Holly Stoppit
Paul Blakemore

Fools Play Online

Discover a different way of playing with the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous - join us for our 6-week online Fools Play sessions in spring 2021. 

Applications are back open for this course. Now booking on a first come, first served basis.

This course is anyone who has completed Holly Stoppit’s 5-day Fools School.

For 2 hours on Thursday evenings, we will gather online to connect with our community of fools - coming back together to play, dance, sing, breathe and explore our many masks. 

Each session will be led by a different fool, following the familiar pattern of a grounding and short check in to start, before moving into a physical/vocal warm up to prepare you for the particular area of foolish investigation that each fool has to offer:

Aisha Ali - let's be silly, make sounds and feel that connection with our many selves and other fools.

Chez Dunfois - let’s combine physical contact with voice to experience and discover the masks we hold in our bones, skin, muscles, fascia, blood, guts, eyeballs, ear lobes, inside the body and on its edges - a physical and vocal journey into the house of our stories.

Robbie Foulstone - let’s explore what we can do to really let go into the masks, whilst keeping one foot firmly on the ground.

Dominique Fester - let's play physical theatre! A light-hearted exploration as to how we can bring our bodies to the party more fully. Ways to have more visual impact, along with some dance improv and movement conditioning.

Ed Rapley - let’s explore the relationship between performer and audience: letting go of broadcasting and embracing imagination.

Naomi Smyth - let’s explore Fools on Film: Bring TV and film images and techniques into your play. Use lighting, props and set from what's lying around.

Your foolish team has masses of teaching experience between them, on top of years and years of Fooling performances under their belts. You can read about their experience here. I can tell you, you’re in for a treat! The team have been training together online since the beginning of lockdown and have performed in Beyond The Ridiculous’ two recent online shows Voices of Lockdown Live and Unleashed and The New “Normal.” Through these experiences they have formed a wonderfully supportive network which will help them guide you through a deep and revelatory journey. Holly will be in the background, supporting the team to carefully plan their sessions with the usual high standards of safety and adaptability factored in. 

The skills learned during this course will enrich your performance practice, sharpen your focus and nourish your soul. (NB there is no public performance element to this course.)

Participants from last year’s Fools Play sessions said

"I threw out a line there and I feel caught by my community of fools."

"I feel I have new resources to pull on when thinking about online play and performance."

"Thank you so much for making this work so inspiring and magic."


Dates: Thursday 25 February - Thursday 1 April 

Time: 7.30pm-9.30 pm 

Venue: on Zoom 

Cost: £120 Standard rate / £100 low income / £80 no income 

Places: only 18 places available 

To apply

Application's have opened again as of 5/2/21 feel free to apply

This course is anyone who has completed Holly Stoppit’s 5-day Fools School.

The course has an application process to make sure we’ve got a good mix of bods in the room (taking gender, age, performance experience etc into consideration). Priority will be given to creating a balanced group.

This is a group journey and a 6-week commitment. As with all our courses, you're welcome to turn up however you are and participate in whatever way feels nourishing for you, but setting out with an intention to attend all the sessions will support us all.

Application form below.

To read more about the facilitators, click here.

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