Holly Stoppit's Summer Schools 2020

Mar 04 2020

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Image credit: Treat time at Fools School, Holly Stoppit

Announcing the Holly Stoppit 2020 Summer School programme!

We're delighted to be offering three weeks of learning, laughing, connection and community throughout August. Here's what's on:

Comic Storytelling (3-7 August):  exploring stories and storytelling through clowning, verbal impro and autobiographical storytelling / stand up.

Fooling (10-14 August):  dropping into the archetype of the Fool and exploring the mesmerising solo impro form known as 'Fooling'.

Body Play, Voice Play (24-28 August): a brand new collaboration with singing legend, Briony Greenhill.

You can apply for one, two or all three weeks - there are discounts for attending multiple weeks. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for details.

The deadline for all applications: Monday 18th May

You need to have completed Holly Stoppit's introduction to Clowning to apply for these courses.

***For thoughts about coronavirus, scroll down to the end of this page.***


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 3 - Friday 7 August August 2020 
  • Read more about Comic Storytelling and find links to the application form here.
  • Facebook event here
  • To read about what happened during a previous Comic Storytelling week, 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 10th - Friday 14th August 2020
  • Facebook event here
  • Fools School - more info and application form here
  • Read about one of our previous Fools School's here


Imagine a whole week of playing, celebrating your individuality and exploring authentic connection through vocal and physical improvisation.

For this week-long playshop, clown and impro teacher, Holly Stoppit will be collaborating with special guest teacher, Briony Greenhill to take you on a joyful, creative, musical, insightful journey.

You need to be able to sing in tune and keep a beat to attend this course.

  • Dates: Monday 24th August - Friday 28th August 2020
  • Facebook event here
  • More info and application form here
  • Discover more about Briony Greenhill here

Will the summer schools be affected by coronavirus?

As ever, we are choosing to be optimistic! There will be an end to this and we’re hoping that by the summer the virus will have passed through and life will have settled - if that’s the case we’ll all need to top up on play and laughter and connection.

So we are continuing to accept applications for all summer schools - let’s think of them as ‘expressions of interest’, on the understanding that if things change for you or for us, we’ll let each other know.

Of course, whilst remaining positive we need to be clear that things are in a state of flux right now and it is possible that these courses may be cancelled. We will let you know as soon as we can if this happens.


  • Each course runs from Monday-Friday
  • Times: 10-6 each day (except Friday which finishes at 6.30)
  • People: Comic Storytelling 12, fooling 8, Playful Body, Playful Voice 14
  • 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
  • All 3 weeks - £150 discount: £900 std / £825 low income / £750 no income
  • Deadline for all applications: Monday 18th May
  • Application form for all courses here

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