Intermediate, ages 16–18
Thursday 11 January – Thursday 21 March 2024
Weekly 2 hour class, 18:00–20:00
Downside Road, Bristol
£185 per 10 week term or
£500 for full academic year
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Young Conservatoire is designed specifically for aspiring actors aged 16–18 who wish to pursue a career in theatre, film or television. Our weekly evening classes will introduce you to the fundamentals of acting, movement and voice techniques, adopting the practices taught to students at the UK’s leading drama schools. By joining Young Conservatoire, you’ll deepen your knowledge and begin acquiring the key vocational skills of the professional actor, preparing you for the next steps of your career.
Spring term, Thur 11 Jan – 21 Mar, 6–8 pm
Half term (no class) Thur 15 Feb
Summer term, Thur 25 Apr – 4 July, 6–8 pm
Half term (no class) Thur 23 May
Autumn term, Thur 3 Oct – 12 Dec, 6–8 pm
Half term (no class) Thur 31 Oct
Fees are £185 per term. You can also book ahead and save by booking the full calendar year for £500.
A conservatoire is a small and specialist organisation that trains students for a career in the performing arts through intensive, practical tuition. At Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, we specialise in drama but there are other conservatoires who specialise in music, and some who team both disciplines. Attending drama school is an alternative option to going to university – you’ll still receive a degree, but you will spend your time learning your craft through practice. Attending a conservatoire drama school is how many of the UK’s leading actors honed their craft and launched their career. The award-winning film stars Olivia Colman, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Naomie Harris and Patrick Stewart all trained at BOVTS.
Young Conservatoire is for anybody aged 16–18 who is considering a career as a professional actor. Actors come from all sorts of backgrounds and there is not typical student at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. We are looking for those who have a passion for performance, a willingness to experiment with their craft, and are aspiring to train professionally after finishing at school or college. Young Conservatoire is not an alternative to school or college; because it runs on evenings throughout term time, it is the perfect option to sit alongside your qualifications.
Entry to Young Conservatoire is through audition and you can choose whether to audition with us online or in person. There is no audition fee.
You will need to prepare a two-minute speech from a published play and we recommend that you choose a character who is similar in age to you. The auditioners will have a short discussion with you afterwards and can answer any questions that you might have about training as part of Young Conservatoire.
The dates for auditions for spring term 2024 are:
Wednesday, 29 Nov between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Thursday, 30 Nov between 09:00 am and 5:00 pm
Sunday, 3 Dec between 09:30 am and 5:00 pm
Thursday, 14 Dec between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 3 Jan between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Much like the first year at drama school, you will cover a wide range of fundamentals in acting, including specialist classes in acting basics, movement, and voice work. The classes that you take will develop throughout the ten weeks of each term and you’ll begin to acquire an understanding of the etiquettes and practices of the industry. Classes are taught by the course leader with occasional masterclasses provided by the staff who teach our degree course students.
Katy is an experienced actor and director best known for her roles in Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated Spaced, BBC’s Waterloo Road and Casualty, and ITV’s Coronation Street. She has worked in almost every genre of television and film, from drama to comedy, soaps to children’s TV. On stage, she has performed leading roles at the Liverpool Everyman, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Bristol Old Vic, as well as touring internationally with Kneehigh theatre. She has directed award-winning original theatre in Bristol, Edinburgh, London and New York. Kate is also a highly experienced acting teaching and, alongside her work at BOVTS, teaches at the BFI Film Academy and is on the National Youth Theatre audition panel.
“The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering.”Lindy, short course participant
“You gave me the skills to improve and to increase my confidence in a friendly and supportive environment.”Jo, short course participant
“Rigorous, exciting, challenging and fulfilling – I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to find their feet in the world of theatre.”Short course participant, 2019
Entry to the Young Conservatoire is by audition. There is no audition fee and auditions are conducted online or in-person at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. You will need to present a two-minute speech from a published play. Please choose a character close to your own age.
Applicants must be aged 16 or above on the first day of the course to be able to attend.
If you wish to cancel your place on the course, you will receive a full refund if you notify the school at least 7 days prior to the start of the course. For cancellations, contact [email protected]
We will make all reasonable efforts to deliver a short course as outlined on our site and in any brochure or published material. However, we reserve the right to cancel a short course in case of events outside our control or if the course fails to meet a minimum number of participants. In the event that we cancel a course, we will inform participants who have booked a place via email at least 7 days prior to the start date. We will also provide a full refund of the course fee paid. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School cannot be held responsible for any expenses you incur due to such a cancellation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When do bursary applications open for each term?
The dates for bursary applications for the Sunday Young Artists scheme are below:
Spring Term 2024: 2 Oct 2023 – 27 Oct 2023
Summer Term 2024: 15 Jan 2024 – 16 Feb 2024
2. I have been allocated a bursary before, do I need to reapply for next term?
If you are currently in receipt of a bursary and your circumstances haven’t changed, you will not need to complete a bursary application form again, but you will need to let us know you wish to be considered for a bursary next term. To do this, please email [email protected] expressing your wish for your bursary to be reviewed for next term.
3. I have been allocated a bursary before, will it be the same amount if I apply again next term?
As we take on new submissions for bursaries each term, the amount you are allocated each term is liable to change. We will inform you of any changes in the amount once all bursaries have been allocated for a term.
4. I have been allocated a bursary, how long do I have before I need to let you know if I will be taking it?
You will have a period of 14 days after the bursary has been allocated to accept it.
5. I haven’t received a bursary before, how do I apply?
We will upload an application form on our website during the bursary application period. Please fill this form to be considered for a bursary.
Forms will be available in the Young Artists Bursaries section on the oldvic.ac.uk/young-artists page.
6. Will all applicants be allocated a bursary?
We will consider all applications sent via our website form and assess them against a set of criteria. However, we cannot guarantee that an applicant will be allocated a bursary.
Some of the assessment criteria we use include (but are not limited to):
> applicant in financial hardship
> disabled applicant
> applicant is from an area of low progression to higher education
> applicant is in care or is a care leaver
> applicant belongs to groups of people who are considered ‘hard to reach’
If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected].