"LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN ACTIVE MEDITATION AND AN ACID TRIP”

Apr 14 2019

In the run up to the Beyond The Ridiculous Easter takeover of the Wardrobe Theatre, I got interviewed by Steve Wright of Bristol 24/7.

First, Steve asked me to to explain what 'Fooling' is:

“The archetype of the Fool is driven by innocence, truth and trust. Th... Read more >

Why do fools fool?

Apr 12 2019

Last weekend, having discovered a cunning way out of my own book-writing procrastination hell, which involved connecting back with the parts of me that had originally embarked on the adventure of writing a book, I posed the question to the Fools in training: which parts of you want to perform in the Easter Beyond The Ridiculous public shows?

I wrote dow... Read more >

Beyond The Ridiculous interviews BCFM

Apr 11 2019

In the run up to Beyond The Ridiculous' 3-night run at The Wardrobe Theatre, two of our Fools, Naomi Smyth and Gen Davis were interviewed on 2 different shows on Bristol Community FM.

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April fools - The Cast

Mar 26 2019

Introducing the cast of fools for Beyond The Ridiculous' three night celebration of the Human Condition at The Wardrobe Theatre, April 19, 20 and 21 2019.

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Beyond The Ridiculous - April 19, 20, 21 2019

Feb 25 2019

Holly Stoppit's company of fools, Beyond The Ridiculous, return to The Wardrobe Theatre for a 3-night celebration of the human condition!

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.” The Huffington Post

19th, 20th and 21st April 2019

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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 >

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 >

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 

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Beyond The Ridiculous Art and Words

Dec 07 2017

Back in October, Beyond The Ridiculous, our company of fools, performed solo improvisation on the theme of risk, in a 3-night fool fest called Cliff Jumping For Beginners, as part of Circus City Festival.

Three fantastic artists, a brilliant photographer and 2 wonderful writers sat in the audience, responding to our playtime with images and words.

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Cliff Jumping For Beginners This Weekend!

Oct 13 2017

Wowsers, what an incredible week's training with the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous!

All 12 fools have been split down into their component parts and reassembled ready to play for you at The Wardrobe Theatre all weekend, starting tonight!

We don't know which parts of us will turn up or what they will do or say, but each fool now has a cast of stock characters they can drop into at any moment; there are inner... Read more >

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