Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company

What is Schools for Fools about?
The Lawnmowers project is testing a number of factors, including capacity building within the organisation by skilling up young learning disabled people to work with others.

They are also looking at the use of Commedia dell Arte with learning disabled people and specifically at giving the participants the opportunity to take control of their own visibility and comedy.

The main aims of Schools for Fools are:

  • to run taster Commedia workshops to young people with learning disabilities and recruit a “Fool Ensemble” from these participants who will then undertake a 10-month training programme where they will learn Commedia skills
  • the 'Fool Ensemble' will devise, perform and tour with a professional Commedia Theatre Company
  • to run a ‘School for Fools’ Festival in May 2008 targeting under 25s from the learning disabled community in Gateshead where the 'Fool Ensemble' will run Commedia workshops using the skills they have learnt

Who is involved?
The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company is a unique company run by and for people with learning disabilities. Based in Gateshead, the company run residencies, workshops and apprenticeships.

How can I find out more?
Visit The Lawnmowers website
Watch the School for Fools film