May / June workshops now booking

Mar 12 2019

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Deepening Clown, 2017

Are you ready to play? Do you need more laughter in your life? Would you like to explore the magical, expansive, flowing state of clown? Then we've got just what you need.

The Headlines

Coming up in May and June 2019:

<bong> We've got three Introduction to Clowning Weekends in Bristol!

<bong> If you've already completed Intro to Clown, you could drop even deeper into the state of clown, with our 5-day Deepening Clown course.

<bong> Special guest teacher, Amy Rose will be running Utility Room, a series of four performance practice sessions for playful people.

The details


Suitable for performers or personal explorers, this weekend introduces you to the world of Holly Stoppit and the state of clown. Expertly-held and facilitated by Holly, you'll play and play and discover how physicality, breath, timing, rhythm, surprise and truth provoke laughter. 

“A playful peeling away of the grown up nonsense to get to the joyous idiot within.” Participant, March 2018 

“An amazing chance to connect with others in a safe space, and through that connect with yourself. Also, my cheeks have only just stopped aching from all the laughing.” Participant, July 2018 

“It was a weekend full of possibility and curiosity. Beautifully and skilfully held… It enabled me to grow as a performer and challenged my perception of how I experience the relationship between performer and audience.” Participant, June 2018 

Price: £150 standard / £120 low income / £90 no income (there are limited concessionary places available)

2019 Dates

  • May 4th and 5th. Application now closed.
  • June 8th and 9th. Application now closed.
  • June 29th and 30th. Application deadline extended  - still open!! Facebook event here.

Venue: St Werburghs Primary School, Bristol

Introduction to Clowning -  more info and application forms here.


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” 

  • Dates: Monday 27 - Friday 31 May 2019
  • Times: 10-6 each day. 
  • People: 12 max
  • Venue: Central Bristol
  • Deadline for applications: 8th April
  • Facebook event here.
  • More info and application form here.
  • To read about what happened on last Summer’s 5-day Clown School click here.

Please note, you need to have completed Holly’s Introduction To Clowning Weekend to attend this course. 


This is a class where actors, dancers, live artists, puppeteers and other performance practitioners can develop their craft in a friendly yet professional atmosphere. 

"A great class with a superb teacher who enabled everyone to learn and grow at their own pace. What a delight!"

  • Dates: June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th 2019
  • Times: 7-9pm
  • Venue: The Island Dance Studio, Silver Street, Bristol
  • Price: £65 / £50 (concessions) for all four sessions
  • more info here
  • ticket link here

Tickets must be purchased before the course commences, first-come, first-served. It's not essential to have completed Holly's Introduction to Clowning to attend Amy's class.

If you want to know about our Summer Schools, coming up this August, click here.

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