Nomadic Fools hit Edinburgh!!

Starting this week!!! The Nomadic Academy of Fools bring not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4.. FOUR!!! shows at The Edinburgh free fringe!

10378165_652837571475923_436117556548654524_nStarting on Thursday 31st you can find Danny Mullins serenading his ‘Imaginary Girlfriend‘ every night at 1am. Is it just a fantasy or will you get involved?! Get down to the The White Horse for some Interactive musical magic.

women who flat logoThen Women Who Wank takes to the stage every day at 3.30pm from Saturday 2nd – 24th August at Cloud and Soil. Joanne Tremarco’s one-woman show will leave you giddy and thirsty for some more of her unique brand of improvised herstory. Expect bald truths and hairy moments in this bidden for comic and tragic discovery play.

 

 

 

The Penis MonologuesDSC_0091 comes next. (that was a cheap laugh, I know) beginning at 6.05pm everyday from August 10th-23rd. You can catch these bravely vulnerable guys at The George Next door each day as they delve into the contemporary world of man’s hidden unmanly revelations.  It will be beautiful, moving and very very funny.

 

fig leafLastly, The Fig Leaf Wars continue the eternal dance between the sexes, a human sized penis and a vulva dance, argue, love and struggle with each other in endless tragic and hilarious permutations. Each day at 10pm from August 2nd- 23rd, the conversation will be flowing and growing between these two..perhaps you can join them, also at The George Next Door.

 

Fooling in The Heart of Catalonia with Jonathan Kay

Delighted and excited to announce a unique opportunity  to dive into the heart of what it means to ‘Find Your Fool’, deep in the beautiful Catalonia countryside-  September 28th – October 4rd

This autumn maverick and mischievous Master Fool, Jonathan Kay, will be offering a 5-day residential at the stunning venue of The Actors Space, an hour from Barcelona.This will be a fully residential experience over 5-days in which you will have the time and space to fully embrace and free your inner Fool!  A golden moment to fully live and breathe one’s inner Fool – Unleashing torrents of creative  playfulness and exploring hitherto unchartered territories of your Foolish self.

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Set within the stunning countryside of Catalonia, The Actors Space is a 16th century farmhouse offering the perfect immersive experience for your Fool. All food and accommodation is included and the use of swimming pool and stunning gardens. The workshop will take place both within the purpose built studio space and, of course, make use of the surrounding landscape. You may find your Fool taking a walk along the mountain paths and basking in the sunny meadows.

The workshop is suitable for those with both with or without some previous experience of working with Jonathan, and only limited places are available.

Full details here!

 

Edinburgh Here We Come!!

We Fools are delighted, gleeful and pretty damn excited at the thought of bringing not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4… FOUR shows to The Edinburgh Festival!!! Wahoooo!!!!!
As part of the Edinburgh Free Fringe we will be fooling around most heartily during the month of August. Here’s the scoop!

Women Who Wank

August 2-24: 15:00-16:00

Cloud and Soil (71) Compass Room

4 Picardy Place, EH1 3TJ
 
Joanne Tremarco plays The Fool in her acclaimed improvised show untwisting Herstory. Expect bald truths and hairy moments in this comically tragical play.
 
Edinburgh Fringe Review: 'Highly Recommended, her improvisational skills are captivating'.
 
August 10-23: 18:05-19.05
 
 
George Next Door space 1 (430)
9 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE
 

Exploring male attitudes towards sex, women, violence, emotional insecurities and what it’s like to have a penis, four men bring to life their personally true stories with vulnerability and a foolish edge.
The Fig Leaf Wars
August 2-23: 22:00-23:00

 

George Next Door space 1 (430)
9 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE

A human sized penis and a vulva dance, argue, love and struggle with each other in endless tragic and hilarious permutations. Ever since Adam and Eve first covered up, there has been Mystery between the sexes, Genders grew hidden agendas. Can these Wars be settled by Fools?

Imaginary Girlfriend
Aug 2nd -24: 01:00

The White Horse on the Royal Mile EH8 8AA (296)

Danny Mullins folks about, improvising songs and getting involved with the audience as well as performing original classics. 
Weird and wonderful characters and an open Cabaretness!
Get involved!
Comic Tragic Musical Magic

 

You will also catch the Fools serving up impromptu playfulness on random street corners – keep up to date by following us on twitter! @nomadic_fool

Cain & Abel.

A Foolish Parable – As told by Jonathan Kay.

There were two people that  lived with each other one lived purposefully and calculated their money and their time allowing themselves a timetable and there  was an incredible amount to do and their life was full and each person they  knew fitted into their
Regime.The Purpose was to for-fill the aims and objectives of their role, which at the beginning was fresh and interesting but as the regime and responsibilities of running a string  of products  and ever filling diary, it became  that there was mounting pressure for the other person of the story to be brought into help to take a responsibility and to show willing to help in the master plan that the first person was  endeavoring to for-fill; a lot more help and knuckling down was needed if the first was to realise their vision.

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Besides the second person had a lot of time on their hands as the first saw it. They were lazy and frittered away their time in self indulgence and self obsession as the other saw it. It would be good for them to get themselves together and do something with their life.

The first person we shall call Cain and the second Abel.

Cain was hardworking and their work was making them ruthless, cutting corners as  business deals were made to  build an empire of right thinking and power with Cain at the top. But still Abel was not really pulling this weight but  enjoying  walking and being with nature looking after lost sheep  on the hillside above Cain’s residence which had lately been featured on grand designs.

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Cain felt that they were  doing a great deal of good for mankind: it was Cain that was being creative and thrusting. Giving advice about life. Abel continues to dream as far as Cain is concerned not achieving very much of worth or of of help to humanity.

Cain was always establishing education for the betterment of all Cain’s his ventures were innovative.  All around the world he started Green things and the word sustainability and turbo, iPhone,Facebook  and Amazon were all fantastic for Cain’s the world over  to communicate their ceaseless  interrelation ships.

But as this built  Cain s main task was whitewashing Abel and continuing the new imperial rules that looked like Gods law but gradually looked like business  powers and so Cain  played his own hide and seek with the truth until he could justify any new adventure by twisting and flipping truth till it seemed rational and logical to anyone with common sense  and ambition.

When ever God came down to visit. Cain was always saying, “Look God I create like you, I am in your image. What do you feel about my power stations, my ships and my motor ways God?”

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God is non committal and doesn’t answer.

But God asks “where is Abel?”

“Oh him, that waster! He just hangs about on the hillside looking after lost sheep.”

“Thanks,” says God.

Cain can’t understand but in his ears he hears God and Abel laughing and it feels to Cain that they are laughing at his expense- they appear to be having a great time.

Every time God comes down it’s the same a noncommittal  shrug and then asking where Abel is and always laughter Into the night. Cain is becoming tired and restless and can’t sleep at night  but with a workload that is ever increasing.

Cain begins to be jealous  of God’s affection for Abel. So in jealousy he begins to plot the down fall of Abel.

Abel is expendable, vermin, useless, a waster! But why has God marked out Abel with friend ship? Why is it that he Cain is not invited! He wants to see why he has never been the one to have these get togethers that God …why ?

Cain decides to bring Abel to a meal. He decides to poison him and bury him in the flower bed out in the  garden. Then God will have to praise him since Abel will be gone on a holiday and God will have to see Cain’s work and appreciate him.

All this takes place including the burying outside the window.

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Come the time when God came  down and arrives at Cain’s door.

“Hi God come in.”

God comes in and says “Have you seen Abel anywhere?”

Cain says, “Me no, I haven’t seen him for months. I think he is away on holiday.

God says,” Cain have you seen him lately? Because you see Cain I am omnipotent  all seeing God. Nothing gets past me, I can see everything going on. So what’s that bump outside your window? Why are the flowers abnormally  high as if there is something buried there? Have you any ideas?”

Cain says, “No, I have just been rearranging flowers. I got them at local super market.”

God says, “Cain have you poisoned and buried Abel in that flower bed?”

“No why should I do this!”

God says, “I can’t hear the truth from you. And you have not listened  to Abel.You dismissed him treated him with distance  with disdain. Your love for yourself has far outweighed your love for Abel. And the Abel gifts that you came with to the earth. Your blindness has created a rift between you and Abel, for your exclusion and your ignorance  has excluded you from the natural and intricate connections that shape the world. By dismissing Abel,  you disowned the earth with its  natural connections. You interpreted and twisted the truth and understanding  to fit your plans and have turned this whole earth to your place. You have disturbed the very atoms of the world. Your life is short sighted like a snake on it’s  belly  crawling though the worlds of your own making. Why when you have done this do you want praise from me? You have twisted and flipped all truth on its head and you look to me for praise! You ignored Abel and killed Love’s true abilities.”

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“It  remains that Abel and his foolish ways., as judged by you, are dead and buried, I can only desire a resurrection that love will reunite and ignite  the true  abilities of your brothers and sisters and together you may learn to love the world you inhabit and let your personal worlds fall away into a shared world where fear of each other has been the conflict. In The world  there is the special  place of your reconciliation. Lift the
Superimposed worlds of Cain and discover The world in which you can live harmoniously.
When feeling  that you are divine  Cain, and above that which you would connect with in The world,  It will be your ignorance that stops you opening to the true  search where your heart can  discover love in action. This blindness is in your own eyes Cain, use your real eyes. You are fearful and defensive, protecting your world of your head from the world where the awakening  begin … Connect to each in love. What must be done so that the rivers flow clean, the snow to fall to cover the mountains, the sea to be refreshed and balanced. It has been your nativity to wake and begin to see the journey that is needed to
wake Abel from his sleep and turn to connect with all: every bird, every insect, every animal, to the trees, all life has had your twist upon.”
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And God said, “Live foolishly and you will live  next to me. Everything  is one in me and you will see heaven on the earth. Now.”

Cain said, “I do not believe in you, it is up to me whether I create a God in my world. This is my world and I do as I wish, including you God in it ,whether I wish to have you as God  I pray to or not ..”

“Remember those words I have said  Cain so that thy days may be long in this world. The trial for you Cain is just beginning. Remember Abel and connect with him in love and understanding for he is your twin and resided in your heart. Open your heart and let Abel live.”

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“To forgive is to trust in something more than yourself. To live well is to live as a Fool moves towards the center of the circle that has no circumference and begin to seethe unknown is known and the known is unknown again…”

My Five Days Alone with Jonathan Kay

Nick had done a few workshops with Jonathan but wanted to spend some  intensive time focusing on specific issues around his work..here he describes something of his experience…

I have no idea what I am going to write now but I’m going to step off the edge and start writing… that’s a bit of what its like in a Jonathan Kay workshop, going in, over the edge of what you know and seeing what happens…

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I think that I am one of the few people on the planet who has had the privilege and honour of doing a Jonathan Kay workshop as the only participant. I had previously done a weekend workshop and two five-day workshops with Jonathan, where there had been between 4 and 12 participants. This time I’d decided to dive-in alone..

The 5 days was intense and gruelling. I learnt so much about my inner world, being influenced by archetypal forces and how to use Jonathan’s structure. For the first half of the week I was pretty stuck. Jonathan was delightful and patient with me, funny, insightful, perceptive, sensitive and pushing and poking me in just the right places to encourage me to let go and play more to express my inner world while being sensitive to influences from the archetypal world.

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Working 1-1 with Jonathan enabled him to give his full attention to just my process and what was needed there, whereas in a workshop with others its more of a melting pot. It means that the learning is tailored, faster, more intense and there is nowhere to hide! It ranged from intensely personal to being totally relevant to my professional work and development, and was more valuable than any kind of pre-packaged course I have been on as it was so tailored to what I needed. If you want to make some rapid accelerations in your personal life, relationships and career or professional life, then I would recommend working 1-1 with Jonathan as the most effective way to do any of these things that I have found in the 25 years that I’ve been attending various workshops. There is simply no comparison.

I learnt so much in that week that it’s hard to put it into words in such a short piece here. I would thoroughly recommend doing workshops with Jonathan, and the value I received from the 5-days was so much more than the money I paid for it. Jonathan claims, with a twinkle in his eyes, that I will double the money I earn from working with him. I have a hunch that he may be right and if this happens, I’ll be sending a cheque his way! I am eternally grateful for Jonathan’s work and what we did together during that week…

Thank You to Nick Osborne for sharing his experience.

Life as a Nomadic Fool.

The Nomadic Academy’s Joanne Tremarco recently offered some words to improvfest about being part of The Nomadic Academy for Fools..

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Tell us about your group.

NAF makes its base wherever it goes. Introducing audiences to their own fool’s. Connecting the inner and outer worlds.

NAF does group shows (The Penis Monologues, Richard II), Street theatre (The Fig Leaf Wars), Character duo’s (Mr & Mrs Mutton), solo shows, (Women Who Wank, 21st Century Troubadour).

NAF also manages Spilsby Theatre (a converted Court House), Linconshire.

To improvise, the Fool journeys from the audience, through front of the stage (where stand up lives), through middle of the stage (where plays live), into the world of influence at the back of the stage and back again to sit the audience.

What was the best piece of advice on improvisation you’ve ever been given?

“Always begin again, start with the audience, Movement first” (Jonathan Kay)

 What is your favourite improvisation exercise and why?

Jonathan Kay’s: Twin Exercise

You follow your self on an inner world journey, looking and seeing, becoming what you see and flying with it. It’s mad and wonderful to be in a room full of people moving around as they take on whatever their minds present them with. It’s really liberating for The Fool to be the other side of the judgement that says, I’m not creative or I’m not doing that, that’s crazy. No matter how dry or uncreative I have felt … when I become involved in this exercise I am always surprised by what I discover. I wouldn’t recommend trying this at home mind you. We spend so much of our day held in the norms of social conduct – in the place where ThinKing rules. Its difficult to get past the ThinKIng with out being executed for treason. So when one finally does sneak under his radar and get into the realm where you can move freely, its nice to know that there is someone there to call you back into the room when its time.

What’s your pre-show ritual/warm-up?

I see my playful, able self move from my minds eye, into the space.

I step into this part of me that wants to play and begin to move in whatever ways come into my body, use my voice in whatever ways I want.

I skip through lots of different characteristics and movements moving around the stage slowly at hte back and speeding up at the front.

I look at where the audience will be an I get excited about meeting them.

Recommend a book on improvisation …

Never read any.

Anything else you’d like to add about your show, your group, or improvisation or the world in general … 

I’d like to spend longer living in The World, I have to keep reminding myself that a place called The World where we all can meet may indeed exist, most of the time i spend wrapped up in my own weeny world. Know the feeling?

Original source from: http://www.improfestuk.co.uk/2014/the-nomadic-academy-for-fools.html

You can follow Joanne and Women Who Wank on twitter - @WomenWhoWank

The work of a Fool

Some words from Jonathan Kay.

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“I have been invited to put into words something of the work I do as a professional Fool.

What is a Fool? A Fool sits next to the elephant in the room, both being something hidden in plain sight. It’s very nature is to sit with one foot in the blind spot, the other in knowledge.

So how is it possible to shine a light on the Fool?  Imagine the scarlet pimpernel: you may meet him or her but not know it. As a professional fool I arrive in a performance, I interact with audiences who will be warmly invited to join the fun and to laugh and share. There is often laughter, sometimes tears, but always resulting in togetherness, in being relaxed, talking and playing.  The audience is brought together through the experience… but can anybody be a Fool?  Yes! Anyone is a Fool and can realize something by acting the Fool…

In our society Fool is a derogatory term:

‘I felt such a Fool ‘

‘That was Foolish’

‘I was a fool to do that’

‘I don’t talk with Fools’

‘A fool and his money are soon parted’

‘Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread’,etc.

I play a 21st Century Fool, turning these phrases into praises not derision. I give these remarks charm and insight which normally damn the Fool in everyday language.

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In the Tarot, the Fool card gives you a better insight, a beginning of your own journey towards the center of a circle that has no circumference.

The Fool in its proper place plays visible in an invisible world… And visa versa. The Fool is mysterious,it is playful, and talks easily with the high powered. It is seen walking over a cliff with a carefree air as if to know something others would be fearful of.  The Fool is love in action – it has no fear since there is none in love, which is something I and everyone else can aspire to. It is something we all inherit in ourselves and twist and turn from to allow fear to guide us and to hide us – to protect us from love’s truth.

To be a Fool is to see that there are fearful lower loves, as in jealousy hate joy anger peace, etc. These are different, defensive loves – all loves with twists. It is the fear of jumping, risking all to be love in action that is seen as extremely foolish.  Yet there is great merit and hope in this to live well, to encourage others to be love in action to see the world within ourselves reflected by the imprint we make on each others lives and in nature to see whether we make a good imprint with our footsteps through the world.

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So leap as a Fool over the lesser loves and fly over the cliffs of defense and fall into understanding of the greater love. To have trust and no fear and to remember not to create the fear that makes the rocks of disaster upon which we dread to fall beneath us. Do not test the water…know them, for what shall we do? …why do we  hide our abilities away and turn from ourselves? …  when we knew that with trust all is possible, and we can look to others and say I’m-possible. Begin …when we have not risked anything we feel empty. Be a Fool to search love in action.

I have found it difficult to put words where you can put love into actions. I am on this discovery too – the Fool is a great opener for the discovery of self. See if you can speak out and follow.

I hold workshops in Fooling.  Being a Fool is a lifetime quest. Whatever you have been in life it’s never too late to understand and embody the worlds of the Fool.

See you soon. Don’t wait for permission – you could wait too long.