“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
The performing fool plays in the moment, giving shape, a form to the drama of life, whether imagined or believed to be reality. Performing artists know how to communicate with an audience, young and old, simple and clever, rich and poor, powerful and vulnerable alike, challenging them off their comfort zone and comforting the challenged.
From solo shows to cabaret spots, stand up comedy to art installations, from puppets to masks, storytelling to feedback theatre. From groups of fools to a single player on an empty stage.
A Fool can be an actor, but an actor cannot necessarily be a fool. The fool is the inner ‘player’, the Master of Ceremonies for the many masks we have inside. This player is present whether delivering a speech or playing high drama in a lavish set. The performing fool can ‘play’ a fool or any other character because this fool is aware and in touch with all the inner selves that make up any character.