Holly Stoppit's Summer Schools

Mar 15 2019

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Image credit: Lydia splashing in the fountains during Holly's Deepening Clown 2018

Splash into Summer 2019 with our refreshing, cool, never been done before, well not by us, choose-your-own-adventure 4 PART SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME! (Woo! Yeah! Yippee!)

This August, we're offering not one, not two, not three but four consecutive weeks of playing, learning, connecting and laughing and YOU get to choose however many weeks you want to attend! Discounts available for attending multiple weeks.


The dates:

5-9 August: Deepening Clown  

12-16 August: Physical Theatre with guest teacher Dominique Fester* 

19- 23 August: Comic Storytelling 

26-30 August: Fooling

* Please note: you need to have completed Holly's Introduction To Clowning weekend to attend any of the summer schools EXCEPT Physical Theatre with Dominique, which is open to everyone. 

We're really excited to be joining forces with guest teacher Dominique Fester to offer a treasure chest of performance jewels and tools. We're hoping to gather a core group of students who will travel the full journey through these four vital areas of performance, whilst welcoming in ad hoc students who will hop on and off the Summer School bus for a week or two throughout August.

The nitty gritty

  • Each course runs from Monday-Friday
  • Times: 10-6 each day. 
  • People: 12 max (8 for fooling)
  • Venue: Central Bristol
  • Cost: Each week has a standard rate / low income and no income rate. There is a discount available for booking multiple weeks. 
  • 1 week: £350 std / £325 low income / £300 no income 
  • Any 2 weeks - £50 discount: £650 std / £600 low income / £550 no income  
  • Any 3 weeks - £150 discount: £900 std / £825 low income / £750 no income   
  • All four weeks - £300 discount: £1100 std / £1000 low income / £900 no income. 
  • Deadline for all applications: 7th June

More about each workshop:


This 5-day course builds on Holly’s Introduction to Clowning Weekend, offering participants opportunities to drop deeper into the state of clown, exploring ever riskier realms of interactive clown improvisation.

“Fun, silly, cathartic, deep, real, therapeutic, adventure, liberating” -previous participant

  • Dates: Monday 5 - Friday 9 August 2019
  • Facebook event here
  • More info and application form here.
  • To read about what happened on last Summer’s 5-day Clown School click here.


Discover theatre beyond words and engage with your body to create compelling physical theatre.

“Dominique's approach is to create a very positive space focusing on the nuggets of goodness” -previous participant

“Physical Theatre which speaks to the heart” -previous participant

  • Dates: Monday 12th - Friday 16th August 2019
  • Facebook event here
  • More info and application form here.


Come and saturate yourself with stories, exploring non-verbal, improvised and autobiographical comic storytelling. 

"AMAZING! A place which feels totally safe and without judgement. Encouraged by positive feedback, games and self reflection you get the chance to try new things without fear of failure." -previous participant

 "Nurturing, encouraging, useful, clear, inspiring." -previous participant

  • Dates: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August 2019 
  • Read more about Comic Storytelling and find links to the application form here.
  • Facebook event here
  • To read about what happened on last Summer’s 5-day Clown School click here.


Fooling is a form of solo improvisation where you get to meet and play with the cast of characters who normally live inside your head, eg the inner child, the inner critic, the inner guide, the inner anarchist, the inner artist, the inner hermit... The Fool, approaching life with openness and curiosity, walks into the empty space and says, "Wow, look what I found!”

“Deep, funny, touching, playful” -previous participant

  • Dates: Monday 26th - Friday 30th August 2019
  • Facebook event here
  • Fools School - more info and application form here
  • Read about last summer's fools school here

We look forwards to receiving your application! Deadline 7th June 2019.

Holly and Dominique had a chat about their rising summer school excitement, which you can read here

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