What The Frock Are These Costumes?!

Alice talks about her experience making a show where the costumes don't fit the norm, and what it's like to perform in an outdoor dance show. Photos by Chris Parkes

Dancing After Having a Baby

KJ gives her advice and experience of going back to work as a dancer after having a baby.

Looking back at Frippery

Hear from Yasmin about her favourite memories from our community show Frippery, from creative process to the exciting performance.

5 ways to stay fit and healthy over summer

Fin shares five ways to help any dancer stay strong and healthy during over the summer.

Sg2 Top Tips - Sander

Sander gives 3 top tips for starting your dance training

Monday Musings with AD - Making a new piece of work

Monday, 21 August, 2017

This week's musings with Lucy answer a question we often get asked when making a new production.

Monday Musings with AD - 'Zeitgeist'

Monday, 24 July, 2017

Another Monday with Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett - today's musings focus on the similarities between choreographers ideas

Monday musings with AD - Creating via Whatsapp

Monday, 19 June, 2017

Lucy writes about the new exciting creative process for Stopgap's collaboration with 2 East African companies

ISTD Springboard: Hannah's reflections

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

We hear from Hannah as she talks about her experience of teaching rep from The Awakening as part of an ISTD Springboard workshop at Urdang Academy in April...

Athens Residency: Hannah's notes

Monday, 15 May, 2017

Hannah shares her experience at the Athens Residency in March...

Abi, on Apart

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Abigail Mortimer reflects on her experience working with Laura Jones and Suzie Birchwood...

Siobhan reflects on Moon Language

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

With one week to go Siobhan reflects on the process of creating Moon Language  

iF not now, when? - Part 3

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Final part of the iF not now, when? blogs, finishing with the full provocation from Dan Daws...

Night at the Theatre

Thursday, 21 July, 2016

Hannah writes about the ideas behind Night at the Theatre and the creation process...

The Enormous Room - the starting point

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

In this first blog about Stopgap's next major production The Enormous Room, Artistic Director Lucy Bennett talks about the overall concept and how ideas for the work developed and changed.

Spring Lab 2016 with Chris

Tuesday, 12 April, 2016

Here is Chris’ experience of Spring Lab 2016, discussing his thoughts on the exercises and tasks from Laura and Siobhan.

Laura - iF Residency at The Point

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

Hear from Laura about her time working with Indepen-dance 4 at the iF Residency, and her revived choreography A:Version...

Tomos on working with Theo Clinkard

Wednesday, 12 November, 2014

Tomos writes about the day Theo Clinkard came into the studio and worked with Stopgap

Why we made The Awakening - Part 2

Friday, 5 September, 2014

Our Company Producer Sho Shibata gives his insight into producing The Awakening, which was the first touring dance production ever to be made by learning disabled choreographer (part 2 of a two-part blog. Click here for part 1). 

GUEST BLOG - Bill and Bobby

Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

Helen Bendell, this weeks Guest blogger, writes about her experience researching and developing Stopgap’s newest outdoor work, 'Bill and Bobby', commissioned by National Theatre: Performance 24th August 2014.

Why we made The Awakening - Part 1

Thursday, 26 June, 2014

Prior to the London premiere of Chris’ new outdoor work at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Company Producer Sho Shibata talks about what makes Chris’ work so appealing (Part 1 of a 2 Part blog). For part 2, click here.

Chris on creation of The Awakening

Monday, 9 June, 2014

Our learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia has done a quick Q&A about his inspiration behind our new outdoor production The Awakening.

Responsive Teaching and CPDs by David

Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

David talks about the recent Responsive Teaching and CPD sessions he has taught over the past month, explaining where his enjoyment lies in sharing his expertise.

London Premiere!

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

In advance to our London premiere of Artificial Things, our Company Producer Sho Shibata talks about what our audience can expect from the production.

Dancer reflections: Chris

Monday, 7 April, 2014

Teaching at RAD

Monday, 31 March, 2014

David writes about teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance…

GUEST BLOG - Dancing in Spite of Injury - Part Five

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

Part five to Jo Cork’s recovery blog highlights the mental struggles you go through…

Inspired by Stopgap

Monday, 17 March, 2014

Joy writes a blog about how working with Stopgap has opened and changed her views on everyday life…

Nadenh's blog on seeing Protein Dance perform

Monday, 10 March, 2014

Sg2 went to watch Protein Dance last week. Nadenh writes up his thoughts on the performance…

Guildford Youth Company's Jenny

Monday, 10 March, 2014

Long time member of Stopgap’s Guildford Youth Company, Jenny, has written a blog on her experiences of her one-to-one sessions and the company…

Working with Guildford Youth Company

Monday, 10 March, 2014

Tomos writes a blog about his experience choreographing on Stopgap’s Youth Company…


GUEST BLOG - Dancing in Spite of Injury - Part Four

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

Part four to Jo Cork’s blogs explains how a Stopgap company class can open the mind…

The Dunkirk Lowdown from Hannah

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

Hannah writes a blog about the workshops and performances Sg2 did over in France

GUEST BLOG - How Stopgap inspired Joop

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

Guest blog from Joop who worked with Stopgap during the creation process of Artificial Things and how it inspired her…


Postcard from Siobhan

Monday, 24 February, 2014

Siobhan tells us what Sg2 got up to on their most recent trip away to Dunkirk…  

Cherie's experience of the premiere of Artificial Things

Monday, 24 February, 2014

Cherie writes about her experience of Stopgap’s premiere, Artificial Things

Laura on Artificial Things premiere

Monday, 24 February, 2014

Laura talks us through the process the dancers went through leading up to the premiere of Artificial Things

Postcard from Joy

Monday, 17 February, 2014

Joy writes a blog about Stopgap’s time away in Cherbourg, learning new acrobatic skills…

Nadenh writes about working with David

Monday, 17 February, 2014

Sg2 dancer, Nadenh, has written a blog about working on David’s choreography ‘String Quartet’.

GUEST BLOG - Dancing in Spite of Injury - Part Three

Monday, 17 February, 2014

This is Jo Cork’s third blog on her journey through recovery. Find out how she’s doing…

Chris Benstead's blog on composing for Artificial Things

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

Christopher Benstead writes a few words on his time collaborating with choreographer Yoshifumi Inao for the opening scene of Stopgap’s new production Artificial Things

Jim Pinchen talks about composing for Stopgap

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

Composer Jim Pinchen writes a blog explaining how he created the music for scene two of Stopgap’s new production Artificial Things

GUEST BLOG - Dancing in Spite of Injury - Part Two

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014

Jo Cork continues her journey to recovery…Read here for part two.


Chris tells us about The Awakening

Wednesday, 22 January, 2014

Chris updates us on the process of his own choreography, The Awakening. He explains what he has been up to the past week, what he plans to do and what he enjoys about being a choreographer.

Hannah's Poem

Wednesday, 22 January, 2014

Hannah writes a mysterious poem about Artificial Things

GUEST BLOG - Dancing in Spite of Injury

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014

Jo Cork, guest blogger for Stopgap, invites us to read and travel with her as she experiences the physical and mental struggles after an accident. Is there a way to keep dancing throughout the recovery? Here is part one of her discoveries…

Laura's Chicken phrase adaptations

Thursday, 1 August, 2013

Adaptation for Laura’s Chicken phrase

Stopgap's Richard Walker

Monday, 29 July, 2013

Richard Walker – What does a Production Manager do? 

Creation at the University of Surrey

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013

Photos and thoughts from the dancers during the first week back in creation after 2 weeks off. 

Composer Andy on working with Stopgap

Friday, 28 June, 2013

During creation at Zinc Arts, Andy Higgs, composer for the final section of Artificial Things, has set up his own studio next to the dancers to start creating the music. He has written a blog about the experience... 


Photos from week 2 at Zinc Arts

Friday, 28 June, 2013

This week almost the whole production team for Artificial Things have been in to see how everything is developing. Lucy has been working the dancers hard on developing the duets and the trio and refining and making changes. 

Photos from creation at Zinc Arts

Monday, 24 June, 2013

This week we have had a lot of people come and visit us at Zinc Arts. Andy (one of the composers); Anna (design manager); Rosie (costume maker) and Richard (production manager).  

Introducing Joy

Friday, 21 June, 2013

Joy offically introduces herself as one of the Stopgap team! 

Chris' Artificial Things character development

Friday, 21 June, 2013

Chris has been working on developing his character in Artificial Things

Dave Toole on working with Stopgap again

Friday, 21 June, 2013

Dave writes about returning to Stopgap to work on Artificial Things

Artificial Things creative residency at Pavilion Dance (2)

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013

Week 3 of Creation – June 2013 - photos

Artificial Things creative residency at Pavilion Dance

Monday, 17 June, 2013

Week 3 of Creation – June 2013 - the dance artists' thoughts

Working with Jozef from Rootlessroot

Monday, 10 June, 2013

Amy, David and Chris write about working with Jozef Frucek from Rootlessroot. 

David's thoughts on working with Yoshi

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013

David writes about working with Yoshifumi Inao on creation part one of Artifical Things.

Hannah on performing at DAiSY Festival

Thursday, 9 May, 2013

Sg2 dancer Hannah talks about performing at the Disability Arts in Surrey (DAiSY) festival in Leatherhead

‘Artificial Things’ – Week 2

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013

Here is a small snippet of what we have been up to with guest choreographer Yoshifumi Inao, who is creating the opening section of our new work Artificial Things.

'Artificial Things' – Creation Week 1

Thursday, 31 January, 2013

Here are some photos taken during our first week in the studio working on Artificial Things – Part 1