Holly Stoppit
The Online Clown Academy
Apply now

Zoom Clown 3 Personal Political Clown Performance

This advanced course from The Online Clown Academy offers an investigation into how to make playful performance using your own personal material and / or political stance as a starting point.

“Audacious, surprising, challenging & fun.” - previous participant

Zoom Clown 3 builds on our Zoom Clown 2: Building Blocks to Clown Devising course. During Zoom Clown 3, you will apply your knowledge of how to devise clown performance through play, but this time we’ll be shining a light on how to generate material from our own life experiences and desires for change in the world. This course includes a scratch performance at our upcoming Clowning Out of Chaos Conference (working title).

This course is facilitated by Holly Stoppit and Robyn Hambrook, founders of The Online Clown Academy. 

  • Over 6 x 2 ½ hour sessions Holly will lead you through explorations of how to play with your own personal material, and Robyn will guide you through investigations into how to address political issues through your performance. 

  • You'll then receive support from Holly, Robyn and the other members of the group to create an original short solo piece to be performed in an online cabaret as part of The Online Clown Academy's Clowning Out Of Chaos Conference (working title). 

  • There will be a final guided reflection session the following week, to help you articulate your learning through the course and consider how you might like to apply it to future performance projects.

“[I got] Enormous self confidence and lots of useful techniques.” - previous participant

“[It’s like] Joining a group of people with no idea what you're doing, having fun doing weird stuff for weeks and then somehow magically ending up with an act to perform at the end of it, completely unsure how or where that came from but just aware it works. Also great for learning a lot about yourself, personally and politically.” - previous participant

“[I enjoyed] the creation of a solo performance using my own material. Enjoyed the buzz of performing to a live audience.” - previous participant

Zoom Clown 3 draws on Holly and Robyn's specialities: exploring the personal (Holly) and the political (Robyn) through playful performance. Both Holly and Robyn focused their MA dissertations on these subjects and have since been integrating their findings into live theatrical projects as diverse as directing full length solo autobiographical theatre shows themed around mental health (Holly) and rallying a clown army to raise awareness of climate change at the Extinction Rebellion protests (Robyn).

April / May Course details

Who's it for?

Open to anyone who has completed The Online Clown Academy’s Zoom Clown 2 – Building Blocks to Devising (previously known as Clown Workouts Advanced Clowning), plus anyone who has completed any of Holly Stoppit's 5 day courses.

Sessions: 7 plus performance


First session Sunday 18 April, 5-7.30pm (UK-time)

Then 6 x weekly sessions on Thursdays 7-9.30pm (UK-time):

22 & 29 April and 6, 13, 20, 27 May.

Performance: The scratch performance will take place on zoom on the evening on Friday 21 May. You will need to be available for our usual session time of 7-9.30pm (UK-time) on that date, to warm up and prepare for the performance at 8pm.

Where? Zoom

How much? £180 standard / £150 low income / £120 no income / £80 bursary* for the 6 week block + booking fee (select the level of payment that reflects your circumstances)

* Limited £80 bursary places available

How do I book a place?

1. Apply right away - we are allocating places on a first-come first-served basis

2. Complete the short application form below

3. If you are accepted for a place we will send you payment details

4. Once you have paid we will send final joining information and your Zoom Clown link


This course is booking on a first-come, first-served basis and has an application process to help us gather a little info about you, so that we can support you through the journey.

More about the Online Clown Academy

The Online Clown Academy was originally created as a space for clowns of all ages and all stages of their clown evolution to meet, play, connect and share their creative hilarity during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. To read about what we've been up to, see this blog. Find our facebook group here.

More about Holly Stoppit

Holly is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance. Holly grew up in the circus and worked as a clown for over 2 decades before hanging up her red nose to specialise in facilitating the birth of baby clowns and the creation of clown performance. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play. More about Holly here.

More about Robyn Hambrook

Robyn is a performance artist, director, teacher and producer with over twenty years’ experience. Her passion lies in physical theatre, circus, street arts and rebel clowning. Participation is at the heart of her work, she enjoys involving community & artists in the creative process and creating work that asks the audience to join in, empowering everyone she meets to realise their own creative potential. Check out Robyn's website here.

BOOK A PLACE ON Zoom Clown 3 Personal Political Clown Performance


18 April 2021 - 27 May 2021

Apply now

Holly Stoppit menu