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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The flop = failure and failure = death

Nov 05 2018

What I learned from Clowning in the Museum – Day 1

Last week, I spent three days in the Bristol Museum, as their Clown In Residence, bringing fun and laugher to family audiences inside Clowns: the Eggshibition. 

Each morning, I spent an hour doing improvised red-nosed clowning, armed only with a rail full of costumes and... Read more >

Future Dreams Brainstorming

Sep 17 2018

It's that time of year again, the time when I quietly haul up and reflect on my past year and dream about my year to come. As someone who needs to be constantly learning, challenged, stretched and inspired, my career has taken many unusual twists and turns. Many of which have been intentional! 

I have a regular reflection practice which I'd like to share with you below. I've refined it a bit since I last described it Read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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