Wonder Fools

I have worked with Wonder Fools over the past three years as a Marketing Manager working on marketing strategies for productions, projects, events and touring shows. I have also helped develop the company’s profile in Scotland and Internationally as well as increasing their online presence. Since 2021, I have increased the company’s social media following by 72% across all platforms, building a core and engaging audience. Below are some of the campaigns I have managed for Wonder Fools.

New Year, New Work (2024)

by Wonder Fools, Imogen Stirling + Susan Bear, India Blue, VanIves and Tues. – Event

New Year, New Work is a night of exciting new music and theatre hosted by Wonder Fools. We shared a scratch performance of our newest piece – Òran by Owen Sutcliffe, a contemporary adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with an electric new score by regular collaborators VanIves.

2

twice sold out

110

audience members

5

performances

Managed the promotion of the event via social media, print distribution and email marketing resulting in successfully selling out the event twice and moving the event to a bigger venue to accommodate more people.

Positive Stories festival (2023)

by Wonder Fools – Youth Festival (National Scottish Tour)

Season Three saw the creation of the Positive Stories Festivals; four two-day festivals happening across Scotland with partner venues Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Ayr Gaiety, Eden Court (Inverness), and Perth Theatre. These were delivered in association with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

22

live performances

4

festivals

1445

audience members

322

young participants

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War (2022)

by Robbie Gordon & Jack Nurse – National Scottish Tour

549 is a play with songs telling the true stories of four men from Prestonpans that went to fight in the Spanish Civil War, one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts. Co-created over 7 years, the production was born out of conversations in pubs, living rooms and cafes in Prestonpans with family members of the 549 wishing to tell the incredible story of their ancestors.

12

sold out shows

21

live performances

“This play doesn’t just want us to remember and respect our history, it’s a call to arms and a timely reminder to always fight for what you believe in.” — ★★★★ Reviews Hub

“549 is a beautifully moving tale of friendship, bravery and sacrifice…It is truly not to be missed.” – ★★★★ The Skinny

And Then Come the Nightjars (2022)

by Bea Roberts – The Fullarton, Castle Douglas

A play by Bea Roberts produced in with Crossmichael Drama Club exploring the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 and its effects on the community of Dumfries and Galloway. Accompanied by a digital archive.

303

audience members in a rural venue midway through emerging from the pandemic

4

performances

Positive Stories for Negative Times (2022 – 2024)

by Wonder Fools – International participatory project

Positive Stories for Negative Times is produced by Wonder Fools in association with the Traverse Theatre. The project so far has commissioned 16 new plays including those by Tim Crouch, Bryony Kimmings, Stef Smith, Sabrina Mahfouz, Douglas Maxwell, Chris Thorpe and many more.

Find out more about the project: positvestories.scot.

9,000

young participants

17

countries

652

groups

THE LOST ELVES (2021)

Directed by Jack Nurse – Ayr Gaiety in association with Wonder Fools

It’s almost Christmas but the Elves have crashed landed! The Elves have accidentally stolen Santa’s sleigh and are lost far from home. They need to get back to the North Pole in time to give Santa his sleigh back or there will be no Christmas.

Artwork by Serden Salih