Clowning Out Of Chaos Conference
Apr 05 2021
The Online Clown Academy proudly presents their second online conference:
Clowning Out Of Chaos.
As we start to emerge, blinking, into this new post-coronavirus world, we’re asking:
- How can we clown with chaos?
- How can clowning help us move beyond chaos and create the world we want to live inRead more >
Why the red noses?
Mar 15 2021
In the circus I grew up in, we hardly ever used red noses. Our shows were character-driven theatrical performances which integrated circus skills into the narrative. On leaving the circus in my 20's, I carried on performing non-nosed stealth clowning on streets and stages for another decade. I resisted the title of clown, referring to myself instead as a 'character comedienne'. I'd only ever worn a red nose when I was safe behind the closed doors of a clown workshop.
Then in 2009 / 2010, I got a job touring with The Honk Project, a non-verbal, ensemble, red nosed, musical-theatre show. Spending extended periods of time wearing a red nose and not speaking English seemed to give me permission to drop deeper into the state of clown, to trust my clown's logic and let her make the choicesRead more >
Mindful Play Reflections and Poems
Mar 01 2021
For the last four weeks, I've been running The Mindful Play Sessions on Zoom, for a carefully selected group of wonder-beings as part of my process of writing a Handbook of Mindful Play for group leaders. This blog offers some of my reflections on the past 4 weeks and a collection of poems capturing the essence of Mindful Play written by the group during the sessions.Read more >
Curating The Conditions To Be Creative
Feb 03 2021
My first intensive writing week was supposed to be a retreat in Arvon, a beautiful rural writers haven in Yorkshire, where writers of all disciplines are supported to steep themselves in their practice. There'd be uninterrupted time and space, delicious food to eat, other writers to talk with and Mother Nature to soothe and inspire. The plan was to use this time to explore ways of letting nature and body-based play infuse my writing.
Coronavirus had other plans.Read more >
Fools Play Facilitators
Jan 27 2021
Introducing the foolish facilitators for Fools Play Online!
This 6 week course starts on 25th Feb 2021. The deadline for applications is on Monday 1st February. It is only open to people who have completed Holly Stoppit's 5-day Fools School.
Each week will be led by a different member of Hollys' fooling troupe, Beyond The Ridiculous.Read more >
How's the writing going?
Jan 17 2021
Ever since I received the email telling me I'd been successful for an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice Award to work on my Mindful Play Handbook, my Inner Critic has had me in a strangle hold: "Who the hell do you think you are, calling yourself a "writer"? How could YOU be a writer? You have no brain and nobody wants to hear what you've got to say anyway."Read more >
Discoveries in Self Care 2020
Dec 30 2020
There's a statement that's been doing the rounds on facebook; “We are not all in the same boat, but we are all on the same sea.” This blog is an offer from my boat to yours. It's far from my intention to make self-care into a stick for you to bash yourself over the head with! Take whatever is useful to you and throw the rest in the sea.Read more >
My 2020 Projects
Dec 29 2020
Here's a look back on my 2020 projects, charting my journey through this most peculiar of years. This blog describes how my in-person clowning and fooling workshops and guest facilitation gradually morphed into online workshops, performances and creative consultancy.Read more >
Holly on The Big Juicy Creative Podcast
Dec 27 2020
If you've got time for listening to podcasts, here's me chatting with Suzy Bashford on the Big Juicy Creative podcast.Read more >
Winter Solstice Ceremony
Dec 17 2020
It's coming up to the winter Solstice on December 21st, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the days around the Solstice, I'll be hunkering down and journeying inwards, contemplating life as it is and dreaming into my desired future. If this sounds like something you might want to do, here's a reflective solstice ceremony you can do at some point over the festive period.Read more >