Early Bird!

Berlin – Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September. We Small Huddle of Fools – Intensive Weekend Workshop

190.00 150.00



Schönfließer Straße 7
10439 Berlin


We Small Huddle of Fools – The Intensive Group Workshop

Jonathan Kay is a 21st Century Fool.

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.

         Jonathan Kay teaching @ Carboard Citizens, London. © Jeremy Whelehan

In September 2018, Kay launched his theatre company the Nomadic Academy for Fools (NOA). Training takes place over a 12 month period, with the students meeting for an intensive two week period every six weeks, in different cities throughout Europe. After last years auditions in Berlin and London, all places for the 2018 year were filled. Auditions for the coming year took place in July 2019, and once again the year will be full.

 “Jonathan is one of the very best teachers I’ve worked with. What I learn with him causes me to change in ways I didn’t know I needed to, and breaks down the barrier between “me” and “life” so that I have frequent access to the ecstatic experience of disappearing completely into a blissful oneness with everything.”   S. Diemert, Berlin workshop 2018

The We Small Huddle of Fools workshop is a very rare chance to work directly with Jonathan Kay in a more intimate environment. The NOA workshops are open to the public, as well as being attended by the first and second year groups training within NOA. This means there can often up to 25 people taking part. The large groups have a strong dynamic that benefits the process and the training, however some people value the chance to have more personal feedback from Kay in a more intimate environment.

These independent workshops are held in classes with a maximum of eight people. The participants benefit from a consistent opportunity to work and challenge themselves daily, and to progress beyond what they thought possible in a short period of time. Working directly with Jonathan Kay, this small handful of people will benefit from an in depth and fully immersive workshop experience.

Helsinki Workshop, October 2018. ©Henri Sinisalmi

In this intensive workshop, Jonathan will be entering into some of seven levels of the structure of Fooling. The structure provides tools and a direct means of opening to these transformative qualities that The Fool can offer us.

This way of theatre is specific to the art of improvised performance using the Fool archetype, because you could say that only a Fool would get up out of the audience, into a space with no props, set design or script and start to perform a play.

This is a fantastic chance to experience a taste of various levels of the structure at a level the weekend workshops do not allow. All of the workshops depend on the participants, and how much they are willing to give. Some of the areas that will be covered are outlined below;

‘Look – See – Be – Fly’ allows you to work directly with the emotional landscape we all have in us to discover through short scenarios. You will learn 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.

 Jonathan Kay – S. Korean Workshop, September 2018. © Sunkyung Cho 

‘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 which 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 whereas to be Created gives the opposite effect and is at it sounds.

Jonathan Kay 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.

These workshops run from 10.00 – 17.30 / 18.00 with an hour for lunch.