Interview with Brainfools

Introduce yourselves: who are BrainFools? 
BrainFools are a collective of circus artists united under the banner of creating thoughtful, uplifting circus art with a twist. We blend the spectacle of circus with social themes to craft performances that not only entertain but also provoke thought and inspire change. Our performances are a canvas for expression, where the joy of circus arts meets the depth of meaningful storytelling.

How did the company begin? 

BrainFools was born from a spark between two soon-to-be graduates, Finn and Toffy, who shared a vision of creating circus art that was as fun as it was meaningful. We dreamed of a space where circus could be silly and stories could be soulful, embodying both the heart and mind of our creative passions. The name BrainFools perfectly captures our dual mission: to engage the intellect and entertain the inner child in everyone.

What do you consider or look for when curating acts for these scratch night events? 

Our curatorial process for scratch nights emphasizes diversity in every sense of the word, from the skills on display to the voices and stories being told. We prioritize acts that are eager to push boundaries, explore new ideas, and most importantly, are in the developmental stages of creation. Scratch nights are a unique opportunity for artists to experiment with their work in front of a live audience, providing invaluable feedback and insights. It’s this experimental, work-in-progress nature that defines the essence of our scratch nights.

What should audiences expect? 

Audiences should come to our scratch nights expecting an evening of experimentation and exploration. These events are not about presenting polished, finished work but rather about the process of creation and the raw potential of new ideas. Each edition, whether it’s the Jazz, Queer, or Spoken Word, offers a different thematic exploration, pushing the boundaries of what circus and performance can be. Expect a mix of the familiar and the unexpected, where the thrill lies in the possibility and the power of artistic exploration.

Why should audiences come to see one of the scratch nights? 

Our scratch nights are an invitation to be part of the creative process, to see art in its formative stages, and to experience the vibrant diversity of thought and expression within the circus community. They are a celebration of the new, the untested, and the experimental, offering audiences a unique insight into the evolution of contemporary circus and performance art. By attending, you’re not just watching a show; you’re participating in a live, dynamic laboratory of creativity, where each act is a step into the unknown. It’s an adventure for both the artist and the audience, full of surprises, discoveries, and, above all, the joy of creation.

Want to catch one of these BrainFools events? Scratch Night #2 (Queer Edition) is on Saturday 16 March at 7:30pm and Scratch Night #3 (Family Edition) is on Saturday 11 May at 7:30pm. Tickets are £12.

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