ENGINE SHED PRESENTS
WISDOM OF A FOOL
In this emotional roller-coaster one-man play Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style.
The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price… This is the first play ever written on the legendary comic and features his original Gump suit, on generous loan from Norman’s children, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.
“Lane is simply unbelievable as Wisdom: he can do it all, the voice, the physicality and above all, the character.” – David Benson – Actor & Writer
“Lane’s performance is truly incredible as he explores the facets of Wisdom and it would take a heart of stone not to be moved by the way his experiences are portrayed.” – British Theatre Guide
“Jack Lane has written and performs this master class in which he does more than just get the voice and mannerisms of Norman Wisdom absolutely right, he gets the very essence of the man… whom I was privileged to know as a friend later in his life.” – Morris Bright – Chairman of Elstree Studios
“I believe through Wisdom of a Fool, Norman Wisdom will become familiar to a whole new generation.” – Theatre South East
“Jack Lane is mesmerising as Norman. If you can see this play, then DO. A hero brought back to life. His boundless energy and charm brings joy on joy on joy.” – Bob Golding – Actor (Morecambe play)
“Just spent a fabulous evening in The Little Theatre Leicester, watching Jack Lane be a brilliant Norman Wisdom. Spontaneous standing ovation. Bravo.” – Brenda Blethyn
Written and performed by Jack Lane
Additional material by Martyn Bell
Music and direction by Kenny Clayton
Produced by Mike Simmonds