Masterclass: Devising Theatre

Key Information
  • Cost

    £82.40 (plus booking fee)

  • Date

    Sunday 4th June 2023

  • Times

    This is a seven-hour course which will run from 09:30-17:30.

  • Location

    Downside Rd, Bristol


The intensive, 7-hour Masterclass in Devising Theatre has been designed as a practical exploration of different techniques to find new stories and devise adaptations. The short course will help you develop your improvisation, ensemble and ‘storymaking’ skills. Learning will take place in a playful environment where you can participate in improvisatory theatre games and narrative driven exercises to tease out the stories you want to tell.

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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Course Leader

Liz Felton is Artistic Director of The Story Cellar, working as a theatre director, workshop facilitator and storyteller across Bristol and North Somerset. She specialises in devised theatre and has directed second years at BOVTS for the last 6 years in devised pieces and family theatre. Last year’s schools tour performance was also written by her. She set up the Adult Company at BOV in 2013 and currently directs their community theatre group Oi Polloi, as well as facilitating many other projects for companies such as Travelling Light and Tobacco Factory Theatres.


Engage in physical and vocal warm-ups to inspire story-telling;

Make stories as an ensemble by drawing inspiration from your setting;

Explore techniques such as narrative hooks, improvisation, linear and non-linear storytelling and storyboarding;

Apply the techniques to start devising theatre projects.

This is a full-time, one-day course, running from 09:30 to 17:30. This course is taught in our rehearsal studios at Downside Road.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student