Autumn Workshops 2018

Aug 02 2018

We're super-proud to announce the Holly Stoppit Workshops Autumn Programme 2018!

Ta-da! Due to its massive demand earlier this year, we've scheduled in an Introduction To Clowning every month from September til Christmas. 

Ta-da! We're delighted to be running the ever popular 8-week Inner Critic Inquiry course again this season. 

Ta-da! Due to demand, we're going to run the new Assembling Your Inner Cast Advanced Fools training again in October.

Ta-da! We've added a new 6-week Fools to Performance course, culminating in a double bill of shows at the Bristol Improv Theatre!

Ta-da! Holly will be donning her red nose as Clown In Residence at Bristol Museum!

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10 Top Tips For Creative Process

Jul 20 2018

Today is my last day of writing retreat. For the last two weeks, I've put myself in beautiful places to work on my book. For the first week, I rented an apartment on my own in the lovely seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon and for the second week, I shared a cottage in rural Crean in Cornwall with an actual real writer and a musician. 

Writing retreat was a blissful, nightmarish, straightforward, impossible, inevitable, wonderful rollercoaster and... Read more >

Dominique Fester - Guest Blog

Jul 13 2018

Hey! I'd like to introduce you to my colleague, friend and student Dominique Fester. 

Dominique came to my Introduction To Clowning weekend many moons ago and progressed onto the 10-week clown to performance course, before attending the Fooling summer school and eventually joining Beyond The Ridiculous, my company of fools. 

Impressed by her plethora of skills and experience, I've been supporting Dominique to set up and run her own physical theatre courses in Bristol. I've watched t... Read more >

Feedback for Intro to Clown Weekend

Jul 04 2018

Wahhhhhhhhhh! Just finished the last Introduction to Clowning Weekend of the season! 

In a futile attempt to try and keep up with demand, we've run the intro workshop 5 times already this year, meaning 60 new baby clowns are now roaming free.

They came to us from near and far, some travelled all the way down from the cold, cold, north of England, some along the coast from C... Read more >

New course alert!!!

Jun 25 2018

Hold the front page! We've added a new course to our Summer Programme. 

Assembling Your Inner Cast is a brand new advanced training week, exclusively for people who have completed our 5-day Fooling Summer School.

Assembling Your Inner Cast is adapted from last October's Beyond The Ridiculous... Read more >

The Inner Teacher

Jun 18 2018

Last week, feeling the desire to experience a bit of what I teach, I attended a week-long residential clowning and clearing retreat, entitled “The Inner Teacher.” Two incredibly experienced facilitators wove their practices together to offer a phenominal group journey which posed the question; “How do I bring the playfulness and lightness of the clown into my own life and work as a leader, teacher, human being?”

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8th June Summer School Deadline

Jun 07 2018

Idiot on a mountain, doing it her way, says:

"Holly Stoppit's August Summer School deadline is Midnight 8th June 2018." 

Info and application forms here.

Look forwards to playing with you.

xxx

Drone Pilot / Video Editor: Joe Rosser

Idiot: Holly Stoppit

Location: Brecon Beacon

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What happened at Comic Storytelling School?

Jun 05 2018

Last week saw the birth of a brand new 5-day Comic Storytelling course. Using a similar structure to my degree course (minus the essays and live comedy assessments!), we began with red-nose non-verbal storytelling, before sliding into fantastical verbal impro and eventually landing into autobiographical storytelling. 

Each participant crafted a 10-minute true story to tell to the group on the... Read more >

April Fools Gold

Apr 12 2018

On March 31st, Beyond The Ridiculous put on a fundraiser for Many Minds mental health charity. Thanks to those who came and those who cheered us on from afar!

We celebrated April Fools Day, Easter and Full Moon in full foolish style. Stories of windy cliff top goodbyes, gawky 11 year old mermaids, and a long, long journey to Frome, bubbled up and... Read more >

Differences Between Clowning and Fooling

Apr 11 2018

There's still time to apply for my August 2018 Summer Schools! Here's a bit more info to help you choose the right Summer School for you. 

What’s going to happen to me if I sign up for Summer School?

If you sign up for Summer School, you'll get 5 days in a well-held space, with a bunch of very interesting people, playing, reflecting and developing skills in... Read more >

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