10 Top Tips For Creative Process
Jul 20 2018
Today is my last day of writing retreat. For the last two weeks, I've put myself in beautiful places to work on my book. For the first week, I rented an apartment on my own in the lovely seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon and for the second week, I shared a cottage in rural Crean in Cornwall with an actual real writer and a musician.
Writing retreat was a blissful, nightmarish, straightforward, impossible, inevitable, wonderful rollercoaster and... Read more >
The Fine Line between Comedy and Trauma
Jul 10 2018
Have you seen Hannah Gadsby's 'Nanette' on Netflix yet? If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Cancel your plans and set up your telly-box right now! If you haven't got Netflix, get it or hassle a friend who has. I know, it's hot and you've got things to do, but this is one of the bravest, most powerful comedy shows you'll see. Take it from me, I've seen a few!
At the top of her hour-long... Read more >
Scratch Nights for Idiots
Jun 05 2018
Where do all the idiots go?
So, you've done your clown workshops, you've got some half-baked material, you're feeling terrified, but brave enough to give it a go, but where do all the southwest idiots go to try out in front of “real” audiences?
Well, you'll be pleased to hear, we've a rapidly developing alternative comedy scene here in Bristol. When I say alternative, I mean not stand up. I mean everything else; clowning, fooling, stor... Read more >
Artists Development at Bath Fringe
May 21 2018
It's not always easy to give your life to the arts but without the artists, this world would be a much duller place. Artists offer their joy, creativity and courage to explore the human condition so that we can see ourselves more clearly. So who's taking care of the artists? Bath Fringe, that's who!
For the last 4 years, I've had the pleasure of co-creating and facilitating the New Work Works Artist Development Scheme for Bath Fringe... Read more >
Apr 25 2018
Inner Academic: When am I going to get time to write? When am I going to get time to write? When am I going to get time to write?
Inner Facilitator: How about now? Here's a whole, clear week I've put aside for you in the diary.
Inner Academic: Ah, but I'm really tired right now.
Inner Facilitator: OK, I see that, why don't you have a little rest and come back to i... Read more >
Empathy as a conduit to Connection
Mar 23 2018
This week, in preparation for next Tuesday's final Mindful Play Session, I've been reconnecting with my Work In Progress research from last year. My third and final show explored the theme of 'connection' which is also the theme for next week's Mindful Play.
The theme that keeps coming up is... Read more >
Dec 05 2017
Hello to all those who are following the progress of my Inner Critic Inquiry Course online and hello to all the newbies who are joining us today!
This blog will outline some of the theory underpinning the session as well as describing a couple of exercises for you to try at home. Hope you enjoy it!
Week 7 of The Inner Critic Inquiry: Boundaries.
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Self Care! Self Care! Self Care!
Nov 22 2017
It’s week 5 of The 8-week Inner Critic Inquiry Course. We’re half way through the course! The participants have been working hard, showing up every week to meet their critics and get to know them, through writing, artwork, embodiment and discussion, more about the sorts of things we've been up to here.
After so much hard work, it felt like the right time to push the critics to one si... Read more >
Embracing The Shadow Within
Nov 06 2017
Hello! In this blog you'll get to read some of the theory underpinning The Inner Critic Inquiry as well as detailed instructions about how to safely explore your own Inner Critic. Enjoy!
Advice From The Comedy Lecturer
Dec 20 2016
Last week, my 3rd year degree students’ brief was to create 5 minutes of stand-up or character comedy to be performed for the class for feedback.
It’s been a fascinating journey teaching comedy at degree level, as it’s forced me to find the words to express what for me has always been instinctual. I was brought up on the stage and laughter has always been my easiest form of communication and after spending the last 10 years working... Read more >