Fol Espoir

Fol Espoir – which means foolish or crazy hope – is a critically-acclaimed theatre company that creates exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking entertainment.

Fol Espoir is an ambitious young company with a growing reputation for touring fun, accessible and thought-provoking theatre of the highest quality. We create new work through a collaborative process that integrates devising, new-writing & physical theatre.


“Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience.” Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain – The Stage

“A pocket sized show that had the craft quality so often lacking from small scale touring.” Winston On the Run – John Terry, Artistic Director, The Theatre Chipping Norton

“One of the most bizarre and compelling shows seen at this year’s Fringe” Dr Brown Because – The Telegraph


In 2010 our first show ‘Dr Brown Because’ received outstanding reviews in The Times, Sunday Times, Independent and Telegraph before transferring to the Soho Theatre. In 2011 we presented the English-language premiere of Yoroboshi by Mishima, followed by 2012’s award-winning ‘Winston On the Run’, our first touring production. Launched at the Edinburgh Fringe, the show visited nearly 40 venues, many in remote rural locations. This crossover between rural and urban touring continued with 2015’s ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’, development of which included two weeks based in an Oxfordshire village hall. The show, a comic crash-course in all things British, received superlative feedback, standing ovations and fantastic reviews.

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Fol Espoir is led by Artistic Director John Walton, a Bristol-based theatre maker –