How Can You Play At A Time Like This?

Apr 03 2020

I've been watching myself from a safe distance these last few weeks, clocking my responses to this unfolding crisis with detached fascination...

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Clown Workouts Week 2

Apr 03 2020

Welcome to Week Two of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Clown Workouts Week 1

Mar 29 2020

Welcome to Week One of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Coronavirus Lovingkindness meditation

Mar 18 2020

In these turbulent times, to keep myself grounded, I've been retreating to my meditation cushion. It greets me with open arms and holds me while I tune in to where I'm at, let go of whatever's been building up and draw in courage, curiosity and compassion. 

I'd like to share a loving kindness meditation that came to me the other morning. It brought me comfort and ease and helped me feel connected to the human race. I hope it'll do the same for you.

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Breaking Free from Burn Out

Feb 05 2020

Have you ever found yourself in a supermarket, standing stock still, staring at the carrots, unable to figure out whether you need carrots? What would you use them for anyway? What's the point in carrots? Or food in general? Or standing up? In fact, what's the point of anything that isn't lying quietly in the soft, muffled sanctuary of your bed? Would anyone notice if you were to crawl into the carrots and have a little nap?

Welcome to the Land of Burn Out!

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Why use positive feedback?

Oct 22 2019

Last week, a recent Intro To Clown student sent me a questionnaire. She's doing a research project about the use of positive feedback in creative learning environments. I happened to have a very long train journey - all the way from Glasgow to Bristol, would you believe? I thought – what better way to pass the time than to joyfully grapple with the subject of positive feedback. I'd like to share some of what I wrote with you, dear reader. I hope it's useful.

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5 things I learned from taking a month off work

Aug 14 2019

After a jam packed 6-months of back-to-back teaching projects, interspersed with book writing in every possible gap, I decided to TAKE THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY OFF WORK!

Here's what I learned...

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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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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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global impro 7 - radical connector

May 23 2019

7.) RADICAL_CONNECTOR: Active presence and/in motion: Nonlinear dance training for all bodies with Marisa Godoy

This blog is the seventh of 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, it's time to dance!

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