Young Company Autumn Term 2017

Autumn Term dates

First week of term: W/C Monday 11 September
Half Term (No sessions): W/C Monday 23rd October
Last week of term: W/C Monday 4th December

Autumn Term Term Schedule

Young Company Spring Term 2017 Session Times
MONDAY 6-8pm Year 9 *SOLD OUT*
  8-10pm Year 10-11
TUESDAY 6-8pm Year 10-11 *SOLD OUT*
  8-10pm Ages 16-25 *SOLD OUT*
THURSDAY 6-8pm Year 10-11
  8-10pm Ages 16-25 *SOLD OUT*


Year 1-2 *SOLD OUT*
  10.30-11.30am Year 3-4 *SOLD OUT*
  11.45am-1pm Year 5
  1-2.30pm Year 6 *SOLD OUT*
  3-5pm Year 7-8 *SOLD OUT*
  5-7pm Year 7-8 *SOLD OUT*

For information on Young Company fees and bursary options please click here

Please note that no reservations are finalised until payment has been received- so if you are having any problems at all with the payment system please contact Box Office ASAP on 0117 987 7877 to confirm your place. If you have any other queries please call 0117 317 8670 or email

*We are unable to offer refunds for Young Company places unless we have a waiting list for that particular class and are able to resell the place.

Meet our Practitoners for Autumn Term 2017

Alice Barclay

Mon Year 9 and Mon Year 10-11
Alice has worked as a professional actor & theatre practitioner for 17 years, working in theatres all over the country. Her approach is firmly rooted in ensemble playing, she has a strong interest in how physicality can spark the imagination & affect us as people and performers. As an actor, Alice has done a lot of devised, physical & ensemble theatre, working with masks & puppets. She's also done several years of Shakespeare, lots of new writing & performed poetry in theatres. Alice has worked regularly as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic & it's where she first became mesmerized by theatre growing up. It's one of her favorite buildings in the world!


Dale Thrupp

Sat Year 5 and Sat Year 6
An ex Young Company member and graduate of Made in Bristol programme 2015. Dale has worked with Bristol Old Vic on many projects in numerous roles including acting, stage management, directing and facilitating. As an actor Dale has worked on various shows with Bristol Old Vic's Engagement Department, with Propolis Theatre and Wyldwood Community Arts. He has worked extensively in workshops and sessions over the last 3 years for Bristol Old Vic and with National Youth Theatre as an Ambassador. As a performer, Dale is drawn to movement and physical performance, ensemble performance and collaborative work. Dale believes the best theatre comes from play and fun, his sessions will be a chance for Young Company members to express creativity however they choose!


Julia Head

Saturday Year 7-8, 3-5pm and 5-7pm
Julia is a Bristol based theatre maker and director. Having graduated from the Bristol Old Vic's Made in Bristol scheme in 2016 she now works with the Engagement Department and has been part of the Bristol Old Vic's Young Directors Scheme. Julia is an associate artist of Fen, Propolis, Twisted Theatre and Sharp Teeth Theatre and recently received The Henry Augustine Forse Award for her contribution towards Engagement. Julia was the Assistant Director on Bristol Old Vic Young Company's Summer show T***k You and is working as a director in collaboration with Headlong Theatre. Julia's practice challenges young people to take risks, to try new things, to make work that excites them, challenges the audience and breaks some theatrical rules in the process!


Matt Grinter

Thursday Year 10-11 and Thursday 16-25
A Writer/Director in Film and Theatre. His work has appeared in prestigious international venues including Trafalgar 2, Bristol Old Vic, The Pleasance, The Finborough, Southwark Playhouse, Tate Gallery, The Royal Academy Summer Show, Encounters, Palm Springs, Leuven, Corona Cork, New York Metropolitan, Zagreb Film Festival and Glastonbury Festival, earning a number of accolades including a Kodak Award, Honourable mention at New York Metropolitan Film Festival, Lost Theatre Company's One Act Play and winning the Papa Tango New Writing Competition with his play Orca, currently nominated for ‘Off West End Award' most promising New Playwright. Matt is currently an Open Session Writers on attachment at Bristol Old Vic. He recently co-directed Young Company's ‘Under A Cardboard Sea' at Bristol Old Vic.

Jenny Davies

Saturday Year 1-2 and Saturday Year 3-4
A performer, designer and devisor. Since graduating from University of Bristol she has worked with companies such as Tremolo Theatre, Common Wealth and Twisted Theatre. She completed Bristol Old Vic's Made in Bristol programme in 2015 and co-founded Propolis Theatre, touring their show SPILL across the UK. Her screen credits include Casualty (BBC), Cow (BBC/Tred), Crusade In Jeans (Kasander) and recently, Pulling Out (Documental Theatre) SPILL (Propolis) and Spooky Ship (BOV). Jenny regularly works with young people in diverse settings across the UK, facilitating workshops and touring plays. Jenny is currently assisting Emma Williams in directing two new plays as part of Theatre Royal Bath's Engage programme.

Angela Athay - Hunt

Theatre maker, practitioner, actor, director, with experience creating inclusive theatre in diverse communities. Angela has worked extensively with Bristol Old Vic Education Department developing numerous projects and leading consultations with agencies including The Arts Council. She was Junior Youth Theatre Director while at Bristol Old Vic, founded Junior Summer Course and directed numerous Youth Theatre productions including Orwell's ‘1984'. Angela is Co-Founder and directs at Myrtle Theatre Company, a specialist, participatory theatre company working with offenders within secure environments. Angela has collaborated with Theatre Orchard, she has facilitated theatre projects with Traveling Light, The Big Act, Firebird Theatre, Geese Theatre and Bristol Old Vic; and lectured and facilitated Masterclasses at Bristol University, Filton, City of Bristol, Weston and Bath College and UWE. Angela is passionate about creating inclusive theatre, she is delighted to be working extensively with Bristol Old Vic Engagement and Young Company.

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