Created by Simon Carroll-Jones and James Blakey
Performed by Simon Carroll-Jones
A solo theatre show that draws on the epic, real-life tragedy of one of endurance sport's great champions and cheats, Marco Pantani. Having recovered from a life-threatening collision with a 4x4, the state-sponsored athlete became the last cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same season. His greatness lay in his capacity to suffer pain like nobody else could; to sink to the depths of oxygen deprivation and come out alive. Five years later, exposed as a doper and stripped of his titles, he lies alone, contorted and dead in a hotel room in his native Riviera in 2004. The coroner's report showed enough cocaine in his system to kill six men.
The story is told by performer and theatre-maker Simon Carroll-Jones. Using dance, spoken streams of consciousness, striking imagery and a desert-island-discs memory karaoke, Simon blends Marco's journey with his own experiences of being raised in an ultra-competitive family. He brings to Marco the ego of the Performer, the need to be seen and to be enough.
The audience witness something like an experiment in a petri dish. They are charmed by the easy openness of the Performer, thrilled by the story of Marco, but increasingly uncomfortable with the willingness of the person they observe to push their body through barriers of physical pain in a virtuosic performance turned endurance test. How far will he go? Why will nobody tell him to stop?