Holly Stoppit
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Clowning To Performance
(weekly classes)

This course builds on Holly’s Introduction to Clowning Weekend. Each week, participants drop deeper into the state of clown, exploring ever riskier realms of authentic interactive improvisation, whilst learning new skills and structures for clown devising. The group work together to create a clown performance for an invited audience.

This ten-week evening course begins with a full weekend workshop to bring the group together and reconnect with the state of clown. Through the 10 weeks, we'll find out how your clown likes to play best, through exploring many different approaches to creating devised and improvised clown performance.

Holly has run this course both with a focus towards ensemble (group) and solo performance. Either which way, the course will build towards a live performance for invited audience, where you'll get to practice your clowning skills on a "real" audience.

What you'll get from the course:

  • Opportunities to discover many new facets of your clown
  • Opportunities to explore and deepen your authentic, live connection with audiences, making your performance style both braver and more sensitive.
  • Many different approaches to devising clown routines
  • Courage and support to explore your spontaneity and responsiveness to audiences
  • A supported opportunity to perform in front of a "real" audience
  • Weekly sessions may enable you to adapt clown philosophy to your real life, resulting in more play, flow, spontaneity and connection in everyday life.

What the people say:

“Amazing, emotional, inspiring, practical & massively helpful!”

“The structure was great as it felt like a gradual progression and accumulation of practice which was then really fantastic to pull together to apply in the performance at the end…. at the performance itself I felt much calmer and more grounded than on other occasions. I was able to take my time more on stage, breathe & pause more easily.”

“I think [as a result of attending this course] I am gradually finding it easier to be spontaneous and authentic. I think I am more aware of the audience when I am teaching/lecturing….Being made to work with the positive feedback model for 10 weeks and seeing the effects of the group has transformed the way I give feedback to my trainees.”

“This course aided me in being more sensitive to my audience, which I have been since… I learnt so much about being present and in the now. So important not to just be doing but to be being.”

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