Acting for Stage – Intermediate Level An intensive, week-long course for Acting for Stage
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Short Courses for Adults

Acting for Stage – Intermediate Level

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Intermediate, ages 18+

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • This course has now passed. Please continue to check our website for 2024 dates. 


This course has now passed for 2023. Please continue to check our website for 2024 dates. 

This intensive, 40-hour course has been designed to support those with some experience of acting for stage to hone their skills. Whether you act as a hobby, have taken part in university productions, or are considering full-time conservatoire training, the programme will support you in your development as a performer. Under the guidance of our Head of Voice Carol Fairlamb, you will learn how to effectively analyse both classical and contemporary scripts and acquire the practical tools to develop character independently.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The support and feedback available from your tutor will help you develop your natural talents and confidence in theatre acting.

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• Gain a practical understanding of the requirements of a stage actor;

• Improve your vocal quality using techniques of release, breath, projection, resonance and articulation;

• Harness your physicality and communicate through your movement by mastering Laban Movement and animal studies;

• Rehearse and perform classical and contemporary drama texts to your peers.

This is a full-time, Monday to Friday course. Sessions run from 09:15 to 17:00. This course is taught in our rehearsal studios at Downside Road.



Yoga mat and your preferred writing materials.


We advise you to wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily. Please wear closed toe footwear appropriate for movement e.g. trainers.


This is an intermediate acting course designed for participants with some experience of acting for stage. Examples of recommended experience include acting in university productions or amateur drama productions, or attending a foundation course in acting for stage.

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What our students say...

  • “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
As a student, the most important aspect of a course is putting into practice what you've been learning, and we do that constantly. I cannot recommend BOVTS enough - my showreel has never looked better! April Storm Perry, MA Screen Acting Student