Courses

Sunday Young Artists

Key Information
  • Dates

    Sundays during term time

  • Times

    Between 9 AM – 1 PM (see timings below)

  • Fees (per term)

    Β£60–£140 dependent on age group. Partial bursaries available.

Book your place

On Sundays during term time, we are open to young people from across the South West. Catering for children aged 3-18, Sunday Young Artists provides weekly classes in performance and production skills taught by professionals with support from our students at the height of their training.

We offer classes for the following age groups:
Wings – age 3-4
Upstage – age 5-6
Downstage – age 7-9
Centre Stage – age 10-12
Stage Left – age 13-15
Stage Right – age 16-18

Every term focuses on a theme, with exercises and activities structured around it. Students will explore performance skills, costume and set design, as well as different roles within theatre making such as directing and stage management.

At the end of the term, students will put on a short performance for family and friends to showcase the skills they learned over the past ten weeks.

Book your place

Apply for a bursary for autumn 2024

A group of students are walking in a circle whilst jumping

Term dates, class structure and fees

Summer term 2024 runs on Sundays from 28 April to 7 July. There is no class on Sunday 26 May, due to half term.Β Autumn term 2024 runs on Sundays from 6 October to 15 December. There is no class on Sunday 3 November, due to half term. There will be a short performance scheduled for the last day of term, for which two seats per student are allocated.

The classes run on the following schedule:

Wings (age 3–4)
09:45–10:00 Registration
10:00–11:00 Class

For autumn term 2024, the fee will be Β£60 per term.

Upstage (age 5–6)
11:00–11:15 Registration
11:15–12:05 Class 1
12:15–13:00 Class 2

For autumn term 2024, the fee will be Β£115 per term.

Downstage (age 7–9), Centre Stage (age 10–12), Stage Left (age 13–15), Stage Right (age 16–18)
09:45–10:00 Registration
10:00–10:50 Class one
11:00–11:50 Class two
12:00–12:50 Class three
12:50–13:00 Pack up and home time

For autumn term 2024, the fee will be Β£140 per term.

Theme

Summer term 2024: “Behind the Mask: Exploring Greek Theatre”

“Behind the Mask: Exploring Greek Theatre” is a captivating ten-week journey into the heart of ancient drama.

Unveil the mysteries of Greek theatre as we delve deep into its rich history and timeless techniques. From the origins of tragedy and comedy to the symbolism of masks, this term offers an immersive exploration of one of the world’s most influential theatrical traditions.

Led by experienced instructors, each week unfolds with dynamic sessions that blend theory and practice. From lively ensemble work to the art of character portrayal through mask-making and movement, students will hone their skills while uncovering the secrets of the stage.

But it’s not just about learning – it’s about creating. Throughout the term, students will collaborate on scenes, design sets, and choreograph dances, culminating in a spectacular end-of-term showcase where their talents shine bright.

Two BOVTS Young Artist teachers are speaking to a parent at the end of a session

Teaching

BOVTS courses for under-18s are taught by experienced professionals, assisted by our degree students at the height of their training. All hold enhanced DBS checks. You can view our safeguarding policy on our Policies and Procedures page.

The Young Artists Manager and Young Artists Assistant Manager oversee the smooth running of the building each Sunday.

The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering; the environment and buildings are beautiful and I found Bristol to be one of the most wonderful cities in which to spend summer! Lindy Yeates, Foundation Course Student