Ship of Fools

Director Ellie Nixon
Cast Students of BA (Hons) Acting, AUB
Year 2011
Location Bournemouth, UK

Hidden deep in the hold of a cargo ship, a group of stowaways drift from port to port in a state of perpetual transit. They are the forgotten. No country will take them, they have nowhere to go and so they make their own alternative world. Boats have historically been used as a form of migration or escape from oppression and danger. All who travel are hoping for a better life, a better future, but without formal right of entry many are prevented from landing at their destination. Inspired by Sebastian Brant’s fifteenth century allegorical story about a group of people searching for a fool’s paradise, Ship of Fools combines visual theatre, clown, circus, dance and daring to celebrate the eccentricities, absurdities and fragility of our existence through the eyes of the clown.

This AUB School of Production is a unique live collaboration between students from the BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design, FdA Make Up for Media and Performance, BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Modelmaking.

  • Assistant Directors – Nicholas Kime, Joshua Nixon-Hill, James Radcliffe
  • Set Designer – Adele Keeley
  • Lighting Designer – Pete Clifton
  • Costume Designer – Imogen Perreau Callf
  • Make-Up Designer – Ria Marshall
  • Assistant Set Designer – Yanika Waters