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NOA pilot-project: open Workshops – Frome Weekend + Seven Day Workshop

May 11 @ 10:00 - May 17 @ 17:30

***** PLEASE TAKE NOTE!*****

THE WEEKEND WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE AT THE HUBNUB CENTRE (please click on the venue name for details) AND THEN THEN FROM MONDAY 13th UNTIL FRIDAY 17th THE WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE IN ROOK LANE (again, please click on the venue name for details)

The venue listed below as the location is Rook Lane, but as mentioned above, the workshop starts at the Hubnub centre. The two venues are very close. Just a 5 or 6 minute stroll. Fab!

This workshop is part of the pilot project “Nomadic Academy for Fools – NOA”, which officially starts as a four-year program in summer 2019. But you can join in our pilot Project this year already. So, it is open to the public to join, but you will also get the pleasure of working with Fools who are undertaking and developing as pioneers a full years worth of training with both Jonathan, and Fools that have trained for years under him that are now teaching.

In this workshop, you have two options of Fooling with Jonathan and the NOA. Either join for just the weekend, and dip your toes in to the World of Fooling. Or join for the full seven days for the complete and fully immersive experience.Joining for the weekend gives you an introduction where you can ‘dip your toes into the water’ and find out what it means to Fool on a stage. It gives you the opportunity to experience this foolishness. Once tasted it draws you in to discover a huge world, which you get to play in, create in and find your Fool in.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.

  Helsinki Workshop, October 2018. © Henri Sinisalmi

Continuing on after the weekend, 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.

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.

Participant feedback
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.”
Participant feedback

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.

Workshop Payment OptionsThere are three ways to pay if you would like to join a workshop!

1) EVENTBRITE You can follow the links below to our Eventbrite page and book online now.



2) BANK TRANSFER If you would like to pay directly by bank transfer, please first drop us a line! academynomadic@gmail.com”

Refund policy HERE

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.


May 11 @ 10:00
May 17 @ 17:30
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Rook Lane
Bath Street
Frome, BA11 1DN
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01373 468040


Nomadic Academy For Fools