Why do fools fool?
Apr 12 2019
Last weekend, having discovered a cunning way out of my own book-writing procrastination hell, which involved connecting back with the parts of me that had originally embarked on the adventure of writing a book, I posed the question to the Fools in training: which parts of you want to perform in the Easter Beyond The Ridiculous public shows?
I wrote dow... Read more >
Laughter Yoga at Bristol Museum In pics
Nov 27 2018
Over 50 Bristol laughers came along to the the front hall of the museum on a chilly Wednesday night to laugh their heads off in glorious union! We raised the roof of the museum and let in a bit of starlight!Read more >
Assembling Your Inner Cast Video
Sep 07 2018
Meet some of the characters that appeared during Assembling Your Inner Cast in August 2018.Read more >
What happened at Comic Storytelling School?
Jun 05 2018
Last week saw the birth of a brand new 5-day Comic Storytelling course. Using a similar structure to my degree course (minus the essays and live comedy assessments!), we began with red-nose non-verbal storytelling, before sliding into fantastical verbal impro and eventually landing into autobiographical storytelling.
Each participant crafted a 10-minute true story to tell to the group on the... Read more >
Beyond The Ridiculous Art and Words
Dec 07 2017
Back in October, Beyond The Ridiculous, our company of fools, performed solo improvisation on the theme of risk, in a 3-night fool fest called Cliff Jumping For Beginners, as part of Circus City Festival.
Three fantastic artists, a brilliant photographer and 2 wonderful writers sat in the audience, responding to our playtime with images and words.
The photo at the top of... Read more >
Curious Clown Cabaret in Pictures
Nov 22 2017
We did it!
These 10 idiots have spent the last 10 Tuesday evenings in a freezing cold church hall, playing their little hearts out (just to keep warm).
The 10 Week Clown To Performance course leads participants through a gentle process of deepening their quality of connection with themselves and cultivating the bravery to share themselves with others and to let the world in.
They then each created a 5 mi... Read more >
What Happened at Clowning Summer School
Sep 04 2017
Wowee! What a week!
I've been teaching clowning for over 10 years, but never have I had the opportunity to steep 12 people in the state of clown for 5 whole, consecutive days. I had notions about what might happen, but I chose to stay open to the process, designing each day as it came, in relation to the groups development and interests.
We met in a lovely school hall in the centre of Bristol. As with all my cour... Read more >
Blessed be the Artists
Dec 13 2016
Beyond The Ridiculous have been incredibly lucky this term to have not one, not two but three visual artists sit in during our live performances and draw what they see. Each artist has their own unique approach and all have produced works of wonder that capture the spirit of Beyond The Ridiculous. We are overjoyed with what they've produced and over-excited at the potential for further collaboration between our form and o... Read more >
Look! Photos From Our Clown Show!
Nov 25 2016
Here's some photos from our show at the end of the 10 week Advanced Comic Performance course. These 12 brave adventurers spent the last 10 weeks exploring stupidity, sensitivity, connection, support, timing, breathing, status, character, presence and joy. The idiots have been unleashed!Read more >