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John Harrigan
Writer, director, artist and founder of FoolishPeople
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Archetypes form an important aspect of the stories FoolishPeople create. In both the written form that our scripts take but also in the excavation that FP performers undertake to unearth the archetypes that hide deep beneath the flesh, below the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at FoolishPeople
Part I - Madness and Imagination The first in a ten part series sharing 101 things I learnt whilst writing, directing and producing my first feature. Not all ideas are born equal. I completed three screenplays in total before the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at FoolishPeople
I was lucky enough to get an invitation by Ellie of the Stamp Collective to experience their new work Moralgorithm at Theatre Delicatessen. It was a wonderful piece of immersive theatre, that was a pleasure to experience, performed with innocence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at FoolishPeople
In 2001 FoolishPeople was re-emerging from the chrysalis, after an extended break of six years (when I attempted to ignore the scream of my own personal truth.) My first son, Finn had just been born and I had a powerful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at FoolishPeople
Before I started work on the Strange Factories script, I knew I wanted to explore nostalgia and the stories that affected me so profoundly as a child. Their themes and the content of the dreams they instigated were so wondrous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at FoolishPeople
For the last three years, the better part of each waking day has been focused on 'Strange Factories'. Though this isn't a long time in terms of the development of projects within film, for an FP project it seems like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at FoolishPeople
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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at FoolishPeople
This year has rewarded me with many powerful and memorable moments, both creatively and personally. I started the year continuing the post-production for Strange Factories. Strange Factories poster designed by Matt Needle I worked on the edit with Bettina Fung,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at FoolishPeople
Day one in the new office. I'm Looking forward to sharing what's next for FoolishPeople. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at FoolishPeople
The new 'Strange Factories' trailer is here. If you'd like to experience FoolishPeople's 'Theatre of Manifestation', see our work in a live context and can't wait for the 'Strange Factories' tour, FoolishPeople's new immersive event 'Virulent Experience' opens at Conway... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at FoolishPeople
FoolishPeople are currently inviting submissions from artists working in all mediums to create artworks and installations for our forthcoming exhibition, Virulent Experience, a unique collaboration between Conway Hall and FoolishPeople. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at FoolishPeople
London 14/5/12 Announcing – A unique collaboration between Conway Hall and FoolishPeople, Virulent Experience is an immersive theatre and art event that explores the evolution and devolution of ethics, morals and the impact to the mind, imagination and free will... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at FoolishPeople
While organizational pervasive technologies, such as mobile computing, can contribute to increased productivity, their nature can also result in technology addiction. We applied the behavior–environment interface of social cognitive theory to explain several negative familial and organizational consequences of addiction... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at FoolishPeople
‘The police piled into demonstrators from points around the square. Two police vans and a car were driven into the crowd at speed without warning.’ A pressure cooker of anger that had been building up in Britain exploded on the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at FoolishPeople
"New inventions, Wu told his audience, are the seeds that lead to these periods of openness and utopian vision, and they are always accompanied by great hopes for the future—“a sense that things will be different now.” This, he says,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at FoolishPeople
De Fren investigated technosexual culture armed with a curiosity so strong it overpowered any urge to hold her subjects accountable for the strong undercurrent of misogyny running through their desire to make love to an inanimate object, an unreal, stylized... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at FoolishPeople
I hope you're enjoying your explorations of the Schematic and have uncovered some of the secrets hidden within its various rooms. This week FoolishPeople will begin to post the official 'Strange Factories' posters designed by Matt Needle along with Rachael's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at FoolishPeople
The Assignment of Manifestation is complete as we present the Schematic in its entirety at the new Strange Factories website. From today you can explore the next phase of this immersive experience at Here you will find a veritable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at FoolishPeople
Beneath eternal firmamental eyes. Quadrant - 4C - 1 Tear and scratch thy birth Quadrant - 4C - 2 Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at FoolishPeople
A writer, haunted by an idea for a new story hunts for four refugee performers of a theatre destroyed in a mysterious fire. He locates his friends in a remote, pagan settlement founded by Stronheim; owner of a Strange Factory... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at FoolishPeople
Two days until the 'Strange Factories' trailer is unveiled. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at FoolishPeople
Via access to the Radiogram broadcast system citizens of the settlement found the secret location of the Society of Vandals Guild and were invited to the 'Strange Factories' wrap party, where they were the first to view the 'Strange Factories'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at FoolishPeople
"The central aim of Friday's celebration is to foster a beneficial collaboration between two societies. A society of Dreamers and the Society of Vandals. The borders between us have decayed and fallen." Brother Arlec Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at FoolishPeople