A HISTORY OF SILENCE NEVER DID US ANY GOOD.

You watch porn. Right? You don' t have to tell us. That's not what this is about.

In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.

As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.

Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.

The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.

The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.

 

PREVIOUS DATES

18 November 2017
New Diorama Theatre, London

20 October 2017
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

27 - 30 September 2017
Tron Theatre, Glasgow

20 - 22 September 2017
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2 June 2017
PULSE Festival - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
(shortlisted for 'The Suitcase Prize')

22 March 2017
Camden People's Theatre, London
(presented as part of Sprint 2017)

8 & 9 December 2016
Glue Factory, Glasgow
(work in progress performance)

19 & 21 January 2016
Into The New Festival- Pearce Institute, Glasgow
(initial development)


CAST

Robbie Gordon

CREATIVE TEAM

Writers 
Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon

Director
Jack Nurse

Designer
Catherine McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

Creative Collaborators
Meg Forgan
Nima Sene

Producer
Ailie Crerar (Current) 
Hector Macpherson Brown (Originating)

Images by Beth Chalmers and Jassy Earl Photography

 

 


“Incredibly powerful and innovative” ★★★★ Young Perspective
“Immersive, educational and political […] Wonder Fools have created an impactful and visceral piece of work”  72% The Fountain
“Brave […] Forceful mix of factual information, fictional storytelling, movement and reflection” ★★★ Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman)
"Wonder Fools are talented theatre-makers and it’s exciting to see an emerging theatre company making such a varied piece and doing so with a noticeable confidence” Exeunt Magazine


 

Creating The Coolidge Effect has involved a challenging and lengthy research and development process. Have a look at some snippets of it at our development blog:

 
 

WE ALL COME FROM THE SEA AND BACK TO THE SEA WE WILL GO.

 

CITIZENS THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH WONDER FOOLS

Telling the stories of human kindness behind the headlines, Lampedusa was a sell-out during its premiere run at Soho Theatre in London in 2015.

The Italian island of Lampedusa lies in the Mediterranean between Sicily, Tunisa and Libya. Once, fisherman Stefano made a living here.

Now, he uses his fishing boat to collect the bodies of drowned migrants from the sea. In the UK, Chinese-British student Denise is forced to go door to door for a payday loan company to finance her degree, meeting grinding poverty and racist prejudices as well as small acts of charity.

 

 

We urgently need a proper conversation about migration in this country, and in Europe. 

Anders Lustgarten, 20 March 2015

 

 

DATES

8 November - 18 November 2017

Citizens Theatre


Jack Nurse is supported by the Dewar Arts Award in order to direct this production of Lampedusa


CREATIVE TEAM

Writer
Anders Lustgarten

Director
Jack Nurse

Designer

Alisa Kalyanova

Lighting Designer

Benny Goodman

Composer

Stuart Ramage

Assistant Director

Tess Monro

Associate Director
Robbie Gordon

 


 

 

 

COMRADES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE:
YOU CAN GO PROUDLY. YOU ARE HISTORY.
YOU ARE LEGEND.

WONDER FOOLS IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRUNTON THEATRE

1936. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

This true story follows four miners from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right. 

‘549’, a play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

 

UPCOMING DATES

31 January - 3 February 2018
Prestonpans Town Hall

6 - 10 February 2018
Citizens Theatre
 

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

5 January 2017
Prestonpans Labour Club
(Rehearsed Reading)

1 April 2015
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (work-in-progress)
 


CREATIVE TEAM

Writers
Jack Nurse &
Robbie Gordon

Director
Jack Nurse 

Producer
Ailie Crerar

Designer
Cat McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

April 2015. Old Hairdressers work-in-progress. All images by Jassy Earl Photography


 

'549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’ is currently in development.  To find out about the work going on behind the scenes and our ongoing research into the ‘549’, visit our Development Blog below:

 

TWO BOW-TIE CLAD PERFORMERS.
ONE TYPEWRITER. ONE TABLE. ONE VACANT SEAT.

‘This Is What You Look Like’ is a performance installation where the audience becomes the poet. Inviting passers by to sit down and converse with our performers, conversation quickly turns to their setting, the audience's experience, the atmosphere and it’s beating pulse:

"Who are they now in the world of the festival?
Who can they be tonight?
Who will they be when they have to go home?"

All the while the performers quietly extract eclectic phrases, unusual words and the essence of their thoughts, to create something unique, unexpected and personal.

‘This Is What You Look Like’ is an event/festival based installation for all ages, and all kinds of environments.  Performed in fields, under waterfalls and on dancefloors. 

This installation was initially developed with the National Theatre of Scotland’s LEARN department in The Forge shopping centre, Glasgow.

 

Upcoming Performances

Coming soon.

Previous Performances

July 2017
Citadel Festival, London

19 September 2015
North West Glasgow Arts Trail, Glasgow

21-23 August 2015
Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival,
Stirlingshire

8-9 August 2015
Mugstock Festival, Milngavie

2015, 2016, 2017
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness

2015, 2016, 2017
Kelburn Garden Party, Largs

12-14 June 2015
Eden Festival, Dumfries


CREATIVE TEAM

Created by
Robbie Gordon
& Jack Nurse

Producer
Hector Macpherson Brown

PERFORMERS

Robbie Gordon
Jack Nurse
Stuart Ramage
David Gillan
Daisy Addison
Christie Russell-Brown
Jonathan Burns
Hector Macpherson Brown Perri Armstrong
Owen Sutcliffe

 

 

All images by Jassy Earl Photography