Eyes on Stalks

DEAD CATALOGUE – Collectors’ item 2001
17th August 2017
Engineers of the Imagination
17th August 2017

Eyes on Stalks


Signed by John fox and Sue Gill, this is an autobiographical roller coaster through three decades of wild inventions. From`Raising the Titanic’ in London to `King Lear’ on a Japanese ski slope, ‘Eyes on Stalks’ covers the principles and practice of site specific theatre, extensive community residencies and new rites of passage. It brings `Engineers of the Imagination’ up to date and is a hands on tract revealing Welfare State’s radical philosophy of Art . Lavishly illustrated with 30 photographs, scripts and over 100 drawings from John Fox’s sketch book. It is an exciting and provocative manual.

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“EYES ON STALKS is a book you must read – wise, committed and beautifully written. Not too misty eyed. The title comes from WSI’s old slogan ‘Eyes on Stalks, not Bums on Seats’, and at the end of the introduction Fox gives his own kind of blessing: ‘May your eyes wobble in their sockets, your creative juices boil over and your bum never ache”Sideshow -Contemporary Circus Magazine June 2011

“Thanks to John Fox and his merry men and women, the welfare of theatre in general is in a much better state and all the richer for their innovative approach. Read this book and you willl be able to stand on the shoulders of a truly eccentric giant and see where he is coming from.” Ted Turton. Youth Drama Ireland.

“WSI have maintained their name and their principles of cultural activism. Having provided the reader with such a rich entertaining book, Fox could be forgiven a political rant.His final chapter, however is not an angry tirade but a thoughtful passionate call for the use of the arts for cultural change and the power of the artist as a creative catalyst.” Emma Govan. Contemporary Theatre Review.

“A must for anyone working, or thinking of working, in the community arts area and indeed anyone working in theatre of any sort. Fox’s honest and frank style is refreshing and the knowledge that even the best have their problems is comforting. I found it one of those books that, once I had read it, I spent my whole time recommending it to everyone I know… It would warm the heart of the most devout cynic”! Eilís Nic Dhonncha (Co. na Gaillimhe, Ireland) – Amazon Customer Review


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