Bristol Old Vic Young Company 

Bristol Old Vic Young Company is one of the largest regional youth theatres in the UK, home to over 350 young people aged 5-25 from across the South West who take part in an ongoing programme of weekly sessions, theatre masterclasses, community projects and full-scale performances.

During Bristol Old Vic's redevelopment, the Young Company have worked in venues across the city including:

• 1532 Performing Arts Centre
• St Brendan's Sixth Form Centre
• Melksham Oak Academy
• The Bierkeller Theatre

Ensemble theatre techniques form the key focus of Bristol Old Vic Young Company. We work with young people of all experience levels and interests to make theatre that focuses on the whole cast-creating work that features large numbers of young people with no ‘leading cast members'. Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has worked in collaboration with the National Youth Theatre, Extraordinary Bodies and Travelling Light. They perform professional standard work, three times a year and have performed devised, adapted and scripted work in venues including:

• Bristol Old Vic (Studio and Main House)
• The National Theatre
• The Belgrade Theatre
• Colston Hall
• Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Bristol Old Vic Young Company is a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise opportunities for involvement by keeping fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Our Young Company continues to expand through satellite projects in schools and various local communities across Bristol. The aim of these sessions is to connect with young people who find it difficult to participate in arts activity, to provide a rich education through the arts and to develop deeper engagement with local communities across the city.

Made in Bristol is a graduate Young Company scheme now in it's eighth year, made up of twelve 18-25 years old who train to become theatre makers, workshop leaders and facilitators through their associate relationship with Bristol Old Vic Young Company, during a year-long residency at Bristol Old Vic.

Autumn Term 2017
For more information and booking for the current term of Young Company please click here.

What do Young Company sessions involve?
For more information on what our Young Company sessions involve please click here.

Young Company Fees and Bursaries
For more information on fees and financially assisted places please click here.

Young Company Masterclasses
For more information on our current masterclass programme please click here.

Made In Bristol
For more information on our Made in Bristol programme please click here.

Recent press for Bristol Old Vic Young Company

One of the most impressive traits of BOV Young Company is their capacity for community, their unique oneness. This group is a complete package, there is no singular here. Teamwork: at this they excel"


Never too scared to tackle difficult subjects, never too afraid to be a bit controversial, and never too nervous to mix traditional theatrical devices"


...Bristol's theatre scene certainly looks safe for some time to come"

BRISTOL 24/7 on T***k You, Aug 2017

A complex and tough watch but is put across with great verve, commitment and ownership by the always enterprising young company"

THE REVIEWS HUB on The Love of the Nightingale, Jan 2017

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