Writer's Block

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 >

April Fools Gold

Apr 12 2018

On March 31st, Beyond The Ridiculous put on a fundraiser for Many Minds mental health charity. Thanks to those who came and those who cheered us on from afar!

We celebrated April Fools Day, Easter and Full Moon in full foolish style. Stories of windy cliff top goodbyes, gawky 11 year old mermaids, and a long, long journey to Frome, bubbled up and... Read more >

Differences Between Clowning and Fooling

Apr 11 2018

There's still time to apply for my August 2018 Summer Schools! Here's a bit more info to help you choose the right Summer School for you. 

What’s going to happen to me if I sign up for Summer School?

If you sign up for Summer School, you'll get 5 days in a well-held space, with a bunch of very interesting people, playing, reflecting and developing skills in... Read more >

Mindful Play Session Notes- Session 4- Connection

Mar 29 2018

The final Mindful Play Session of the season saw 42 playful people gather to explore their relationship with connection. We started with a TED-style talk, exploring firstly why connection is important:

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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 >

Summer Workshops 2018

Mar 15 2018

Now that all that snow has melted and the poor, bruised daffodils are bravely smiling up at the sun, it must be time to plan your summer fun! 

Here at Holly Stoppit Towers, Beccy, my wonderful workshop co-ordinator and I have been plotting and planning a summer of laughter and learning just for you! Whether you're a newbie clown, wanting to tentatively dip your toe into our upside-down world or a seasoned idiot, wanting to top up your comedy t... Read more >

Mindful Play Session Notes - Session 3 - Spontaneity

Mar 14 2018

Session 3 of the Mindful Play Sessions. This one was about Spontaneity. We started by defining the meaning of 'spontaneity' and pondering it's purpose, with the help of various experts. 

First up was this quote from Blatner and Blatner, authors of The Art of Play:

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Cannonballista Reviews

Mar 13 2018

The reviews are in for Liz's Clarke's final outing of Cannonballista, the one woman show I directed last year and have been touring with since September.

To me, the show last week in Cardiff, on international women's day, felt like a fitting end to an incredible tour. We were in The Sherman Theatre studio, where Liz came as a young person to have her mind blown by crazy avant-g... Read more >

April Fool Fundraiser!

Mar 05 2018

What would April Fools Day be without a night of mystery, spontaneity, play, truth and laughter? The Fools of Beyond The Ridiculous invite you to a night of fooling in aid of Many Minds.

When: Fools Eve, Saturday 31 March 2018, 7.30 pm  

Where: Upstairs at The Greenbank Pub, Easton, Bristol

Tickets: £7.50 advanced / £8 cash on the door 

Beyond The... Read more >

MINDFUL PLAY SESSION NOTES - SESSION TWO - FLOW

Mar 01 2018

Session 2 of The Mindful Play Sessions. Even though the snow was falling, a freezing cold room full of intrepid explorers came together to explore the theme of flow through meditation and play.

I started with an explanation of flow, as defined by psychologist Mihali Csikszentmihalyi: 

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