Holly Stoppit’s Introduction To Clowning Weekend

Listed by: Holly Stoppit
Contact: Holly Stoppit (Email)

Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.

This Spring (2018), Holly is running 4 Introduction To Clowning Weekends in Bristol:

  • 24th and 25th February 2018
  • 24th and 25th March 2018
  • 28th and 29th April 2018
  • 16th and 17th June 2018


Holly Stoppit’s Introduction to Clowning is a 2-day workshop which gently immerses you into the state of clown, where everything is possible and nothing is quite as it seems. You will be led through a carefully paced progression of group games and exercises, designed to free up your body, voice and imagination, anchoring you in the present, connecting you with the group and helping you to effortlessly enter into the states of ‘flow’ and ‘play’. From here, your clown will start to emerge.

Clown is not a character you put on, it’s a gentle stripping back to a state of child-like wonderment, where pleasure, playfulness and exploration rule. Your clown is the most curious, spontaneous and authentic part of you and Holly delights in creating safe and non-judgmental environments full of invitations for clowns to come out to play.

Over the weekend, you’ll experience a multitude of technical comedy exercises, all geared towards helping you release more laughter from audiences. We’ll explore how physicality, breath, timing, rhythm, surprise and truth provoke laughter. You’ll discover how embracing and sharing your vulnerability through your clown can open up an audacious, laughter-laden quality of connection with audiences.

This training is ideal for emerging / professional performers of any discipline who wish to improve their stage presence, connection with audiences and ease on stage. But you don’t need to be a performer to come to clown school, over the last 10 years, Holly has taught this course to actors, bank managers, therapists, musicians, teachers, politicians, comedians, I.T specialists… If you are interested in cultivating a playful, light, deep and honest connection with yourself and others, then this is the course for you.

About Holly

Holly Stoppit is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance. Holly is artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous and freelance facilitator / director / creative consultant offering bespoke services for professional theatre companies, community organisations, universities, businesses and individual artists. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play. For more info about Holly see her website www.hollystoppit.com

What do other people say?

“I would say it looks like two days of clown school but is really two nourishing days of essential life skills. Everyone should go.”- Participant, December 2017

“The surprise was the way you held the group, your clever, penetrating, honest and clear way of holding a group and keeping the work moving always forward.”- Participant, November 2017

“Brilliant introduction to the “world of clown” – great fun… if in doubt – go for it!”- Participant, April 2017


£150 / £120 / £90
£150 is the sponsor rate for those earning enough to support another participant to attend.
£120 is the standard rate.
£90 is the concession rate for those on benefits or in full time education. There are limited concessionary places available.

To apply:

This 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). No experience of performing is needed but your reasons will be considered, and priority may be given to those who have applied before and we couldn’t fit on – these courses fill up quick!

Please fill out an application form which you can find on Holly’s website:  http://www.hollystoppit.com/workshops/introduction-to-clowning

Feel free to email Beccy, Holly’s event coordinator, on [email protected] if you have any questions.

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