Beyond Face Youth Company is a fantastic opportunity for young people of the Global Majority aged 12-16 to work with professional theatre makers in a professional studio space to learn theatre and performance skills, perform, create their own theatre, writing and movement. 

Over the years the youth company has performed their own productions such as Where’s Abi? By Titilola Dawudu and most recently their production Grow Up. We work closely with other youth theatre companies such as Doorstep Arts and Company Three on a variety of exchange projects.

The Professional Development Programme Foundation Plus is a one-year course for students aged 18+ who have left full-time education.

With 20.75 hours of contact time per week, our small cohorts and incredible staff/student ratios enable a laser focus on the skills required to achieve drama school entry whilst enabling students to train without the additional costs and disruption of relocation.

Unlike a standard foundation course students benefit from being part of the PDP training theatre company and participate in two major productions during the year. Students successfully completing the PDP Foundation Plus course will receive an ATCL Diploma (Level 4) qualification in Musical Theatre or Performing Arts from Trinity College.

Put simply, this represents a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a training course and, simultaneously, join a training theatre company that emphasises student welfare and mindfulness—a combination not available anywhere else at this level.

LONDON COMES TO YOU
This unique combination of training, production, and enrichment activities can be offered here at BIGLITTLE without requiring students to relocate to London with the related upheaval and cost.

BIGLITTLE is proud to be well acknowledged by top London drama schools and theatre professionals meaning we can provide the highest quality of teachers and creatives. All our teachers have extensive industry experience as actors, directors/choreographers or musical directors, and many also work at top theatre schools in London and elsewhere, including ArtsEd, Mountview, LSMT, Emil Dale, GSA, PPA, RWCMD and others.

This programme gives you access to that level of training without leaving home!

Regular staff and recent guest teachers include;
Lucy Jane Adcock, Natasha J. Barnes*, Colin Billing [BIGLITTLE Principal], Michelle Blair, Albey Brookes [Foundation Plus Course Leader], Adam Jarrell, Jessica Fossey, Don Gallagher, Mark Goldthorp, Emily Goodenough, Llandyll Gove, Ryan Gover*, Adrian Grove, Lauren Hall, Nick Hayes*, Lynn Howes, Kelly Knight* [Head of BIGLITTLE Youth Theatre], Tom Lorcan, Matthew Malthouse [PDP Course Director], Ben Mundy, Dan Partridge*, Nigel Richards, Laurie Scarth, Caine Stanton, Michael Watson, Emma Woods [PDP Head of Dance], Lisa Zahra

You can learn more about all the faculty here.

We are searching for 16 young performers to be part of our Youth Ensemble for Pinocchio.

Pinocchio is our Christmas production for 2024, and will be written and directed by Emma Williams. This year’s Youth Ensemble’s role in Pinocchio will mostly involve dancing and acting. The young performers will also be involved in some group singing, though singing experience is not essential. The 16 young performers will form two casts who will take part in 16 performances each.

Applications close on Sunday 9 June with auditions due to take place on Sunday 7 July.

Ignite your passion for performance and production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s short courses. Our courses offer a wide range of opportunities to hone your craft and expand your repertoire, whether you are a newcomer or an experienced professional.

Guided by industry-leading practitioners, these courses provide unparalleled training and mentorship in an environment that fosters artistic growth and collaboration.

Introduction to Prop Making, Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 August, 2024 | £340 | Beginners, 18+ 

The intensive, 3-day Introduction to Prop Making course has been designed as a practical exploration of different techniques to create larger-than-life props. The workshop will cover essential skills like carpentry, laser cutting, sculpting, casting and mould-making.

Learning will take place in a supportive, hands-on environment where you learn the art of prop making from experienced professionals. In this course, you will:

• Learn how to use hand tools and workshop machines, and construct a stool using mortise and tenon joints;

• Sculpt an animal in clay, create a one-part mould in plaster, and reproduce the sculpt in latex;

• Work at scale to create larger than life food props – create a sculpt, learn how to use silicone to cast the sculpt and reproduce the object with tinted fast cast resins.

Ignite your passion for performance and production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s short courses. Our courses offer a wide range of opportunities to hone your craft and expand your repertoire, whether you are a newcomer or an experienced professional.

Guided by industry-leading practitioners, these courses provide unparalleled training and mentorship in an environment that fosters artistic growth and collaboration.

Introduction to Playwriting, Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September, 2024 | £340 | Beginners, 18+

This course is a fast-paced introduction to the craft of writing for theatre and live performances. You’ll gain a grounding in the core elements of playwriting: dramatic action, character, dialogue, location and structure.

The course will provide a supportive and nurturing environment where you can share ideas openly, build your confidence and obtain constructive feedback on your writing.

On this course, you will:

• Gain grounding in the fundamentals of playwriting: dramatic action, character, dialogue, location and structure;

• Develop ideas by looking at the world around you for inspiration and participating in group exercises and discussions;

• Learn about the collaborative process of bringing a performance to life and listen to your writing be performed by acting students at a round-table reading;

• Nurture your skills and build your confidence in a group setting with support from course tutors and other students.

Ignite your passion for performance and production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s short courses. Our courses offer a wide range of opportunities to hone your craft and expand your repertoire, whether you are a newcomer or an experienced professional.

Guided by industry-leading practitioners, these courses provide unparalleled training and mentorship in an environment that fosters artistic growth and collaboration.

Directing Theatre, Monday 19 – Friday 23 August, 2024 | £570 | Beginners, 18+

The Directing Theatre short course is designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of directing performances for stage. Over five days, the course will cover skills in text analysis, character development, and classical as well as contemporary text work.

You will also get to explore the complete process of bringing a production to life – including concept work, adaptation, devising, conducting rehearsals and technical rehearsals.

• Gain a practical understanding of the role of a director and their relationship with actors, writers and other collaborators in the rehearsal room;

• Explore text analysis – including interpretation, world building and character development;

• Techniques to direct adaptations of classical and contemporary texts, as well as to direct devised theatre;

• Practical exercises and projects to explore the process of direction – from concept work to rehearsal rooms and tech weeks.

At Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, we offer a wide range of opportunities for young people to foster their love for the arts. Our classes are designed to provide a supportive environment where students can explore their creative potential and develop essential skills in performance, production, filmmaking and much more.

Our courses for under-18s are taught by experienced professionals as well as our own degree students at the height of their training, ensuring an enriching learning experience. These dedicated instructors create a nurturing environment in which young people can build their confidence, develop teamwork skills and gain a deep appreciation of the arts.

Summer Film Camp (ages 11-18), Monday 12 – Friday 16 August, 2024 | £255 | Mixed Abilities

> Age 11-12 from 12 to 16 August
> Age 13-14 from 12 to 16 August
> Age 15-16 from 19 to 23 August
> Age 17-18 from 19 to 23 August

During the film camp you will learn about:
> Performing in front of a camera
> Directing scenes to tell a story
> Framing shots using different camera angles to create dramatic effect
> Using lighting to play with the mood of a scene
> Designing and making costumes to fit different themes
> Setting the tone for a film using sound
> Writing scenes and dialogues to convey drama and action
… and much more!

You will be taught by our current degree students, who are bright young professionals about to embark on their careers in the industry. BOVTS graduates have made their mark on stage and screen for over 75 years, and some have even gone on to win Oscar awards! You can be sure that our students will bring the best of their training and experience to the Young Artists Summer Film Camp.

Join us to be part of a fun-filled week, where you can learn filmmaking skills, boost your storytelling skills and make new friends.

At Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, we offer a wide range of opportunities for young people to foster their love for the arts. Our classes are designed to provide a supportive environment where students can explore their creative potential and develop essential skills in performance, production, filmmaking and much more.

Our courses for under-18s are taught by experienced professionals as well as our own degree students at the height of their training, ensuring an enriching learning experience. These dedicated instructors create a nurturing environment in which young people can build their confidence, develop teamwork skills and gain a deep appreciation of the arts.

Summer Theatre Camp (ages 5-10), Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 2024 | £255 | Mixed Abilities, ages 5-7 and 8-10

BOVTS Summer Theatre Camp gives budding performers aged 5—10 the opportunity to unlock the world of creativity and imagination in a unique five-day theatre adventure. This year, students will embark on a journey to devise and perform their very own play under the theme of “My Ultimate Quest”.

ⓘ There are two differentiated age groups within Summer Theatre Camp. Both camps for ages 5—7 and 8—10 are running between Monday 5 August and Friday 9 August 2024. Each day runs 10:00 to 15:00 at Downside Road, Bristol.

Why choose BOVTS Summer Theatre Camp?

Learning environment
Our camp is led by experienced professionals with a passion for theatre. Current BOVTS degree students will assist in classes, creating an inspiring environment in which your child can excel.

5 days, 1 unforgettable play
Witness the magic of theatre unfold as students collaborate to devise and perform a play in just five days. “My Ultimate Quest” is not just a theme – it’s the catalyst for a week of exploration, creativity and discovery!

Skills that last a lifetime
Our camp focuses on building essential life skills. From teamwork and communication, to problem-solving and self-expression, your child will leave with more than just memories of an incredible performance.

This summer, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School invites you to take part in our programme of intensive short courses, each designed to broaden and sharpen your acting skills.

These courses are open to anyone aged 18+ with an interest in acting – you may be starting out in acting and enjoy performing as a hobby, or a seasoned professional seeking to learn new approaches or refresh your knowledge.

Acting for Motion Capture, Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 2024 | £590 | Mixed Abilities, age 18+

This course will further your skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest growing sectors of the performance industries. On this course, you will:

• Familiarise yourself with basic principles, technology, suits, head-mounted cameras and functions of all the hardware behind a professional motion capture shoot;

• Arm yourself with practical knowledge, terminology and performance styles needed as professional actors from a business perspective;

• Prepare to take on a motion capture audition or job, having gained practical experience by working with industry professionals.

This is a full-time, five-day course, running from 09:30 to 17:00. The first two days of the course will be taught in our studios at Downside Road. The remaining three days will be taught at CAMERA Motion Capture Studio, Bath.

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