Fol Espoir (which means 'foolish' or 'crazy' hope in French) is a young company dedicted to touring new and exciting work that connects directly with an audience. Our first production, the comedy sensation Dr Brown Because, was an underground hit at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, receiving four-star reviews in The Times, The Sunday Times and TimeOut. Since then we have continued to produce both comedic and serious works, including the English-language premiere of Nobel Laureate Yukio Mishima's Yoroboshi in 2011 and Winston On the Run, which in 2013 toured to over thirty venues in the UK.

Latest News

February 2015
We were very excited to spend two weeks in Oxfordshire and the work-in-progress showing was a real success! Our trailer is now available at and we'll be announcing tour dates as soon as possible!

September 2014
We're very excited to have received R&D funding from Arts Council England to begin developing our new show 'Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain'. This will be a very fun and frivolous show about our dear American cousins attempting to understand our strange British ways. We'll be spending two weeks working on initial ideas for the show at Steeple Aston Village Hall and The Theatre Chipping Norton, where we'll present a scratch performance on the 27th January! More info here.

March 2014
A little bit late perhaps, but check out our new trailer for Winston On the Run:

September 2013
And they're off - the Winston On the Run tour has officially begun.

July 2013
We did it! Arts Council funding for the Winston Tour!!! This is very exciting news. If you click here you can see the most up to date tour schedule for the Autumn!

April 2013
We'll soon be able to reveal details of our epic autumn tour of Winston On the Run. Already we've been confirmed at amzing venues like the Yvonne Arnaud, Theatre Chipping Norton, Colchester Mercury and the Theatre Royal Margate. Once the full tour schedule has been confirmed, we'll be posting it up here first!

November 2012
Keep your eyes posted - we'll be taking Winston On the Run to venues around the UK this autumn. More details to follow soon.

September 2012
Wow - the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been and gone. We had some amazing reviews, amazing support and now we're working to put together a Spring tour! A big thankyou to everyone who came to see us. Also a massive thankyou to all our sponsors who made the run possible.

July 2012
A massive thankyou to all our donors who have taken us to £900 already on Sponsume! Rehearsals have started in earnest, and we're very excited about opening in a matter of weeks! Keep up to date by following @folesp and @WinstonOnTheRun.

June 2012
We've launched an online fundraising intiative for Winston On the Run - help us raise £1500 before we go to Edinburgh! All the details are at

May 2012
After some great feedback in Brighton for Winston On the Run, we're back working on the script and very excited about where the show is heading.

March 2012

Winston on the Run summer dates have been confirmed for the Pleasance Courtyard, the Buxton Fringe. the Jersey Arts Centre, the Colchester Arts Centre and the Action Transport Theatre, Ellesmere Port. For more details click here.

February 2012

Congratulations to Martin Thomas for winning the 2012 Off West End Award for Best Costume! Martin won the award for his work on Ragtime at the Landor Theatre. He will be designing the set and costume for Winston on the Run.

January 2012

We are very excited that Martin Thomas will be returning to us as Set and Costume designer for 'Winston On the Run'. Martin was recently nominated (again!) for the Off West End Theatre Awards, this time for his work on 'Guys and Dolls' Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

'Winston On the Run' is a whimsical telling of Winston Churchill's exploits as a war correspondent in South Africa. Its first performances are scheduled for this summer's Brighton Fringe Festival. For more details click here.

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