Breaking Free from Burn Out

Feb 05 2020

Have you ever found yourself in a supermarket, standing stock still, staring at the carrots, unable to figure out whether you need carrots? What would you use them for anyway? What's the point in carrots? Or food in general? Or standing up? In fact, what's the point of anything that isn't lying quietly in the soft, muffled sanctuary of your bed? Would anyone notice if you were to crawl into the carrots and have a little nap?

Welcome to the Land of Burn Out!

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Guest Blog - Helen Duff on Foolish Writing

Jan 28 2020

It brings me great pleasure to present a guest blog from performer / writer and long-term collaborator, Helen Duff. Helen has been applying some of the techniques she learned in my performance workshops to her writing, with fascinating results... Over to you, Helen!

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What happened in 2019?

Dec 21 2019

Wowee! 2019 was a year of accelerated growth! From telly, to TED, to talking gigs, via idiot incubation, clown consultancy and taking time off! Here's a look back through 2019.

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Guest blog from poet in residence, Beccy Golding

Dec 20 2019

I'm delighted to share with you this guest blog from Holly Stoppit Workshops new poet in residence, Beccy Golding.

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Making Space For Play

Dec 11 2019

I'm sitting in Paddington station, beaming the happy glow of a play-geek who's spent a full day of contemplating the nature of play with a gang of fired-up play enthusiasts. 

I was invited up to London by the Wellcome Collection, to speak at their 'Perspectives On Play' symposium...

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Guest Blog 'What I learned from Fools Retreat'

Nov 27 2019

Introducing Guest Blogger Neil Morbey who attended our recent Fools Retreat in Dorset. Neil is a meditation teacher and 1-to1 coach. Over to you Neil...

“I am a beautiful fool, just like everyone else.” 

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I did a TED talk

Nov 24 2019

On the 17th November 2019, I stood on the infamous red dot on the middle of Bristol Old Vic's main stage and spoke to an audience of hundreds about my life and my work. It was filmed from several different angles and the resulting edited film will exist in the ether for the rest of time.

You could say “Wow” or you could say “What an insane thing for a tiny person who has spent a life time suffering with chronic stage fright to do!

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Spring workshops and events 2020

Nov 13 2019

Spring is here! I've seen snowdrops, primroses, crocuses and even a daffodil with my own eyes! It's true!

As the buds on the trees begin to open, what better way to start your year than with a hefty dose of play, laughter, connection and learning?

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Talking TED and tightropes on BBC Radio Bristol

Nov 01 2019

I've just been up to BBC Bristol, to have a chat with Johnny Ray about my upcoming TED talk. 

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Why use positive feedback?

Oct 22 2019

Last week, a recent Intro To Clown student sent me a questionnaire. She's doing a research project about the use of positive feedback in creative learning environments. I happened to have a very long train journey - all the way from Glasgow to Bristol, would you believe? I thought – what better way to pass the time than to joyfully grapple with the subject of positive feedback. I'd like to share some of what I wrote with you, dear reader. I hope it's useful.

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