Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon


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Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon

Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon are co-founders of Wonder Fools, a theatre company that creates contemporary new work based on a diverse range of current and historical real-life stories. From these stories the company have taken theatre productions, performance installations and workshops to over 10,000 people across Scotland, with over 15,000 more engaging with their digital work online.

To date they have written and produced three full productions: McNeill of Tranent: Fastest Man in the World (2014-2015), an autobiographical show performed by retired athlete George McNeill, who in 1972 was the fastest man in the world despite never being allowed to compete in the Olympic or Commonwealth Games; The Coolidge Effect (2016-2020) an interactive performance that examines how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences using a blend of storytelling, poetry and science, which is now available as an  audio play on podcast platforms; and 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War (2018-2020) telling the true stories of four miners from Prestonpans that volunteered as part of the International Brigade. They are currently under commission with the Traverse Theatre and are co-creators of the international participatory project Positive Stories for Negative Times ( www.positivestories.scot) for which they wrote Ozymandias with young people from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Widening Access to the Creative Industries Department.

Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic

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