Stagecraft of The Fool


Although the Foolish stage is empty, for the purposes of Foolish theatre it is divided into 3 working spaces, where different aspects of Foolish theatre play out. These areas are used by the players for different aspects of their work. They also correspond to the foolish “stages” of theatre.

  1. Front of Stage

On a traditional theatre stage, it’s the area in front of the curtain. This is at an intimate distance to the audience. This is where the fool converses with the audience. It is least theatrical, most personal, most intimate and most “real”. The fool can talk to individuals, groups or the whole audience at this distance. The fool appears most normal and human. This is traditionally where stand-ups work from.

  1. Mid Stage

This is where the play occurs. It is more theatrical. This is where we move to when we Capitulate. Initially, this is where the set is mapped out in Demonstration.

  1. The Back of the stage

This is where the archetypes operate. In Greek theatre, this is where the gods appear from, the deus ex machina. Here the fool is least human, and most archetypical. This is the realm of emotion simpliciter. Or the realm of the platonic concepts. Or god-like concepts. This is the realm of the archetypes, for example, lust, love, Pan, Intellect, fury, King. It is the realm of Sacred, Scared and Scarred.