something else. It will come to me. Bear with.
Simon is one of the UK’s most respected and established comedians. His TV credits include Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, BBC Two’s Mock the Week and was a regular on Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week.
Simon’s BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes to Market has audiences delighting in his witty and insightful take on the unpromising comic territory of commodities, trading and wealth. Other BBC Radio 4 appearances include the The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.
Simon is the only comedian to have appeared on both University Challenge: The Professionals, and Celebrity Mastermind (which he won – specialist subject Sir Ernest Shackleton). Simon has also recently appeared on This Week and Question Time.
NB. Please take a name tag from the table in the foyer. And wear throughout.
Friday 15 September Tenbury Wells, The Regal
Saturday 16 September Tring, Court Theatre
Wednesday 20 September Launceston, Town Hall
Thursday 21 September Great Torrington, Plough Arts Centre
Friday 22 September Exeter, Corn Exchange
Saturday 23 September Dorchester, Thomas Hardye Theatre
Thursday 28 September Pocklington, Arts Centre
Friday 29 September Stamford, Corn Exchange
Friday 6 October Bakewell, Town Hall
Saturday 7 October Coalville, Century Theatre
Saturday 14 October Bristol, Redgrave
Wednesday 18 October Loughborough, Town Hall
Friday 20 October Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Thursday 2 November Grantham, Guildhall Arts Centre
Friday 3 November Norwich, Playhouse
Saturday 4 November Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre
Friday 17 November Tiverton, TCAT
Saturday 18 November Hedge End, The Berry
Friday 24 November Faversham, The Apex
Sunday 3 December Evesham, Town Hall