Holly Stoppit
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Playful Presence
For Poets, Public Speakers and People Who Use Words

Do you use words in your work? Do you want to bring more presence, flow and play into how you share your words with others? Do you want to learn playful, imaginative and body-based approaches to generating and sharing words so that they land in other people’s imaginations and hearts? Then this is the workshop for you!

This new two-day in-person workshop from Holly Stoppit is designed for poets or public speakers and people who use words in their work, who want to build confidence and learn techniques to bring more play, ease, authenticity and flow into their performance.

Holly will hold a safe and exploratory space where a small group of adults can take risks to explore creative approaches to bringing text and improvised words to life. 

Holly Stoppit is a performance skills teacher, facilitator and dramatherapist specialising in playful, interactive, autobiographical performance. For this workshop, she will dip into her massive performer-training toolkit and pull out exercises from a variety of sources including Natural Voice, Action Theatre, improvisation, stand-up comedy, Archetypal Play, Whelan Technique mindfulness meditation and guided reflection. More about Holly here.

This workshop is partly funded by Arts Council England, as part of a poet’s Developing Your Creative Practice project.  

Dates / Times / Venue / Cost

Dates: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February 2022

Times: 10-5.00 both days

Venue: The Roundhouse at the Community Farm, Chew Magna, BS40 8SZ

Cost: £60 (standard) / £40 (for people on benefits / in full time education)*

Application form at the bottom of this page.

We will be offering places on a first come, first served basis

Once we have accepted your application, we will send you details of how to pay. Your place will be secured when we receive your payment.

*If cost is an issue, get in touch with us as we may be able to offer a free bursary place.

Covid Policy

This workshop is designed with covid safety in mind, all activities will be offered at distance in a well-ventilated space. In order to make it as safe as possible, we will ask you to agree to the following on the application form:

  • Please do a lat flow test on both days of the workshop

  • Please bring a mask - we may use them when doing breath work to minimise the risk.

  • Wash your hands often - we’ll provide hand sanitizer

  • As the space will be well ventilated, you will need to bring layers to keep warm

  • Please do not attend if you have covid symptoms or a positive lateral flow or PCR test 

  • In signing up to the weekend, you need to agree to have your details shared with NHS track and trace in the event of a covid outbreak.

  • If you have a positive covid test within 14 days of coming to our workshop, please let us know, so we can let all the other group members and the NHS know.

  • Even with all these preventative restrictions in place, we cannot guarantee a covid-free environment. Your health is ultimately your responsibility.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you need to cancel your place before the course begins, full refunds can only be given up until two weeks before the course starts

  • Should you need to cancel your place after this date, 50% of your payment will be retained, unless your place can be suitably filled

  • For drop-outs within 72 hours (3 days) of the start of the course, your full fee will be retained.

  • In the event of you needing to self isolate because of suspected or actual covid, you will be able to get your money back.

  • In the event of another national or local lockdown, this course will be moved to new dates.

  • If you are unable to attend the rescheduled dates, then we will offer a refund.


BOOK A PLACE ON Playful Presence

Chew Magna Community Farm

12 February 2022 - 13 February 2022

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