Holly Stoppit
Adam Fung
Holly Stoppit
Adam Fung
Holly Stoppit
Adam Fung
Holly Stoppit
Adam Fung
Holly Stoppit
Paul Blakemore
Holly Stoppit
Paul Blakemore
Holly Stoppit
Paul Blakemore
Holly Stoppit
Paul Blakemore
Holly Stoppit
Group shots by Adam Fung / solos by Paul Blakemore

Beyond The Ridiculous

Holly is the Artistic Director of Beyond The Ridiculous, an improvisational theatre company comprising of Holly’s long-term students. 

We all have different sides to ourselves, some we present to the outside world in neat acceptable packages and others that are locked away in small cupboards, only allowed out every 3rd Thursday or during a Full Moon. The fools of Beyond The Ridiculous remove the filters and invite all the weird and wonderful creatures of the mind out to play! 

Fooling is never planned. Each fool steps into the empty space with no idea what they will do and simply connects with their own feelings, thoughts and physicality. They choose from a range of performance techniques to carefully craft short nuggets of audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly resonant, never-to-be-repeated, instant theatre.

What it is not: Traditional improv where the audience prompts the performers to do a funny skit.

What it is: Solo performers starting with nothing, feeling into the atmosphere of the moment, finding a simple idea or impulse and developing it into a short piece of theatre. 

Beyond The Ridiculous is a chance to be inspired by courageous performers leaping into the limitless possibilities of each moment. As the fools dance their hopes, sing their dreams, clown with their fears, embody their grief, you may laugh, you may cry, you might stare dumbfounded as you see yourself reflected in the fools’ play.

Beyond The Ridiculous are available for hire for events, festivals and bespoke projects. Get in touch to find out more.

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***New online live show dates*** 

***October 10th 2020***

The Wardrobe Theatre present Beyond The Ridiculous in:

The New "Normal"

A live, improvised, online celebration of the human condition!

10th October 2020  8pm | £10 / £5 | Beamed into your living room via zoom | Limited Tickets Available here.

More info about the live event here.

More about Beyond The Ridiculous:

Behind The Scenes at BTR's first online performance; Voices of Lockdown Live and Unleashed.

Poems written in response to Voices of Lockdown Live and Unleashed by Bee Golding

Photos and artwork from Beyond The Ridiculous' April fools takeover of the Wardrobe Theatre 2019; Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Review from Huffington Post

Review from Weston Super Mum

Blog from Talking Cat

Beyond The Ridiculous in Art And Words 2017

Artwork made in response to BTR From 2016

Beyond The Ridiculous Facebook Page

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving”

Huffington Post review.

“Change your life, shake the doom from your hair. Go see Beyond the Ridiculous.”

Weston Super-Mum review

“The fools took the risk to be seen, and generously poured their hearts and souls onto the stage for us to splash in.”

Talking Cat Review

“I actually cried laughing.”

Audience response

“It was so releasing. I feel in a much better place than when I walked in. Seeing everyone getting their crazy parts out made me feel connected to mine. But I push mine down. Seeing the performers release it all made me want to get out and play more.”

Audience response

“I have definitely never seen anything like that before.”

Audience response

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