Announced this week: five new projects come from the young Glasgow Company as they, along with most of the country, rewrite their diary for 2020. Stories to Connect Us is an entire season of digital work from Wonder Fools, with three completely new pieces of storytelling: Secret Private World, Home Made and The New Normal.
A reworked audio version of The Coolidge Effect will be available from July and the theatre company’s sold out Scottish touring show 549: Scots of the Civil War will be available for a limited time to watch online, with a new intro from the team explaining why they’ve decided to share the archive footage online. The online premiere with a Q&A will take place on June 30.
Wonder Fools co-founder, Jack Nurse commented:
“Wonder Fools were set for 2020 being the most productive, far reaching and artistically challenging yet. With the advent of COVID19, we have put our planned live shows on the backburner and turned our attention to creating digital work that directly speaks to today. At heart, we are a company that tells stories and have always experimented with different forms – Stories to Connect Us is no different.
“We can’t wait to be back in theatres again but for now we are excited for audiences to interact with some of our favourite old shows in new ways and to create brand new work for the first time in two years. We hope the season will utilise the possibilities of digital forms and through the stories we have chosen to tell offer audiences great entertainment and, above all, a sense of connection for these isolated times.”
Online from Tuesday July 28 a new audio version of Wonder Fools’ play, The Coolidge Effect, starring Robbie Gordon & Jamie Marie Leary, (written by Gordon and Nurse) will be available for download. Having toured extensively across the UK through 2016 – 2018 the show explores the impact of pornography addiction on people’s mental health. Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists The Coolidge Effect has become an even more relevant conversation as we sit at home behind our screens.
At its core, The Coolidge Effect is a story about isolation and the importance of connection, the new audio version features a powerful and upbeat score written for the show by VanIves.
549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War will be shared through archive footage from one of the most joyous nights on the UK tour. Available to watch on Tuesday June 30. Filmed live in an Ayrshire town hall, the recording celebrates the raw power of rural touring and community, and tells the story of a moment in our history where international solidarity and hope stood up in the face of oppressive fascism. The need for this story to be retold regrettably continues today. Wonder Fools hope to reach more of the families of the 549 who were unable to see it on tour in 2019, inviting them to contact the team directly to share their stories email@example.com. A huge archive of information gathered around the project of 549 men who traveled from Scotland to support the anti-facist movement in Spanish Civil War is continually being built at 549.scot.
The three projects that will be announced in more detail through the course of summer 2020 include, The New Normal, a collection of monologues created by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Young Company which tell the stories of those people most profoundly affected by the pandemic.
A co-production with MGA Academy, Home Made looks at how our relationship to home evolves as we move out into the world. Created on zoom with the final year acting students – what home means seems very poignant, especially right now.
Finally, Secret Private World is a new thriller by Wonder Fools to be serialised as a six-part podcast. Set in lockdown Glasgow, the familiar story of gazing out windows, staring at the same walls, watching the rubbish pile up, will come to life with fictional James, as our narrator. Whilst creating narratives in his head about the lives of his neighbours he notices something, a peculiar incident nobody else seems to notice.
Further information about this impressive season of work from the independent theatre company coming through summer 2020.
For images, interview requests and further info please contact Miriam at Storytelling PR firstname.lastname@example.org 07825642225 (and hopefully the rest of the team soon!)
Listings Stories to Connect Us
The Coolidge Effect – available 28 June 2020
549: Scots of the Civil War – viewing on Tuesday 30 June, tickets available via the website on a ‘pay-what-you-can’ basis alongside a live Q&A with the creative team. Fundraising around the re-run of 549 Scots of the Civil War will see 50% of money raised going directly to the cast and creative team behind 549.
Home Made – to be announced
Secret Private World – to be announced
New Normal – to be announced
Wonder Fools Team
Robbie Gordon co-founder / co-writer/ performer
Jack Nurse co-founder / co-writer/ director
Steph Connell producer
549: Scots of the Civil War on tour was ‘in association with Citizens Theatre and the Brunton supported by Ayr Gaiety’. The Peggy Ramsey Foundation is supporting Secret Private World.