Empathy as a conduit to Connection

Mar 23 2018

This week, in preparation for next Tuesday's final Mindful Play Session, I've been reconnecting with my Work In Progress research from last year. My third and final show explored the theme of 'connection' which is also the theme for next week's Mindful Play.

The theme that keeps coming up is the importance of empathy as a conduit to connection. 

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Summer Workshops 2018

Mar 15 2018

Now that all that snow has melted and the poor, bruised daffodils are bravely smiling up at the sun, it must be time to plan your summer fun! 

Here at Holly Stoppit Towers, Beccy, my wonderful workshop co-ordinator and I have been plotting and planning a summer of laughter and learning just for you! Whether you're a newbie clown, wanting to tentatively dip your toe into our upside-down world or a seasoned idiot, wanting to top up your comedy t... Read more >

Mindful Play Session Notes - Session 3 - Spontaneity

Mar 14 2018

Session 3 of the Mindful Play Sessions. This one was about Spontaneity. We started by defining the meaning of 'spontaneity' and pondering it's purpose, with the help of various experts. 

First up was this quote from Blatner and Blatner, authors of The Art of Play:

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Cannonballista Reviews

Mar 13 2018

The reviews are in for Liz's Clarke's final outing of Cannonballista, the one woman show I directed last year and have been touring with since September.

To me, the show last week in Cardiff, on international women's day, felt like a fitting end to an incredible tour. We were in The Sherman Theatre studio, where Liz came as a young person to have her mind blown by crazy avant-g... Read more >

April Fool Fundraiser!

Mar 05 2018

What would April Fools Day be without a night of mystery, spontaneity, play, truth and laughter? The Fools of Beyond The Ridiculous invite you to a night of fooling in aid of Many Minds.

When: Fools Eve, Saturday 31 March 2018, 7.30 pm  

Where: Upstairs at The Greenbank Pub, Easton, Bristol

Tickets: £7.50 advanced / £8 cash on the door 

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Mar 01 2018

Session 2 of The Mindful Play Sessions. Even though the snow was falling, a freezing cold room full of intrepid explorers came together to explore the theme of flow through meditation and play.

I started with an explanation of flow, as defined by psychologist Mihali Csikszentmihalyi: 

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The Big Cosmic Jester In The Sky (ha ha ha ha)

Feb 27 2018

In thinking about the week leading up to the flow themed Mindful Play Session, I had visions of sitting at my laptop, at a lovely, clear desk, listening to classical music, wearing long dresses, with my hair down, tapping away in joyful flow, my book flying from my fingertips with ease and grace.

“Ha,” said the Big Cosmic Jester In The Sky, “I have other plans!”

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Cannonballista Comes To Cardiff

Feb 19 2018

We're coming to Cardiff on March 8th for the last show of our mini-tour!

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Mindful Play Session Notes - Session One - Play

Feb 14 2018

We kicked off The Mindful Play Sessions last night with an enormous group of playful beings. I think it's safe to say fun, sweat, learning and laughter was had by all!

I started the session by outlining some definitions of play- What is play? 

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What Are You Really Seeking?

Feb 12 2018

Hahhhhhhhhh! Fresh back from a Wholehearted Living retreat, led by the sumptuous Leela Sarti, a Swedish wonder-being who clearly lives her message, relishing each moment right to it’s edges and beyond. 

I am soothed and revitalised by 4 days sitting in silence in the exquisite Devonshire countryside with upwards of 50 other brave soul adventurers, sending our attention down, down, down into the ground ...

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