Jonathan is the founder of the NOA and has been teaching and leading workshops for more than 30 years, he brings a wealth of experience and insight into the human condition as well as a storehouse of tangible tools, games and exercises to entice you out of the audience of your life.
Whilst performers, clowns, storytellers and musicians will all find inspiration for their stage-craft, the workshops offer a space for anyone to meet their inner fool and benefit wholeheartedly from the boons to be found in those inner landscapes..lawyers, farmers, nurses, and facilitators have all found their personal pot of gold on these workshops.
Having spent over 30 years developing and teaching his “Structure of Fooling”, Jonathan is an adept master at this work. He will cajole, caress and crack open The Fool residing deep within all of us. He will take you gently by the hand and lead you into a discovery of your inner world.
„Challenging. Confrontational. Hilarious. Provided moments of deep healing.“
To join the workshop, you don’t have to have performer aspirations. This suits everyone with an interest to explore themselves and the world of the Fool within a performance space.
Every NOA workshop will emphasise on a certain theme from within the “Structure of Fooling” (please see the poster at the top of this page for the theme to this workshop) but all of the themes will be touched upon during the workshop. An outline of the main themes are below;
‘Look-See –Be-Fly’ allows you to work directly with the emotional landscape we all have in us to discover through short Scenarios, how to use the Stage area to weave a performance.
‘Playing in the Archetypal World’ lets you enter an added dimension that has been lost to traditional theatre, but is used to great effect in improvisation to develop and give depth to the unfolding play.
‘Flip, Twist, Fly’ deals with an increased awareness of how to Flip or change into a different voice, action, persona or to be in a particular place on the stage. Twisting is about being able to be flexible emotionally, mentally and physically.
‘Repertory Company’ is the part of the Structure that offers you an insight into your own travelling repertory company. Who are the personalities that live in you?!
‘Transitions, Play, A play, The Play’ refers to the different places in the performance space where the improvisation can take place.
‘Tableaux, Blob & Twin’ A tableaux is the movement of the performers into a ‘picture’ on the stage, whether this is static or moving. Blobbing is a way of moving in one space together, being as one organism, learning to listen to yourself, each other and space. The Twin effect is about discovering and uncovering your Twin, the part of you might deny, but who is always there beside you.
‘Create or Be Created’ To learn to create is a great gift to give oneself in the performance space. To Create implies power and a sense of self empowerment where as to be Created gives the opposite effect and is at it sounds.