FoolishPeople

is creating dreamlike worlds for you to explore and inhabit.

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  • Reveal and access the FoolishPeople Patreon feed, including  exclusive monthly posts on the development of our new feature film and whatever else we're up to.
  • Receive the FoolishPeople Patreon Newsletter.
  • A heartfelt thanks to you our audience for supporting our art.
FOOLISHPEOPLE FAMILY MEETINGS
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  • Once a month we will host a live chat, where you can ask us anything and get updates on all of our projects.
  • 10% off tickets for any of our workshops (Ritual Art, Writing, Meditation, Creativity.)
  • First Access to 'Behind The Scene' Footage.
  • Access the Patreon FoolishPeople Facebook Group. Only available to Patreon Supporters.
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ZEN AND THE ART OF FILMMAKING
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  • Invitations to private screenings and performances.
  • Zen and the Art of Filmmaking, receive a PDF copy of 101 Things I  learnt writing and directing our first feature film by John Harrigan.
  • Exclusive Patron-Only Competition to win prizes such as artworks, tickets and free workshops 
  • Access to Patreon only content.
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About

Our mission is to create stories that have the power to change lives. Tales that offer insight on the truth of the human condition. Stories have the power to open a sacred space, where we might experience the numinous.

Welcome to the FoolishPeople Patreon Page.

Who are FoolishPeople?

FoolishPeople are a group of storytellers who actively engage audiences through film, ritual theatre and books. We are one of the earliest pioneers in the realm of immersive theatre and we were founded in 1989 by John Harrigan. The stories we manifest are infamous for breaking boundaries and opening the border between performer and audience.

For over thirty years we've developed new methodologies to imagine, create and manifest living dreamworlds, which audiences are free to investigate, explore and inhabit. Once inside a FoolishPeople performance, you’re free to choose your own journey, with the autonomy and power to alter the flow of the narrative. This challenges our habitual ways of experiencing stories in a passive manner. It’s a life changing experience to exist within a Theatre of Manifestation, a landscape where dreams come to life. 



Why Patreon?


Patreon gives us the tools to connect with our audience, and make them central to what happens next. We have so many stories we want to tell. We want to experiment and create work for a world that needs new stories. Stories of hope and purpose. Stories that offer the truth. Stories that confront lies.

The first forms of storytelling: folk tales, fairy stories and myths offer a powerful framework of shared experience, which empower the bond between audience and storyteller. We believe that there’s still more that can be achieved by using the power of stories; fables are tools which can shape the future of mankind.

For the next stage of our journey, we will engage you in the creative process, to create new works that investigate what it is to be human at this moment in history.

Your patronage enables us to do that... 



2019 - ARMAGEDDON GOSPELS and LIGHTSHIPS

Armageddon Gospels - our second feature film is due for release in early 2020. This project was funded and produced with the support of you, our Patreon audience, during Borderland: Season One. Armageddon Gospels completed post production work in February 18, and since then has received two awards during the film festival season 2018/2019.

Best Director Award - Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2018 - John Harrigan
Cagliostro Award (Best storytelling) - First Hermetic International Film Festival 2019

Armageddon Gospels was represented by Crossing the Screen at the Marché du Film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. 



Lightships - is a feature film co-production between GHRL Ltd and F00lishPe0ple. We filmed Lightships throughout January and are currently deep in post production. It is the third feature film written and directed by John Harrigan, and is based on the book Remembrance by author Maryann Rada. Through Patreon we will share our journey to make Lightships with you.



During this season we will continue to share knowledge and personal experiences through articles, workshops, Q&As and social gatherings. You'll be able to learn how and why we create our work.

You will have access to films, scripts, sounds, images from projects which span the last thirty years of FoolishPeople's existence.

Which brings us to the central theme of season three on the FP patreon.

2019 marks 30 Years of F00lishPe0ple

We are proud of our journey over the last thirty years. We’ve met so many incredible audience members and artists. We are immensely grateful to be able to continue sharing stories with you. To celebrate our anniversary, we are planning a new special event. Our Patrons will be in for a surprise.



Why do we need your money?

Creating art of any kind can be expensive. Stories that don't fit into easily definable forms are harder to fund. Independent filmmaking requires a great deal resources and support. This is made even more complex and difficult if you create work which aims to offer a numinous or spiritual experience.

We invest all of the money we earn from our work back into FoolishPeople, directly into current or new projects.

By supporting us on Patreon you will enable us to create new stories and projects. Your support will help us grow and expand the horizon of possibilities and create new forms of work, that excite and place you at the centre of the experience.



MORE ABOUT OUR PAST WORK

STRANGE FACTORIES
Strange Factories was FoolishPeople's first feature. Written and directed by John Harrigan and shot deep in the Czech countryside. For over two years, FoolishPeople toured Strange Factories, as part of a haunted and live immersive screening, to the oldest and most historic independent cinemas in the UK. Strange Factories was featured in Wired and Filmmaker magazine.

"This film not only frightens, but also inspires—neither of which are very easy to accomplish" — Ain't it Cool News

“The production fuses the haunting, authentic dreamworlds of David Lynch and the theatrical philosophies of Antonin Artaud....to create a vivid and disturbing reality to powerfully draw in the audience.”   — Nick Dawson, Filmmaker Magazine Fall 2013 Issue

"An amazing achievement. I found the entire night an inspiring and beautiful experience from start to finish. It felt like a hundred different storytelling techniques were used, drawn from the past few centuries and woven together to explore the age old questions of what art is. " — Neil McComb Alt Entertainer



A RED THREATENING SKY
An immersive Valentine’s event combining performance, art installation and investigative interaction to create Club Aethereus; a strange and surreal underworld of Gnostic Noir. A place where crime, passion, the sacred and profane all cast one shadow.

" Anyone who has lived at all will find moments that will be personally painful but this is a fascinating experience and it is performed with such reality by the actors that it is totally absorbing." — British Theatre Guide

“Conceived by FoolishPeople's Artistic Director John Harrigan, the detail and beauty of this work is spellbinding, so that at times one loses all sense of where the performance begins and the truth ends.” — ★★★★★ Gabriella Apicella.

CIRXUS
Cirxus explored the history of Sellafield, the worlds first commercial Nuclear Power Station through the prism of a lost circus, trapped in the mouth of the Black Pool.

Cirxus opened at the Arcola theatre in London UK and received five star reviews.

" Cirxus is a place of the unknown and should remain so for those of you yet to enter this demented playground.”— ★★★★ Rachel Sheridan, What's on Stage on 'Cirxus'
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