Cotham Young Directors Project

The Cotham Young Directors Project is a six-month long project in which young, up-and-coming directors work alongside students from Cotham Secondary School to devise and peform a new piece of theatre.

Adapted, devised and composed by the company, this year sees the Cotham Young Directors present their latest production, Beowulf.

Cotham Studio, Cotham School,
Cotham Lawn Rd, Cotham, Bristol BS6 6DT
Thu 16 & Fri 17 Mar

Director Julia Head
Musical director Jack Orozco Morrison

No tickets required. First come first served on the night.

Previous Cotham school projects have included:

  • A Light In The Sound, directed by Maisie Newman
  • The Bellybutton of the World, directed by Stephanie Kempson, assisted by Kathleen Fitzpatrick Milton
  • Medusa, directed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick Milton, assisted by Maisie Newman.

The Cotham Young Directors project gives young directors the opportunity to hone their practice with young people living in Bristol and the opportunity to showcase their work at Bristol Old Vic.

The Cotham Young Directors Project was a fantastic chance to broaden and develop directing and workshop leading skills. Working with students from Cotham aged from year 10 - year 13, the project gives the space and resources to start thinking creatively and professionally about working as a director. Being able to work closely with another young director and develop a devised performance with the students taught me a great deal and it was lovely to be a part of such a supportive environment. 

- Masie Newman, Cotham Assistant Director 2014/15


"Bristol Old Vic Outreach Department and Cotham School's Young Director's Project gave me the opportunity to plan and execute my own production with an ensemble cast of twelve talented and enthusiastic Cotham students between the ages of Yr10-Yr13. It gave me paid professional development as well as the chance to work on my own creative ideas, and run my own rehearsal room. All though some of the students had never experienced devising before we built a forty minute ensemble show together which we then put on at Cotham School and at Bristol Old Vic in the studio. It was a brilliant experience and has helped me learn a huge amount."

- Stephanie Kempson, Cotham Director 2013/14