When Holly met Jamie

Feb 12 2019

Last week, I met 'international art-clown' Jamie Wood. We'd heard a lot about each other from shared students, and I've seen two of his three solo shows (which are, incidentally, coming to Bristol this week), but we'd never officially met to chat. 

On moving to the southwest of England, Jamie decided it was time look up this Holly Stoppit character, and find out about what I do with my days.

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Holly's interview in The Guardian

Dec 20 2018

Whoopa! My words made it into The Guardian!

Journalist Ryan Gilbey interviewed me, along with a host of other Clowns to put an end to the myth that clowns are a dying breed. Ryan had read the statistic that's been doing the rounds for a few years, that children party clowns are being replaced by Disney characters, threatening the demise of the clown species. 

Very quickly, Ryan found out there's more to clowning than child... Read more >

Spring Workshops Programme 2019

Dec 12 2018

So, you want to learn to be a clown do you? Do you? Or maybe it's your calling to be a fool? Is that the way it is?

Well, look no further, we've got just what you need in spring 2019!

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2018 Reflections

Dec 11 2018

As 2018 quietly grinds to a halt, I'm taking a moment to reflect back and savour the deliciously tangy, rich, fruitful experiences that have made up my year. 2018 has been like one massive, fancy, cake tasting party.

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On Clowns And Clowning

Dec 05 2018

On my final weekend as Clown In Residence at the Bristol Museum, I asked my alter-ego, Professor Patricia McNish H.A. H.A. H.A, to lead four tours around Clowns: the Eggs-hibition. This blog will give you a flavour of some of the content of the tour; there's facts and stories and downright lies, as well as funny things to try.

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Laughter Yoga at Bristol Museum In pics

Nov 27 2018

As Clown in Residence at the Bristol Museum, I was asked to facilitate a Laughter Yoga Workshop. 

Over 50 Bristol laughers came along to the the front hall of the museum on a chilly Wednesday night to laugh their heads off in glorious union! We raised the roof of the museum and let in a bit of starlight!

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24/25 Nov - Final Weekend At The Museum

Nov 23 2018

I'm sad to be leaving all my friends at the museum behind. BUT IT'S NOT OVER YET! This weekend (24th and 25th November), we've got a whole heap of clown-related events coming up in the Eggs-hibition at Bristol Museum, top of Park Street.

The programme is the same for both Saturday and Sunday

11-12 one hour of improvised clowning for f... Read more >

Cultivating Receptivity To Increase Connection

Nov 14 2018

Hello dear reader! This is the third of three blogs, charting my learning through three days of improvised clowning at the Bristol Museum, as their Clown In Residence.

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curiosity is the key

Nov 07 2018

Hello! This is the second of three blogs, charting my learning through three days of improvised clowning at Bristol Museum, as their Clown In Residence.

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Beyond the Ridiculous 8th December show

Nov 06 2018

Beyond the Ridiculous + friends perform a double bill of ‘Fooling’ at the Bristol Improv Theatre!

<<But what is fooling?>>

Fooling a solo improvisation form, where performers use their own real life stories, feelings and thoughts as source material, choosing from a range of performance techniques, including storytelling, character-work, clowning, physical theatre, movement and live music to create audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly resonant, instant theatre.  

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving” -Huffingto... Read more >

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