Franki Anderson in conversation with Emil Wolk
Emil was among the early members and teachers of Suitcase Circus along with Reg Bolton, teaching in the Edinburgh Summer Circus School in 1977. He collaborated for many years with the People Show and trained with veteran Vaudevillian Johnny Hutch. Since the 1980s, Emil has moved between alternative and mainstream, performing and directing in film (The Tall Guy), television (Rake), and opera, as well as directing many companies including Ra-Ra Zoo and Circus Oz.
Franki has been researching the Fool over over 20 years.
Franki originally trained at the Laban Art of Movement Studio, under Lisa Ullman. Along her way she has explored Commedia dell’Arte, Circus skills, Mime, Clown, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Improvisation, The theatre of Augusto Boal, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Movement, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Movement-Therapy.
She has toured extensively with her own solo shows and with companies working in a wide variety of theatre forms from street to film. She was at the forefront of the street theatre movement in the 70’s and 80’s. Using mime and physical theatre to communicate with audiences, overcoming the limitations of language. Franki has been described as secretly famous. She has eschewed the normal career trajectory to follow ‘the fools path’.
In 1986 Franki co-founded Fooltime, Britain’s first centre for Circus Skills and Performing Arts, and subsequently created ‘the empty space’ theatre research studio in 1995 and co-founded ‘Act of Life’ productions in 1998 to facilitate and manage fools’ projects, workshops and shows.
Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.
Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.
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