Established in 2014: Wonder Fools seek unknown and forgotten stories lost in the evolving social landscape of modern Britain that we are able to reshape and make theatre from.
Wonder Fools are a registered Scottish Charity No. SC047673.
Our charitable purpose is to advance the arts and culture within Scotland and beyond.
We strive to create evocative and exhilarating contemporary theatre and performance, in both conventional and out of the ordinary settings.
We seek to make accessible, energetic and engaging work which appeals to both traditional as well as non-traditional audiences. We aim to push the fold of who contemporary theatre and performance can attract and appeal to.
We are fascinated by how theatre and performance can be socially and historically rooted in the landscape and community in which it's made; however big or small. Whether socially, politically or intellectually motivated we strive to carry that principle with us in all of our work.
Working in all sorts of spaces and venues, in our short life we've taken our work to pubs and nightclubs, fields and festivals, not to mention conventional studios and theatres. We have devised and delivered workshops in multiple settings including: schools, community centres and major institutions across Scotland.
We are Wonder Fools.
Jack is a director and theatre-maker and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Jack’s work has been presented in theatres across the UK including the Citizens Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, HOME, New Wolsey Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Arches amongst others.
As a director for Wonder Fools, credits include: 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, McNeill of Tranent: Fastest Man in the World and The Coolidge Effect. Other directing credits include: The Mack (Play, Pie, Pint/ Traverse Theatre); Birthright (VAULT Festival); Lampedusa (Citizens Theatre); O (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Too Fast and Sparkleshark (Fullarton Theatre).
Jack was Resident Director on the UK tour of Dr Dolittle (Music and Lyrics). As an assistant director, Jack’s credits include Oresteia: This Restless House (Citizens Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland), Blackbird (Citizens Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum), Hay Fever (Royal Lyceum/Citizens Theatre) and The Broons (Sell A Door) for which he was Staff Director on its Scottish tour. Jack was also a member of the Almeida Theatre’s inaugural Resident Director Network 2016-17.
Robbie Gordon is a theatre maker: actor, director and facilitator. Co-founder of Wonder Fools, graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is represented by Infinity Artist Management.
All of his work is dedicated to bringing to life rural and untold stories that need to be heard.
Some of his recent work includes: research assistant on Locker Room Talk (Traverse Theatre); writer and director of Between Two Worlds (Conflux); assistant director on Graham McLaren's Dream On (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/BBC Symphony Orchestra); workshop assistant on Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris' we’re here because we’re here (National Theatre of Scotland); actor in a development of Terrible Tales of the Netherworld (Noisemaker); actor in Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre)
He has also worked with organisations and artists such as: Drew Taylor-Wilson, Matthew Lenton, Douglas Maxwell, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, LOOP, Lung Ha, Ipdip Theatre, Playwright Studio Scotland, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Dancehouse, Bluemouth inc. and The Arches.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wonder Fools are governed by a board of trustees, they are:
Robbie Gordon, Barry Henderson, Dominic Hill, Gary McNair, Nima Sene and Jack Nurse.