Simon Morley - On The Mic

Naked Ambition is a collection of stories celebrating 20 years of Puppetry Of The Penis. We chat with Simon Morley to get the low down.

20 years ago I had crazy idea that would go from some bedroom sibling rivalry to a theatrical juggernaut that would travel to over 35 countries and be performed in 5 languages. This show is about how it all started, and Simon Morley’s journey across the world wearing no pants. Celebrity encounters, embarrassing moments, and taking on the might of the US government.

What does Edinburgh mean to you?

It’s where it all began for me. It’s the greatest marketplace on earth for foolish behaviour.

Who inspires you and why?

I would have to say the late great Malcolm Hardy.

Describe your best or worst experiences on stage.

We once had the fire alarm go off in the middle of our show at the Gilded Balloon. We were ejected along with our audience, not even given time to get our pants, so decided to continue the performance down in the square whilst standing upon a statue. Our crowd very quickly grew to over 1000 people, making it very difficult for the police to get anywhere near us.

Describe your best or worst review.


If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?

Dolphin Trainer.

What was the last book you read?

The Chep Gordon Bio.

Ask and then answer a question of your own choosing.

Q: How do they get cranes on top of buildings?

A: Shouldn’t you be focused on writing your show!

Imagine that the BBC have asked you to produce a primetime show. What would it be and who else would be involved?

“Cockstars” – A search for new talent to perform in Puppetry Of The Penis.


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