The Medieval Fool - Medieval Jester / Fool
This is a fool of international repute, having performed all over the UK and Europe. He is a regular performer at Hampton Court Palace and has also appeared at the Tower of London, and at – among others – Stirling, Cardiff and Caerphilly Castles. In 2002 and 2012 he was fortunate enough to perform for Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In 2005 he became the official English Heritage National Jester.
He has researched the nature of fooling and the history of the Fool and has devised a character which is as engaging as it is comical. Using the character of the traditional English Fool who ‘hath not so much brains as earwax’ he embodies the very spirit of Folly. Equally at home at a castle, manor house or hotel, he is guaranteed to spread motley mayhem all around.
Capable of a large variety of serious silliness he can perform as a mix and mingle entertainer, or in his own stand alone show, lasting up to forty minutes and culminating in fire eating on stilts. The performance can be staged indoors (with ceiling heights 10 feet and above,) outdoors; or indoors with an outdoor finale if fire is not possible indoors. If necessary the finale can be performed without fire.
He has also made a specialty of banquets and weddings and is happy to provide a bespoke service for clients looking for a traditional medieval banquet or a wedding with something different.
He has also performed at many product launches, corporate events and industry shows and fairs. His service is completely bespoke and accept commissions or special performances as required.
This performer has made a specialty of performing at wedding receptions and breakfasts. He adds a touch of class comedy to any wedding celebration -welcoming guests on arrival, announcing and shepherding photo calls and acting as master of ceremonies during the meal.
As guests arrive he can welcome them, either with a flourish – announcing their arrival with the aid of a fanfare – or in a more discreet fashion with a glass of something special. During photographs he can announce and shepherd people into the appropriate frames and keep those waiting amused with ‘little nothings’, tricks and jests.
Depending on the nature of the Wedding Feast, he can provide entertainment throughout, he can also act as a master of ceremonies, introducing speeches, etc.
Before the meal is served, he organizes an election of the “Lord or Lady of the Misrule” using three candidates among those present. This is done with a heraldic horn and testing ‘who may blow the cleanest note’. This works as an excellent icebreaker and introduces the character and style of the Fool.
He can then perform a number of interludes between courses or around the banquet as appropriate. The emphasis of these is always comic but they are also quite physically impressive, and can include an acrobatic hand balance on a guest, juggling of children, balancing an egg on his nose and the toast of ‘Wassail’.
As the guests enjoy their meal he can also move among them, engaging smaller table-based foolishness. As the meal comes to an end he comes to a finale by eating fire whilst balanced on a pair of stilts. This is normally performed in two parts, rising on the stilts in the banqueting hall or marquee and then taking the whole company outside to see the fire performance.
He is well used to working with couples to plan their day and to provide a ‘bespoke’ service.
This unique performer has worked regularly at Hampton Court, as well as at the Tower of London and for Her Majesty the Queen. In June 2004, he appeared as Consultant Fool’ in Celebrity Tudor Wedding for Granada, and was crowned English Heritage National Jester.
He is the perfect entertainment for any mediaeval or Tudor banquet. He is interactive, physical and very funny. He has performed for a large variety of corporate and distinguished clients including The Chinese Ambassador, Sir Cliff Richard’s Kids on Court Charity and AXA Insurance (US) annual awards dinner as well for Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Below is a précis of his performance at such events. He is also well able to work to individual clients’ requirements and is happy to meet with event organizers prior to their event in order to discuss arrangements.
Meeting guests as they arrive he can entertain the guests during a drinks reception and interact with them as dinner is called and they find their seats.
Before the meal is served he organizes an election of the Lord or Lady of the Feast using three candidates among those present. This is done with a heraldic horn and testing ‘who may blow the cleanest note’. This works as an excellent icebreaker and introduces the character and style of the Fool.
Throughout the meal he can act as MC and perform individual spots as required between courses and throughout the rest of the evening he will perform a variety of ‘sets’ between courses. They vary depending on the make up of the guests but include, balancing an egg on his nose, juggling children, performing a hand stand on a guest, various toasts, rules of the table etc. The emphasis of these is always comic but they are also quite physically impressive, including acrobatics, balance and physical dexterity.
As the guests enjoy their meal he can also move among them as appropriate, engaging them is smaller table-based foolishness. As a finale he performs fire eating on stilts. This is normally performed in two parts, rising on the stilts in the banqueting hall and then taking the whole company outside to see the fire performance.
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