My husband, Howard, a theatre director and performer, is about to embark on a year-long Journey into the Heart of the Fool -- via the Nomadic Academy of Fooling (NOA), led by the extraordinary Jonathan Kay. In order to achieve this, we've set up a fund-raising page to help cover the NOA tuition cost, and I hope, dear readers, that some of you might consider contributing. Even the smallest donation will help to get this creative, kind, and lovely man on the road to making magic.
The GoFundMe page is here.
In the video below, filmed in my studio, Howard and I discuss fooling, clowning, Commedia, and a particularly fateful trip to Arizona. A certain hound makes a cameo appearance at the end...and also contributes enthusiastic water-slurping noises in the middle, bless her.
In the spirit of nonsense and foolery, here is some further reading on the subject of tricksters, transgressors, and clowns:
A Chorus of Clowns in Masked Comic Theater by the always-brilliant Midori Snyder
Shaking Up the World: Trickster Tales by me (with a recommended reading list)
Merry Robin: The Native British Trickster by mythic scholar John Matthews
Transgression: a conversation on the subject of tricksters & transgressors
Dare to be Foolish: because all artists need to be fools sometimes
Also, if you're feeling very brave, here's a video clip of the Grey Gnomes, some deucedly odd little characters found infesting Howard's studio a few years ago. Don't worry, we've had the fumigators in since then and they haven't dared to come back....
And of course, any help you can give us in passing on news of the fundraiser would be very, very appreciated by our whole foolish family.
The colour photographs above (except for the last one) are from Howard's work with the Daughters of Elvin medieval music & dance troupe, directed by Katy Marchant. performing in Devon and Northern Ireland. The black and white pictures are of Howard and his Commedia company, Ophaboom Theatre, performing on the streets of Denmark.