Live Dates: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December
A 2-day workshop gently immersing you into the state of clown, where everything is possible and nothing is quite as it seems. You’ll 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.
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.
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.
This training is ideal for emerging / professional performers of any discipline who wish to improve their stage presence and connection with audiences. But you don’t need to be a performer to come to clown school, over the last 8 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.
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?
“Holly is an inspirational, passionate and very, very generous teacher.”
“… a wonderful exploration of letting go of ego! To simultaneously release fear of appearing foolish…, cultivate and sustain intimate connection with an audience, and support and be supported by others to follow what’s working, spontaneously and without attachment is an extraordinary practice. I’m not sure whether the wondrous curiosity and playfulness is another layer to the experience, or the only context in which it can possibly happen, and it doesn’t really matter – it just works, and is totally transformative when it does. And I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in two days in my life.”
£150 / £120 / £90
£150 is the sponsor rate for those earning enough support a concessionary place.
£120 is the standard rate.
£90 is the concessionary rate for those on benefits or in full time education. There are limited concessionary places available.
This course will have 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 see website for application form: http://www.hollystoppit.com/workshops/introduction-to-clowning or email Beccy, Holly’s event coordinator, if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE 24 October
St Werburghs Primary School
Holly Stoppit/Beccy Golding
07894 015 937