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  • May
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On May 16th All The Kings Fools was given the award for Educational Initiative at the National Museum and Heritage Wards 2012, at a ceremony in the West End of London. We were chosen from literally hundreds of projects across the country and commended by the judges for the quality of the performances.

Five of the six actors came to the dinner and they all gave acceptance speeches before a room packed full of the most influential people in British museums.

This is brilliant news for everyone who worked so hard to bring the work to Hampton Court and will raise the profile of the work so that more people hear about it, visit the website and get a chance to see the videos.

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Review From Julie McNamara

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  • Oct
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We Received tehfollowing review of the show from Julie McNamara, who is a much respected theatre maker and arts practioner( http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/rfo/julie-mcnamara/ and www.juliemc.com ):

This is an extraordinary production, really well researched and very carefully thought through to ensure actors with learning difficulties retain creative control. I loved every minute of it. The audience’s engagement moved from wonderment, curiosity to glee. It’s so subversive. This kind of public event in the midst of a family day out at one of the monuments to British tourism has the capacity to change social attitudes, raise the profile of disabled actors and artists and take us back to the revered position that ‘innocents’ or ‘natural fools’ most certainly enjoyed during the reign of King Henry VIII. Food for thought! Well done to all involved.

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Succesful project conclusion

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  • Oct
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We returned from Hampton Courton Wednesday having completed four days of performances before the public and two especially for school groups.

The sense of play which the actors had and the professional approach they brought to the work were both incredible and the shows went down extremely well. All the feedback we have had so far have been very positive indeed.

As well as the performancesHampton Courtorganised two conferences, or symposiums, while we were there. On Thursday 6th for professional historians and on Friday 7th for Museum, heritage and disability arts professionals. Both of these were really successful and all the people who cam to them also saw the actors’ performances. The feedback from these two groups was very positive indeed.

 

We now have to look at all the feedback from everyone who filled out one of our questionnaires and also fromHampton Courtand the Wellcome Trust – who jointly funded the production.

Meanwhile, the video of the event should be available online soon. For the moment enjoy the pictures in the gallery.

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Day Four

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  • Oct
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Day Three at Hampton Court

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  • Oct
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We have not been able to blog for the first two days because we couldn’t get online, but now here we are at day three.

Everyone is really glad to be back and the shows are really exciting – the audiences are realy enjoying the shows and the performances are very popular.
The Presentations in the Great Hall are also going well and the video crew were in the Palace yesterday, so watch this site for the video when it is edited. You can view the photos from day three in the gallery

Meanhile, there is still a day left to see the work at Hampton Court. See you there tomorrow.

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All The Kings Fools

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  • Sep
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Here is a page written by the people involved in the All the King’s Fools performances. After you have read the blogs you can click on the link at the bottom and write your comments.

If you saw the performance we would love to hear from you. We have included the audience response forms on this website as Microsoft word documents. If you saw the show and did not have time to fill one in, please feel free to do so now and email it to us at info@allthekingsfools.co.uk or leave a comment on the site here.

If you have explored our website and would like to say something about it, we would also love to hear it.

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Directors Blog

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  • Sep
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There hasn’t been time to blog since being that Hampton Court, but we have just finished our run of shows for the public and I am amazed at the quality of work that the actors produced, show after show.

When we arrived, we knew that the work we had done in the rehearsal room was of high quality, the question was – how would it go down at Hampton Court, and how would the public like it?

The initial feed back was excellent and that the shows got better day after day. As the actors got used to performing at the palace, they found the play in the shows again and really relished the opportunities to improvise.

We were excellently supported by members of the regular team who perform at Hampton Court who set the context of the ‘natural’ fools and allowed our actors the space to really explore their interpretation of the historic performances of sixteenth century fools.

We shall be posting pictures as soon as possible and hope to have video of the work up in a few weeks.

Watch this space!