When Holly Met Deanna

Jul 15 2019

It's a Monday morning in June, just before the rain set in. Two clown teachers are having two slow mornings after having taught two different clown workshops to two different groups of brave adventurers all weekend. They're both tired, but they've heard so much about each other, it's seems ridiculous not to meet up for brunch.

Deanna Fleysher, the remarkable and hilarious comedy artist, teacher, director, and audience inclusion devotee, has come all the way from America to Bristol UK to perform her film noir murder mystery show, Butt Kapinski and present her 'Naked Comedy' workshop. 

Holly went to see Deanna's show a few nights ago and loved it for its risk, boldness and interaction. She realised why everyone kept saying; “You two should know each other.” And so, the stars have aligned for their first official meeting

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Site Responsive Clown Devising Weekend In Pictures

Jul 15 2019

I was commissioned to create and deliver a Site Responsive Clown Devising Weekend Workshop, way back in the rainy days of June. Remember them? Here's a little taste of what happened, in words and pictures.

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Autumn Workshop Programme 2019

Jul 05 2019

Whether you're a virgin clown, diving into clowning for the very first time, a partially cooked clown, ready to take your next step into stupidity and beyond,   or a veteran fool, looking to jump in even deeper to a world of play and discovery, you're in the right place! We've workshops galore this autumn.

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How to deal with criticism

Jun 21 2019

This week, I received an email from a student who recently attended one of my courses. Attached to the email, was a document marked 'private and confidential', which outlined everything I'd got wrong and how, if they were running the workshop, they would have done it better. No, I won't be sharing the feedback (I can hear you from here, saying “Gizza look!”), but what I will share, is the reflection process which spontaneously emerged, to help me digest the criticism in order to learn and grow. I hope this will be useful for you too.

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Physical Theatre Summer School Still Booking!

Jun 20 2019

Breaking News - deadline extended for Holly Stoppit Workshops Physical Theatre Summer School, 12-16 August, with special guest teacher Dominique Fester

Applications are back open for this course and NOW BOOKING ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

PLUS!! NEW BURSARY SCHEME - £200 PLACES* available for those who would not otherwise be able to access this... Read more >

Let's Play Cards For Inclusion!

Jun 11 2019

Holly Stoppit would like to invite you to a playful discussion about access and inclusion.  

<<What's all this about then?>>

Hi, I'm Holly, a workshop leader, devising director and dramatherapist based in Bristol. Lately I've been thinking about how to make my work more accessible to people with different abilities.

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When Holly met Igne

Jun 04 2019

Hello! This is the second in a series of blogs called, “When Holly met....” In the first one, I met art-clown Jamie Wood. This time, I'm chatting with Lithuanian-born, Bristol-based clown and physical theatre facilitator, Igne Barkauskaite.

We met in the colourful garden of The Greenbank pub, where we slurped delicious soup on a hot sunny day in May and... Read more >

Summer School - The Ingredients

May 26 2019

Watch a video of Holly and Dominique talking about the ingredients of the 4 weeks of Summer School.

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Summer School - The Vision

May 26 2019

Watch a video of Holly and Dominique talking about their vision for Summer School 2019!

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global impro 12 - Dreams and a Heart

May 23 2019

12.) Regina Mendes Dreams and a Heart

This blog is the twelfth in a series of blogs, charting my experience as a Theatre Bristol agent at the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium, May 2019. If you'd like to get a little context, start here. Otherwise, welcome to my reflections on making a doll, meditating and realising it was time to leave.

'Dreams... Read more >

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