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 >
What is Fooling?
Sep 29 2020
Here's Holly Stoppit and members of Beyond The Ridiculous demonstrating what their improvisation form, 'fooling' is all about.Read more >
Cyber Fooling - Guest Blog from Bee Golding
Jun 11 2020
Hello dear readers, please welcome back to the stage, guest blogger, Holly Stoppit Workshops Radministrator and Poet in Residence, Bee Golding!
I asked Bee to write about her experience of being part of the Fools Play group, earlier this year and here's what she wrote:Read more >
When Holly met Franki
Apr 27 2020
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing my wonderfool fooling teacher, Franki Anderson for Clown Power Live.Read more >
When Holly met Joanne
Mar 20 2020
Another rainy morning in Bristol, what better to do than head out to Cafe Number 12 in Easton for eggs and chat with internationally acclaimed improviser, Joanne Tremarco.
I voice-recorded us chatting for 1 hour and 17 minutes and the following blog is an edited version of our conversation. It's the 5th in a series of blogs entitled “When Holly Met...”, capturing conversations with clowns and clown teachers, Joanne is the first fool / fooling teacher I've interviewed.
Guest Blog - Helen Duff on Foolish Writing
Jan 28 2020
It brings me great pleasure to present a guest blog from performer / writer and long-term collaborator, Helen Duff. Helen has been applying some of the techniques she learned in my performance workshops to her writing, with fascinating results... Over to you, Helen!Read more >
Making Space For Play
Dec 11 2019
I'm sitting in Paddington station, beaming the happy glow of a play-geek who's spent a full day of contemplating the nature of play with a gang of fired-up play enthusiasts.
I was invited up to London by the Wellcome Collection, to speak at their 'Perspectives On Play' symposium...Read more >
Guest Blog 'What I learned from Fools Retreat'
Nov 27 2019
Introducing Guest Blogger Neil Morbey who attended our recent Fools Retreat in Dorset. Neil is a meditation teacher and 1-to1 coach. Over to you Neil...
“I am a beautiful fool, just like everyone else.”Read more >
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.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.Read more >