Fraser has become a much sort after director working with artists worldwide developing and creating highly original shows. His thirty years performing experience in theatres, street festivals and circus has put him in a unique position to help artists develop their work.
His career started early aged five doing clown shows in his back garden playing to all the neighbourhood kids. His passion for performing developed and he followed his dream first getting work on the London cabaret circuit in the late 80s. Since then his shows have been seen in over forty countries. His early influences lie in British TV comedy, the silent cinema and watching the great theatre and circus clowns. An avid collector of clown books and videos Fraser has amassed a huge archive which provides an invaluable source for research and inspiration. A lifetime devoted to making people laugh has enabled him to help other clowns, musicians, actors and puppeteers make work that is highly accessible, very visual and extremely funny.
One Month Show Creation
Every show is unique and many productions need a lot more than a month to get them to fruition. A month is the minimum recommended time required to make enough material for a forty five minute outdoor show or a one hour indoor show. It starts with a THREE DAY JAM, see below. Then in the rehearsal room Fraser concentrates on helping the artists release their vision and tell their story. They quickly create visual pictures that form the material for the show based on their original ideas. The first two weeks are spent improvising, generating ideas around the theme of the show. The third week the material is honed for performance and the forth is spent testing it out. It’s preferable to have a showing of a work in progress to friends or an invited audience at the end of the third week so the final week is free to rework anything that needs changing.
“I flew to the other side of the world to have Fraser Hooper direct one of my shows. After an entire month stuck in a little studio together one thing was very clear; Fraser was the absolute best person I could be working with. He is the ideal authority on what is funny. We didn’t know each other prior but on day one we were already in a rhythm of making great material. Fraser made the whole process genuinely good fun, we laughed together almost constantly and Fraser’s passion and excitement for building my show was warming and abundant. I couldn’t have hoped for a better creation process and within a year I was hassling him to find out when he was available for the next show. The experience has shaped me as a performer and my approach to comedy not just for the one production but for life. If you spend enough time being directed by Fraser Hooper, if you are lucky, his voice will stay with you in the back of your mind. But unfortunately so will his wheezy laugh.”