CPLS01E07 Mental Health Clowns

Holly Stoppit on the Isle of Skye. Photo: Joe Rosser.

This episode of Clown Power Live is chaired by Holly Stoppit. The panel will discuss clowning, circus and mental health and the impact these have on each other. How can clown and circus make a positive difference to the mental health of its audience? What impact does our relationship with our own mental health have on our clowning and circus performance? What discoveries and explorations are being made in these areas right now and how might it develop in the future?

Dublin: Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:00

**There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Free. Donations appreciated. Patreon link below.

Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Who’s on the panel?

Holly Stoppit (Chair):

Holly Stoppit is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance, often exploring mental health. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play.

https://www.hollystoppit.com @hollystoppit https://www.facebook.com/hollystoppitworkshops/ 

TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH11d7YNVNQ

Sue Brent (AKA: Spannergirl):

Sue spent 20 years performing in Circus and more recently teaching Circus skills for 6 years as Trapeze Therapist at Brookfield Primary School and Acland Burghley Secondary School. She’s also spent 10 years at MIND as a Volunteer/service user and is currently group facilitator for Hearing Voices at MIND UK.


Martin Gill:

Martin is a Psychodramatist and Dramatherapist working with individuals, couples and groups. Previously involved in Bouffon clowning workshop as participant and facilitator. Spontaneity clowning work and street theatre director.


Suzy Harvey:

Suzy is a Specialist in Joy and Connection. Suzy holds spaces where people can laugh, play, dance and connect. She’s a Giggle Doctor in children’s hospitals, hosts “Everybody Friendly Screenings” of old films and leads Laughter Yoga sessions online.

www.everybodylaughtogether.com  www.facebook.com/everybodylaughtogether.com

Bash Seagull:

Seagull Ringleader Bash is the founder of The Flying Seagull Project. Bash and his crew share circus, clown, play and laughter in conflict zones, refugee camps and with communities in crisis around the world.


Jamie Wood:

Jamie has been making all sorts of different theatre for 20 years. The last 10 years he’s made and toured internationally a trilogy of solo autobiographical clown shows that look at masculinity, sharing a life, and where we find roots. All of his shows are a search for rituals that don’t exist in his culture in the UK.

www.jamiewood.org.uk Social media: @jamieofthewood

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.


Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder last week; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

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