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Fooling - Holly Stoppit's Summer School week 4


Fooling - Holly Stoppit's Summer School week 4

This 5-day course equips participants with the tools to walk onto an empty stage with no script, no plan and no ideas and discover and play with whatever is ready to be seen.

Please note: you need to have completed Holly’s Introduction To Clown Weekend to attend this course.

Deadline for applications: Friday 7th June
About 5-day Fools School

Fooling is a form of solo improvisation where you get to meet and play with the cast of characters who normally live inside your head, eg the inner child, the inner critic, the inner guide, the inner anarchist, the inner artist, the inner hermit... Some might have something remarkable to say, others might express themselves through dance or song, some might just turn up and sit quietly. The Fool, approaching life with openness and curiosity, walks into the empty space and says, "Wow, look what I found!”.

Although Fooling is a solo form, this workshop is very much a group journey. Working with honesty and integrity, the group support each other to find an audaciously authentic quality of play.

Each day there are mindfulness meditations, physical warm ups, group games and exercises to enable participants to explore different methods of accessing and embodying their own personal cast of characters. There are also lots of opportunities to play solo for each other in a safe and supportive environment.

You can use the week to:

- Learn to listen to yourself more
- Blast through personal blocks to creativity
- Meet your doubt and fear- dialogue and dance with them
- Develop a more sensitive, connected, alive and dangerous performance style
- Learn tools to safely bring your vulnerability and authentic feelings into any style of performance
- Generate raw material which can be used as the basis of creating devised theatre
- Discover a structure for creating instant performance anywhere

Fooling has formed the foundation for most of Holly’s performing / directing work since she began her training with Franki Anderson, 18 years ago. Over the years, Holly has woven in many strands of her professional training and experience, including mindfulness, dramatherapy, dance-movement, voice work, communication skills training, creative writing and sacred clown, to develop her own version of the form.

Feedback from previous participants:

“Deep, funny, touching, playful”

“Whenever people ask me how it was, the same thing happens: 'Boof' I say, while flinging my hands away from my head and body.”

“Holly, thanks for making the space so safe and inviting us to be so brave. I hide it, but I find it so difficult in groups and this showed me it doesn't always have to be! Fooling was a really special experience for me that I will cherish always!”

Dates: Monday 26 - Friday 30 August 2019
Times: 10am-6pm each day except Friday, which will finish by 6.30pm
People: 8
Venue: St Michaels Parish Hall, central Bristol

Cost*: £350/ £300/ £250
Standard/low income/no income

* This course is week four of Holly Stoppit's 4-week summer school programme - there are discounts for attending multiple weeks. For a full list of the summer schools look here:
** Scroll to the bottom for the full list of prices & discounts.

The questions on the application form are designed to help Holly organise balanced groups of participants, taking things like age, gender, performance experience and hopes for the workshop into account to create optimum learning groups.


** 4-week summer school programme prices
1 week: £350 std / £325 low income / £300 no income
Any 2 weeks - £50 discount: £650 std / £600 low income / £550 no income
Any 3 weeks - £150 discount: £900 std / £825 low income / £750 no income
All four weeks - £300 discount: £1100 std / £1000 low income / £900 no income.

Please email aW5mbyB8IGhvbGx5c3RvcHBpdCAhIGNvbQ== if you have any questions that aren't answered here.

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore.

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