Holly Stoppit


Holly’s directing approach is playful, organic and responsive, joyfully opening to and playing with whatever’s in the room. Holly’s devising alchemy is rooted in both practicality and magic and centres around creating and maintaining a safe environment; full of trust, permission, curiosity and support. In this fertile space, theatre artists find themselves taking great creative risks, discovering new skills, connections, pleasure and insight which can be processed into theatrical material to be performed, or pave the way for further creative discoveries to be made. Holly is dedicated to making space for the mystery of creativity to unfold.

Holly’s dramatherapy skills allow her to take performers through very deep exploratory process, which can be vital when creating autobiographical work, and also prove valuable to any creative team wishing to work through psychological / interpersonal blocks. Holly’s fascination with the magic and mystery of creative process, combined with her deep knowledge of how to work with fear and remove perceived limitations, plus regular support from a clinical supervisor, make her a fearless creative adventurer in a rehearsal room. She believes the creative gold is often just on the other side of the block and can provide many ways to help people move through their perceived limitations into a more expansive and limitless space.

Throughout the devising process, Holly is constantly considering the audience's experience, making sure the end result is original, accessible, satisfying and full of surprises. Holly has a particular taste for improvisation and direct, responsive audience connection and enjoys finding ways to keep at least some of every show she works on open to the moment, ensuring each audience has a uniquely memorable experience.

"Working with Holly is a vital part of creating my solo shows. Her ability to create a safe space for me to take risks and her encouragement to go beyond unhelpful restrictions has made my work so much richer. Working with her is a creative challenge and an absolute pleasure."
- Ed Rapley

Holly is happy to respond to work at all stages of development, from gently breathing life into fragile new ideas to offering dynamic impulses to shake up existing work. Holly's directing experience includes:

  • Solo theatre shows 
  • Small scale touring theatre 
  • Improvised / interactive theatre
  • Autobiographical theatre
  • Storytelling shows
  • Street theatre 
  • Clown theatre
  • Cabaret acts
  • Theatre for family audiences
  • Site specific theatre
  • Installation performance
  • Walkabout performance
  • Community theatre
  • Integrating live music into performance
  • Integrating circus / dance into narrative performance
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