Thursday Young Conservatoire — Ages 16–18 Weekly classes in acting technique
Acting students are grouped around a central tutor in a studio playing a game


Thursday Young Conservatoire — Ages 16–18

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Intermediate, ages 16–18

  • Dates

    Thursday 11 January – Thursday 21 March 2024

  • Tuition

    Weekly 2 hour class, 18:00–20:00

  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost

    £185 per 10 week term or
    £500 for full academic year

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Young Conservatoire is designed specifically for young people aged 16–18 who wish to pursue a career in acting. Over the course of the academic year, you’ll experience classes in acting, movement, voice and industry-relevant skills.

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 acting.

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Course structure

BOVTS Young Conservatoire takes places on Thursday evenings during term time at our Downside Road studios. Over the course of the year, you’ll acquire a clear understanding of what drama school training involves and gain a foundational knowledge of the vocational skills we impart on our full-time courses.

Audition process

Entry to the Young Conservatoire is by audition. There is no audition fee and auditions are conducted 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.

You can choose to give the auditions online or in-person. The dates for auditions 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

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
Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018