Guest Blog: Dominique Fester on Fools Play

Apr 30 2021

The following blog is written by Beyond The Ridiculous company member, Dominique Fester.

A Ship of Fools - Looking back on Fool’s Play 2021

At the beginning of March 2021 the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous forayed into delivering ‘Fool’s Play’. The course was designed to scoop up fools who had done Holly’s five day training and were hungry for more. What could the fools of Beyond the Ridiculous (Holly’s Professional Fooling Company) share from their own experiences with those relatively new to the fooling path?

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Clowning With Chaos, a mini workshop

Apr 30 2021

Ahead of The Online Clown Academy's Clowning Out Of Chaos Conference (21-23 May), I offered a wee workshop exploring chaos through clowning via Facebook Live.

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Clowning Out Of Chaos Conference

Apr 05 2021

The Online Clown Academy proudly presents their second online conference: 

Clowning Out Of Chaos.

As we start to emerge, blinking, into this new post-coronavirus world, we’re asking:

- How can we clown with chaos?

- How can clowning help us move beyond chaos and create the world we want to live in

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Mindful Play Reflections and Poems

Mar 01 2021

For the last four weeks, I've been running The Mindful Play Sessions on Zoom, for a carefully selected group of wonder-beings as part of my process of writing a Handbook of Mindful Play for group leaders. This blog offers some of my reflections on the past 4 weeks and a collection of poems capturing the essence of Mindful Play written by the group during the sessions.

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Curating The Conditions To Be Creative

Feb 03 2021

My first intensive writing week was supposed to be a retreat in Arvon, a beautiful rural writers haven in Yorkshire, where writers of all disciplines are supported to steep themselves in their practice. There'd be uninterrupted time and space, delicious food to eat, other writers to talk with and Mother Nature to soothe and inspire. The plan was to use this time to explore ways of letting nature and body-based play infuse my writing.

Coronavirus had other plans.

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Fools Play Facilitators

Jan 27 2021

Introducing the foolish facilitators for Fools Play Online!

This 6 week course starts on 25th Feb 2021. The deadline for applications is on Monday 1st February. It is only open to people who have completed Holly Stoppit's 5-day Fools School. 

Each week will be led by a different member of Hollys' fooling troupe, Beyond The Ridiculous.

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How's the writing going?

Jan 17 2021

Ever since I received the email telling me I'd been successful for an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice Award to work on my Mindful Play Handbook, my Inner Critic has had me in a strangle hold: "Who the hell do you think you are, calling yourself a "writer"? How could YOU be a writer? You have no brain and nobody wants to hear what you've got to say anyway."

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My 2020 Projects

Dec 29 2020

Here's a look back on my 2020 projects, charting my journey through this most peculiar of years. This blog describes how my in-person clowning and fooling workshops and guest facilitation gradually morphed into online workshops, performances and creative consultancy. 

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Holly on The Big Juicy Creative Podcast

Dec 27 2020

If you've got time for listening to podcasts, here's me chatting with Suzy Bashford on the Big Juicy Creative podcast.

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Holly talks on the Playfulife Podcast

Dec 10 2020

...cast your mind back to the heady days of May when the air was thick with the scent of blossom and the baby ducklings were just starting to hatch. Anthony Trahair from Playfulife approached me for an interview after watching my Bristol TEDx talk. 

Anthony was especially interested to hear about how safety and risk, vulnerability  and allowing ourselves to be seen in all our weirdness and wildness, feature in my Clown-o-therapy work...

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