Made in Bristol

Made In Bristol is a twelve-strong group made up of young people aged 18-25 on some sort of gap year- be it having graduated from university, finished school or being in part time employment. The company is resident at Bristol Old Vic two days a week, where they train to become workshop leaders, assistants and theatre makers, creating work that can reach out across Bristol and the South West as well as performing their own piece of work in Bristol Old Vic's Studio at the end of the course. Made in Bristol is designed to give young theatre-makers an opportunity to train together, make work together, and to develop their teaching skills through their associate relationship with the Young Company. During their time on the course the group get the opportunity to work with freelance directors and arts practitioners (previous groups have worked with Tom Morris, Melly Still, Mike Sheperd and Emma Rice) and to participate in the wider Bristol arts scene through collaborations with Firebird Theatre, ss Great Britain, Bristol University and Theatre Uncut project and tour work nationally to the National Theatre, Glasgow's Tin Forest Festival and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

Now in its seventh year, 2016/17's Made in Bristol group will begin their training at Bristol Old Vic in September 2016 and will present their debut piece as a company in Summer 2017.

Previous Made in Bristol years have seen the creation of: The Wardrobe Ensemble (2010-11) and RIOT, The Tin Can Collective (2011-12) and I Would Not, Guilty Party (2012-13) and Conviction Hotel Echo (2013-14) and Wild Men, Propolis Theatre (2014-15) and Spill and Splint Theatre (2015-16) and Out of Sky.

Click here to see information about the current Made in Bristol group for 2016/17.

To be involved in the Made in Bristol scheme we ask that applicants have had some previous involvement with Bristol Old Vic, so for applicants who haven't worked with us before we encourage them to join our Young Company or enagage with one of our Outreach programmes. 

For more information about Made in Bristol please contact Sian. Please note that we will be taking applications for Made in Bristol 2017/18 in June 2017.


A production shot from Splint Theatre's Out of Sky. (Photograph by Jack Offord)

A production shot from Propolis Theatre's Spill. (Photograph by Paul Blakemore)

Made in Bristol supporters

The David Horlock Trust
The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Society of Merchant Venturers
Friends of Theatre
Academy Associates
The Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust
Anonymous donors x 2

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