Stories are born to instigate dreams and desires, that in turn give birth to new stories.
If you’ve taken part in one of FoolishPeople’s immersive theatre events you understand that hunting for the truth of the story is an exciting aspect of the audience’s journey within the ritual.
But before the ritual even begins, FP performers are in many ways engaged in their own immersive adventures, as they track, hunt and unravel the essence of who they are within their own story.
Unearthing personal truth forms an important aspect in the creation of the stories FoolishPeople tell. In both the written form our scripts take and in the excavation that FP performers undertake to delve into the stories hidden within their own lives, deep below the layers of seemingly random events that form human existence.
There is of course no easy route or short cut to learn the truth of who we are.
Society plays its part, reinforcing smooth surfaced stereotypes and easy roles, enforcing and convincing us of who we think we must become.
The hidden truth of each human story is far more interesting.
Not one of us is born to fit into an easy box. We have sharp edges, are strangely shaped and cast interesting shadows.
This is just one of the living components of ‘Theatre of Manifestation’, FoolishPeople’s working practice.
Beneath every inherited identity there exists a far more unique creature, waiting to climb through the ossified nature of who we’re taught to be. When you learn the truth of your own story with its strange and bizarre meanings and connections, you realise that sometimes you must be a brutal bastard if you are to find your own truth.
People are living works of art, waiting to share what they are with the world. We all want to be heard and understood and not in the manner of some brief cursory glance, we want to be deeply understood. To feel valued and worthwhile.
The reason why ‘Theatre of Manifestation’ engages in such a thorough examination of our own personalities is to learn how mythic desires play out through the days and years of our lives. Each performer needs to understand their true intent if they are to offer our audience a true and honest account of their own experience. This work can take years and years and never really ever ends. Even after you’ve left this world, someone may engage in the pursuit of understanding who you really were. How often does a child ponder this question of their own parents? Attempting to divine what part this played in their own creation.
FoolishPeople understands that if we are to offer audiences access to the true power of storytelling, we must be honestly engaged in the telling of our own stories.
FoolishPeople’s work is born of ritual, and continues a story that began at the dawn of human experience.