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Drama Camp 2018 and plans afoot
For its ninth year, Drama Camp has a brand new home. We’re delighted that our annual holiday run in partnership with SU Scotland will be the first ever week-long event at SU’s new centre, Gowanbank House. You can find out more about Gowanbank here, and if you’d like to pray for our event, there’s some information to help you here. If you are in or around Strathaven on the evening of Friday 10 August, why not join the audience for a performance of School of Shakespeare by Adrienne Ferguson (and featuring a bit of the bard too!). It’s at 7.30pm at Strathaven Town Mill Theatre. Doors open at 7pm – we’d love to see you there.
We’re also raising money to redesign our website. We want to make more resources and writing available to people via an online shop, and to refresh the look of the site. If you’d like to help us by making a contribution, you can do so by going to our fundraising page. Any amount helps, and if you can GiftAid it, we get an extra 25%.
New for 2018!
In 2018 we are launching a series of masterclasses, aimed at bringing together young performers (16+) with the aim of helping them gain skills and build community. The first Foolproof Masterclass will take place on 27 January 2018 at Adelaide Place Baptist Church, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow from 2-4pm.
The first Masterclass will concentrate on Audition Technique and Monologues. As well as gaining input and advice from experienced professional actors, participants will have the chance to work on a monologue or audition piece on the day. There will also be a time of worship and reflection and the opportunity to get to know other performers. The event is open to Christians, and to people who wouldn’t claim to hold a faith perspective but are interested in finding out more about God.
Spaces are limited and admission costs £5. Please wear comfortable clothing, and if you would like to work on your audition pieces email us in advance and bring a copy of the script with you on the day. Tickets can be ordered (free of charge) via Eventbrite with the £5 admission payable on the day.
Drama Camp 2017
Foolproof is all packed up and ready to go! Drama Camp 2017, our annual drama holiday for teenagers run in partnership with SU Scotland is happening from 22-29 July at Lendrick Muir, near Kinross. This year we’ll be performing a selection of Grimm’s Fairytales and devising our own piece of backstage drama, all to be performed in Kinross on Friday 28 July. We’re looking forward to a bigger camp than ever, with 26 young people booked onto the event and a fantastic team of enthusiastic leaders to help them have the best holiday ever. As well as drama, we’ll be looking at the I AM statements in John’s gospel, taking part in loads of fun activities, participating in workshops and general enjoying a brilliant holiday. If you’d like to pray for this event, then you can download our Prayer letter 2017, and if you’d like to attend our final performance, please get in touch via the Foolproof office for more information.
For the past 9 months we’ve been working with The Cathedral Players on a production of a new play called ‘Something Familiar’. Written by Fiona Stewart and developed in rehearsal with the cast, we’re now delighted that the group will stage two public performances of the production on 2 June 2017.
Join The Cathedral Players for an afternoon or evening of comedy, family tension and coach holiday fun.
Harry Isaacs is taking his entire family on a holiday to the Cotswalds. His wife Judy can’t understand his newfound enthusiasm for coach trips, his mother is keeping an eye on Harry’s business partner, Eddie, and nobody knows why deaf old Mrs Angelo has been invited. Perhaps Harry is up to something…and perhaps some of the family know more than they are letting on.
In October 2016 we enjoyed a fabulous evening of entertainment and celebration of Foolproof’s work. Around 70 people gathered at Drygate in Glasgow to sample some drama, music and get a flavour of how Foolproof invests in the lives of young performers. There are some photos of the event over on our Facebook page, where you’ll also find some information about how you can support our ongoing work. Thanks to everyone who took part and to Tennant’s for hosting us. If you didn’t manage along, then make sure you keep in touch so you don’t miss out next time!
We’re delighted that Fraser Lockhart has decided to come and work with Foolproof in 2016/17. Fraser is no stranger to our work, having spent some time on work experience with us (see right) and being a graduate of our annual Drama Holiday. He’ll be working in Glasgow with Fiona Stewart and Edinburgh with Philip Todd, taking part in regular activities as well as performing across Scotland.
Alongside his internship with Foolproof, Fraser is participating in the Arts and Media stream of Cairn Training
Hub, so it’s going to be a busy year for him. We’re delighted to welcome him onboard! If you’d like to help Fraser raise the support he needs to work with us, you can do it through our Give.net fundraising page.
In the meantime, we say goodbye to our 2015/16 interns, Fergus Munro and Rachel Barr. They’ve been a great asset to the team and we’ll miss them both very much but we look forward to working with them again soon!
We are now fully connected
After moving our centre of operations to Glasgow in 2015 we’ve taken a few months to get settled, but we’re delighted to confirm that we can now be contacted by telephone as well as all our usual platforms.
The new office at Challenge House in Glasgow has a great view over the M8 motorway, and a fantastic storage space for all our props and costumes. We still have an office in Edinburgh at Oxgangs Path. Neither office is staffed full-time so the best way to contact us is to leave a message by email or phone and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Details of how to get in touch can be found on our Contact page, but in case you can’t even wait long enough to click, the new number is 07568 445284.
Life After Foolproof
We’re delighted (and a little sad) that Cameron Potts, one of our longest serving associate actors, has got a job on the high seas. Cameron, who studied at Queen Margaret University and trained at Guildford School of Acting, and was one of the lead actors in Foolproof’s production of ‘Help Yourself’, will be touring as a lead vocalist around the Eastern seaboard and the Caribbean over the coming months. It’s a hard life. You can read more about what he’s going to be doing here. Obviously we want him do amazingly well and use the talent he’s been given to the best of his ability, but we secretly hope that he might come back and work with us again soon! Meanwhile, the rest of us continue to use our gifts in a slightly more dreich setting…
New for Christmas 2015!
Foolproof has partnered with Muddy Pearl and LICC to produce a set of four short films of poems from Mark Greene’s brilliant and beautiful book Adventure. The book contains 25 poems which offer a compelling invitation into the drama, wonder and mystery of the Christmas story. We filmed Mark, Fiona and Odele reading four of them, and we’d love you to watch and enjoy them, or perhaps download them for use in your church this Christmas. The book of 25 poems is a good choice of gift this Christmas, and there’s still time to order online from Muddy Pearl. You can find the films on our Resources page, or view them on the Creative Fools YouTube channel.
Autumn 2015 was a season of change for Foolproof Creative Arts. We relocated our main office to Glasgow where Fiona Stewart is based, and are working with a new Associate Artist, Philip Todd, to continue our work in Edinburgh. You can read more about Philip on the Foolproof Team page and many of you will recognise him from his performance as Tony/David in Help Yourself in 2014 and 2015. We’re delighted that Philip has joined the team as he brings a wealth of experience in theatre, film and youth work and a passion for what we do. The vision for Foolproof has always been to grow a company of artists and performers who want to use their gifts and talents to encourage creativity and promote community, and this expansion is a step towards seeing this vision come to fruition!
Edinburgh Fringe 2015
Foolproof has reworked its highly successful Fringe show Help Yourself for 2015. This year the show is part of the Just Festival as well as the Fringe. The show had great reviews in 2014, and this year’s script is tighter, slicker and includes a new section on the hot topic of human trafficking. Tickets are selling fast, so avoid disappointment by booking now through the Edfringe website or at the Just Festival box office at Central Hall. You can also follow our progress as we prepare for the show by reading our show blog, or following our Help Yourself facebook and twitter accounts.
We’d love you spread the word about our show to your friends. If you’re in the media and interested in knowing a bit more about the company and the show, you can download a Media Release here.
Look forward to catching up with you at the show!
Edinburgh Fringe 2014
In the Summertime…
Foolproof loves the summer holidays (& not just because of the ice cream eating opportunities). 2015 is a bumper year with two SU holidays, a fantastic Fringe show and an opportunity to do some drama with young people in Stirling. There are still spaces available at Centre Stage, our brand new holiday for P6-S2 campers, run in partnership with SU Scotland. If you know anyone who might be interested in this, click on the link, download the form and pass it on.
A Big Night Out for People Who Secretly Like Staying In
Our weekly crafting group, Granny Green’s Big Night Out, goes from strength to strength. Now in its 5th year, the group has moved around the city over the years and has now settled at Bert’s Bar in William Street. We’re not sure what the locals make of the invasion of 21 knitters, crocheters and patchworkers on Monday evenings, but we’re feeling at home. We also meet monthly for brunch on the first Sunday of the month. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in joining us then you can find out more information at the Granny Green’s website.
This Christmas we don’t have a theatre team in place so Fiona, our Creative Director, is performing lots of monologues…there are angels, elves, innkeeper’s wives all available to book for your Christmas events. Get in touch with us if you’re interested!
Meantime, places are available on our Gap Year scheme for 2015/16. If you’re interested in applying then please check out our ‘Who Are We?‘ page where you’ll find links to the application process. Don’t leave this angel alone for another Christmas…sign up now!
Edinburgh Fringe Latest
Tickets are selling fast for Foolproof’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show, Help Yourself. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets now through the Edfringe website. There are after-show discussions on Thursday 7th, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August with refreshments available in the Central cafe.
We’d love you spread the word about our show, so you can download an E-flyer here and share it with your friends. If you’re in the media and interested in knowing a bit more about the company and the show, you can download our Help Yourself Press Release Aug2014 here.
Edinburgh Fringe 2014
At the Edinburgh Fringe this year, we are offering something bigger, louder and more thought-provoking than ever. Join us as we take a sideways look at injustice at home and abroad. Devised by the cast and previewing at this year’s Fringe, the show attacks big issues with comedy, music and drama. Be empowered to take on the world!
Presented in partnership with International Justice Mission UK and Tearfund Scotland, there will also be after-show discussions for interested audience members.
We are so excited for the fringe show this year. It’s going to cover some really hard-hitting yet exciting stories from around the world. If you want to stay up to date with our progress, you can find out more on our blog or follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram.
This is a busy term for Foolproof. In addition to running our regular groups (Granny Green’s, Grassroots Theatre and Glee), the Foolproof team spent a week in North Berwick High School performing and leading classes. Next month we’re looking forward to a week in Berwickshire High School, Duns in March.
If you’re interested in crafting and would like to find out what’s happening at Granny Green’s, then do check out the blog – there you’ll find information about our project for Knit-A-Square, a charity providing blankets for HIV/Aids orphans in South Africa. In the past 4 months the Granny Greeners have knitted and crocheted the height of Greyfriar’s Bobby in squares!
We’re thinking ahead with plans underway for our Drama Camp in July and Fringe Show in August (keep your eyes peeled for announcements about this!). In 2014/15 we’d like to put on a number of productions so we’re looking for people to help us do that. Recruitment is ongoing for our gap year programme, run in partnership with SU Scotland, but we’re also hoping to offer a number of flexible ways of working with us. If you are a performer or involved in the arts and might be interested in working with us at some stage please get in touch.
Edinburgh Fringe 2013 – Calotype
We had a great run of our Fringe show, Calotype, with packed audiences most nights. Researching the play was fascinating and the final production, which included stories of the Great Disruption, social reform in the 19th century and the early days of photography, attracted a lot of interest from audience members. Claire Fleck designed a beautiful set and everyone was engaged in watching the process of calotypography being done each night. We had good reviews for the show, but our favourite came from a teenage audience member who was heard to remark that, having learned a lot and been entertained, she felt it was like a healthy snack – delicious and nutritious!
We’d love to put the show on at some point during the winter, perhaps offering a small tour to churches across Scotland. If you might be interested in hosting a production of Calotype, please contact us.
During the Fringe we were also delighted to partner with Central and Saltmine Theatre to host two shows – A Long Road Home and Love Struck. These shows were both well received.
Fiona’s Big Swim
At the beginning of September our new gap year student, Kirsty Geddes, officially started work with us. After two weeks of intensive training with the rest of SU gap year team at Alltnacriche, she arrived in our office ready to go. Kirsty has just finished school, and wants to study drama professionally. She has already performed with Foolproof at Global Student Forum in Perth and in Hyndland Secondary School. She’ll be working with Grassroots Theatre and also with the Glee club at Pentlands on a regular basis, as well as joining in with all the bigger one-off events we have planned this year. Another exciting venture for Kirsty is a trip to Ukraine with SU in February, where she and the other members of the SU team will work with ‘Open Bible’ for ten days. Kirsty will also be joining the team for Drama Camp next summer, and will have a part in our next Edinburgh Fringe show!
Calling all dramatic types! – POSTPONED
Our third afternoon of dramatic fun will take place on Sunday 9 June 2013 and is open to anyone in the Edinburgh area who wants to meet other Christian performers and gain new skills. Our venue, as before, is Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP between 2pm and 5pm.
This month we’ll be focussing on how to create dramatic writing so we’ll be beginning to devise some work together and looking at some scripts participants have already written. If you are thinking of coming, and have any scripts you’d like us to workshop (they don’t have to be finished) please contact the Foolproof office on [email protected] or 0131 228 9477. Alternatively, you can bring copies of your script on the day.
As before, we will be asking for a donation to cover costs of £5 (£3 concession) per head which will include tea, coffee and cold drinks (and maybe even cake!).
This term, Foolproof has lots going on and we’ll be out and about across Scotland. Keep an eye on our facebook page and twitter feed for regular updates. On 16th February, we are looking forward to taking part in the annual INTERFACE Conference run by Morphé Arts at Leith School of Art. We’ll be leading a workshop for performers. For more details about INTERFACE, go to the Morphé Arts website.
Later in the term, the Foolproof Theatre team will be in Kirkcaldy, taking part in a Personal Search Week at Viewforth High School. The team will be leading classes and performing. During the week running up to Easter, we’ve been invited to Argyll, where we will be leading Easter-themed drama workshops in a number of primary schools local to Dunoon.
Meanwhile, back in the office, we’re busy preparing for this summer’s drama holiday at Lendrick Muir and our 2013 Fringe show. As part of the Fringe, we’re delighted to be partnering with Saltmine Theatre and possibly collaborating on some workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for more details in due course!
Don’t forget that applications are still open for Gap:foolproof, our one year volunteer internship. If you, or someone you know, is interested in spending a year with Foolproof, then take a look at the SU Gap website. The first date for interview and audition is 23rd February, so applications before that date are particularly welcome.
This autumn, Foolproof has been running 2 Gleeful clubs in Oxgangs – one at the Pentland Centre for teenagers and one in Pentland Primary School. Check out our Music page for details. We also continued our partnership with Grassmarket Community Project as Grassroots Theatre moved to a new time slot – Tuesdays from 2-4pm. Meanwhile, Granny Green’s met every Monday between 6 and 8pm at Red Squirrel on Lothian Road. For information about any of these regular events, please contact the office on 0131 228 9477.
It’s been a busy summer for Foolproof and it’s time to catch our breath before launching into our Autumn programme of regular groups and one-off events. In July we had a fabulous time at Drama Camp with 20 teenagers and a great team of volunteers. On the last day, the campers performed a version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and a devised piece they’d written themselves. Lots of potential Foolproof interns present…! Bookings for next year’s Drama Holiday will open at the end of September.
We then went into rehearsal for our sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, The Society of Ethical Cat Burglars, directed by former intern, Jo Rush and performed by the Foolproof Theatre team.
Since then we’ve had a day at Global Student Forum with our friends from the Vine Trust, a weekend away with Catterline Community Church and said good-bye to Kirsty and Steph, who have now finished their year with us. We’re missing them already.
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
We had an amazing run at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, with the show being fully booked all week! We absolutely loved playing the characters of Jenny, Maggie and Liza. Thanks to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
The Society of Ethical Cat Burglars
When three respectable professionals decide to spice up their evenings with a spot of breaking and entering they get more than they bargained for. Join Edinburgh-based Foolproof Theatre on an excursion into the uncharted territory of extreme lifestyle tourism where the vicarious thrill of observing how the other half lives comes at an unexpected price. This thought-provoking comedy with a twist will leave you laughing, locking your windows and looking over your shoulder to check if there’s anyone watching.
A View From The Fridge…Muriel Mackenzie Takes Stock