Holly Stoppit
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Workshops

Holly’s workshops are designed to be of benefit to both professional performers seeking performance skills training and the brave and curious seeking self-development. Through skillful holding and carefully paced progressions of games and exercises, Holly creates the ideal conditions that allow creativity, play, insight, wonder and discovery to thrive. 

Holly has been devising and delivering workshops for adults since 2007. She draws upon her huge history of training and experience in many areas, including: improvisation, clowning, fooling, dance, physical theatre, voice work, creative writing, dramaturgy, dramatherapy, mindfulness, playwork, group process, nonviolent communication and laughter yoga to deliver bespoke, bountiful group experiences. To read more about Holly's experience or see her TEDx Bristol talk, click here

See below for a full list of Holly's workshops. If you have a company or are an individual artist looking to commission your own bespoke training, have a look at what’ s on offer and get in touch with Holly to begin co-designing your ideal workshop. Holly’ s workshops range from 2-hour play sessions to 10 day residencies. 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 1/8/2021

Hello dear reader, 

Holly here, with a COVID update to let you know where I'm at with the workshops.

The pandemic made it impossible to teach my workshops in person, so I spent the last year and a half creating several online courses and organising two online conferences, exploring the personal and political applications of clowning, in collaboration with clown teacher / activist Robyn Hambrook and radministrator Bee Golding, under the banner of The Online Clown Academy

I'm grateful to the pandemic for giving me so many opportunities to meet and hang out with a global community of clowns, through our facebook group, courses and events. The Online Clown Academy kept me sane and gave me so many chances to learn about online teaching and performance. It was incredible to share that journey with Robyn, as neither of us had ever considered working in the digital realm before Covid. But now we have this whole new strand to our work which we intend to keep alive!

For the last couple of months, Robyn and I have followed our bliss back into the real world. Robyn's been doing some amazing clown activism projects and I've been offering consultancies, bespoke training and facilitation for theatre companies and individual artists around the UK. I've also been designing a creative facilitation training course for the autumn (see below for details of this).

If you'd like to receive news of our upcoming courses and events - both online and in real life, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Love and laughter,

Holly x

Upcoming Workshops and Events

The Well-Held Space: Creative Facilitation Training with Holly Stoppit

I'll be offering two versions of this new training course, one in person in Bristol UK and one online.

Explore the theory and practice of creative facilitation, and develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to facilitate groups in a safe, responsive and playful way.

Bristol Version:

  • 2nd and 3rd October 2021
  • 30th and 31st October 2021
  • 27th and 28th November 2021
  • Plus a one-hour one-to-one online session with Holly in the week of the 29th November 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 9th August

Online Version:

  • 23rd and 24th October 
  • 20th and 21st November
  • 11th and 12th December 
  • Plus one-hour one-to-one online session with Holly in the week of 13th December
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 6 September.

More about The Well-Held Space: Creative Facilitation Training here.

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The Well-Held Space: Creative Facilitation Training
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The Mindful Play Inquiry Online
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The Activist Clown Toolkit With Robyn Hambrook
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Zoom Clown 1 Weekly Version
Clown Play
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Zoom Clown 2
Building Blocks to Clown Devising
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Zoom Clown 3 Personal Political Clown Performance
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Fools Play Online
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Lessons From Lockdown, A Creative Reflection Day
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Introduction To Clowning
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Deepening Clown (5-days)
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Comic Storytelling 5-day Course
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5-day Fools School
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Assembling Your Inner Cast
Advanced Fooling Training
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Fools Retreat
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The Inner Critic Inquiry
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Clown-o-therapy
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Comedy Degree Module
Created for Bath Spa University
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Exploring Vulnerability Through Clowning
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Site Responsive Clown Devising
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Clowning To Performance
(weekly classes)
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Cabaret
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Street Theatre
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Site Specific Theatre
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Laughter Yoga

“100% recommended...I find Holly Stoppit's workshops inspiring and energising, challenging, well held in a safe environment. Better than a holiday!”

Previous workshop participant

“Just expect the unexpected - and be prepared to play.”

Previous workshop participant

“The only trouble with doing a workshop with Holly Stoppit is that all other workshops then pale in comparison.”

Previous workshop participant

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