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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Holly talks on the Playfulife Podcast
Dec 10 2020
...cast your mind back to the heady days of May when the air was thick with the scent of blossom and the baby ducklings were just starting to hatch. Anthony Trahair from Playfulife approached me for an interview after watching my Bristol TEDx talk.
Anthony was especially interested to hear about how safety and risk, vulnerability and allowing ourselves to be seen in all our weirdness and wildness, feature in my Clown-o-therapy work...
Recording of The Clowns In Crisis Panel Discussion
Nov 11 2020
Here is a recording of The Clowns In Crisis panel discussion, which took place on Zoom on 7th November 2020, as part of The Clowns In Crisis Conference, organised by The Online Clown Academy.
The topic of discussion was: "What is the role of the clown in times of crisis? What can clowning do for you and what can clowning do for the world?Read more >
Flow State Through Play and Journalling
Oct 30 2020
Here's a lightly edited Facebook Live from 27th October.
Bring your curiosity, your body and some paper and a pen and let's playRead more >
Clowns In Crisis Conference
Oct 05 2020
The Online Clown Academy is delighted to present the Clowns In Crisis Conference, 6 - 8 November 2020.
We are asking: How Can Clowning Help You and How Can Clowns Help Others In Times Of Crisis?Read more >
Exploring Connection Through Meditation and Play
Sep 28 2020
Here is a mini workshop for you to do at home. It's an excerpt from The Online Clown Academy's 4th Zoom Clown drop-in session, exploring the theme of connection.Read more >