101 episodes

Philosophical and esoteric perspectives from a modern day Showman. Each season is different in its approach. S1 is essays. S2 is one book length attempt at Understanding Showmanship, S3 is conversations with remarkable Showfolk. The brand new Season 4 explores the relationship between Showmanship and Play.The host, Captain Frodo, internationally renowned circus performer, director, writer, husband and dad lays out, in great detail, his practical performance philosophy for performers who seek to deepen the conversation with their audiences and themselves. You can find him, and more of his writing at: www.thewayoftheshowman.com

the Way of the Showman Captain Frodo

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Philosophical and esoteric perspectives from a modern day Showman. Each season is different in its approach. S1 is essays. S2 is one book length attempt at Understanding Showmanship, S3 is conversations with remarkable Showfolk. The brand new Season 4 explores the relationship between Showmanship and Play.The host, Captain Frodo, internationally renowned circus performer, director, writer, husband and dad lays out, in great detail, his practical performance philosophy for performers who seek to deepen the conversation with their audiences and themselves. You can find him, and more of his writing at: www.thewayoftheshowman.com

    100 - the Clown and the New World - epic poem audio extravaganza

    100 - the Clown and the New World - epic poem audio extravaganza

    This is a celebratory episode along the lines of my previous audio poetic endeavours in episode 21 and 42. This is an epic poem which initially was called The Rime of the Ancient Merrier.
    Merrier |ˈmerēər|
    noun (mer•ri•er)
    1 one who brings happiness to others.
    2 a simple or special person, trad. considered blessed or touched by God.
    3 a fool or a clown
    ORIGIN Old English myrige [pleasing, delightful,] of Germanic origin; related to mirth.

    This ode to Caliope, (which is both the Muse of epic poetry and a steam organ played along the midway of carnivals) chronicals one lone showman making his Way through the world. After life falls apart in the old world he boards a ship to the New World but life does not become any easier, in fact it gets a whole lot worse before he even gets there.
    Follow it through to the end. Remember when the dark is the most complete we become able to spot even the tiniest lights.
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    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 41 min
    99 - Jay Gilligan Questions Showmanship & Play episode 1 (94)

    99 - Jay Gilligan Questions Showmanship & Play episode 1 (94)

    In this episode we try something new. Jay Gilligan has listened to my new season about Play & Showmanship and he found that there were several points in the episode  he wanted to know more about. He recorded some snippets with some AI app that he has and he reads me the unedited transcriptions of these and we have a great and DEEP conversation about 
    the morals of Attention. 
    How paying close Attention actually shapes what it is - or at the very least your perception of it. 
    How you are and what you think will bleed through what you do in your act. 
    How we understand what we do is of the utmost importance for ourselves.
    What does Captain Frodo mean when he says that someone is "authentic" and how do we get to this point with our characters?
    About the importance of the ACTUAL ENCOUNTER. About really being present in the moment, the miracle of sharing time together, not apart but together.
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    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 1 hr 4 min
    98 - the Nature of Shows & Geometry - (Showmanship & Play 4 of 30)

    98 - the Nature of Shows & Geometry - (Showmanship & Play 4 of 30)

    In this episode I make one more example of a metaphor of my own making. I believe this to be a particularly fertile example, by which I mean a deep and powerful metaphor. 
    Using the uncanny similarity of the geometry of triangles with the process of Showmanship. Looking at the two side by side I belive we can get insights into the nature of our Craft of performance that can be hard to picture and grasp only looking at it abstractly. In many ways the geometry of the triangle is like an explanatory illustration demonstrating pictorially what happens when a Showman presents his Material for an Audience and the phenomena of Show emerge between the two.
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    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 50 min
    97 - Back in Las Vegas, now with Cirque du Soleil - Birthday Ramble

    97 - Back in Las Vegas, now with Cirque du Soleil - Birthday Ramble

    I didn't think it would happen. Not this birtday ramble nor that I would be back in Las Vegas, nor that I would be here with Cirque du Soleil! But I am back on all those fronts and yet again I am humbled by my own lack of ability to accurately predict the unfolding events of my life. BUT I am beyond grateful that it all conspired to be this Way.
    Support the show...

    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 31 min
    96 - How to See through the Lens of Showmanship - (Showmanship & Play 3 of 30)

    96 - How to See through the Lens of Showmanship - (Showmanship & Play 3 of 30)

    In this episode I talk about viewing the world through the lens of Showmanship. This is something I say at the beginning of each episode and it is what this podcast is all about. I talk about how to look and what the lens is. So, this episode has as its aim to allow you a clearer idea of what it means and to be able to look at the world in the same way, if you so choose.
    This is a topic which prepares us for what is about to come, and which sheds light on how I arrive at my ideas and conclusions.


    Support the show...

    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 35 min
    95 - the Inner Ear Bone of Showmanship - (Showmanship & Play 2 of 30)

    95 - the Inner Ear Bone of Showmanship - (Showmanship & Play 2 of 30)

    In this episode I lay how what Showmanship is, as I see it. If we are to work out what the origins of something is, particularly if the origins lay deep in prehistory, then chances are there has been a great deal of change to the thing. Sometimes so much that it is hard to recognice it. SO, to be able to know what the origins are we must know what the relevant and unchanging elements of the evolving thing we seek to understand.
    Last episode I talked about the evolutionary history of the whale and how one of the key elements that's used to trace its transformation from land animal to sea animal is some bones in its inner ear. In this episode I describe a Show as related to Henri Corbin's Imaginal Realm. And I make the claim that what a Show is, which is a different level of reality, other than normal life, where ordinary objects and words and images become symbolic and poetic and filled with meaning. It is a purely human kind of relation and a uniquely human experience.
    So, this realm of experience we call show, is the thing we will use as our lodestone to keep us on track as we venture back into prehistory.

    links:
    Henri Corbin and the Imaginal Realm
    the Cabaret sensation and huge part of my life: La Soiree & La Clique
    Support the show...

    Now you can get t-shirts and hoodies with our wonderful logo. This is the best new way to suport the podcast project. Become a proud parader of your passion for Showmanship and our glorious Craft whilst simultanously helping to gather more followers for the Way.
    You'll find the store here: https://thewayoftheshowman.printdrop.com.au

    If you want to help support this podcast it would be tremendous if you wrote a glowing review on iTunes or Spotify.
    If you want to contact me about anything, including wanting me to collaborate on one of your projects you can reach me on thewayoftheshowman@gmail.com
    or find out more on the Way of the Showman website.
    you can follow the Way of Instagram where it is, not surprisingly thewayoftheshowman.
    If you find it in you and you have the means to do so, you can suport the podcast financially at:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/captainfrodo

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Neilo of Mullum ,

Smart, funny and gracious!

Inspiring philosophical musings - sometimes silly, sometimes enlightening and always engaging and enjoyable - I’m always smiling afterwards : )

Lina Hammond ,

Inspirational!

Captain Frodo's journey in the ShowmanShip is an important one for this age...inspirational, entertaining, enlightening & compelling....wonderful!!

ScottHone ,

A wonderful and rich journey to what it means to be on stage

This like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics for performers. It is whimsical, delightful, and wonderful.

Frodo takes us on a journey of what goes on in his mind before he stands on stage.

If you have ever seen Frodo perform live you have witnessed the marvel crafted performance. In his podcast, forced from covid, he delights us with the thoughts that you don’t necessarily hear when he is on stage.

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