Youth Courses

Short courses for children in school year group 3 to 13.

ACTiv8 is the youth theatre group of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

All courses are held at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 2 Downside Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2XF. and are led by final year actors at the height of their training. Past tutors have gone on to take leading roles in TV, film, and stage productions.

Each week classes will consist of improvised scenes, ensemble work, theatrical techniques and skills-based warm up games.

If you are looking for a term-time or holiday theatre skills experience for 7 year olds and above, ACTiv8 is for you!

If you have any queries on either the ACTiv8 Sunday Youth Group or the Theatre Skills Weeks, please contact Marchia Abokie at

Please note:All communication is done via email so please make sure you check your spam/trash folders as sometimes emails end up there!


Juniors (School year groups 3 to 6):

Group 1: 2.00pm to 3.15pm £115 per term

Group 2: 3.45pm to 5.00pm £115 per term

ACT I (School year groups 7 & 8) 2.00pm to 5.00pm £195 per term

ACT II (School year groups 9 & 10) 2.00pm to 5.00pm £195 per term

ACT III (School year groups 11 - 13) 2.00pm to 5.00pm £195 per term

To apply please download the application form: ACTIV8 Sundays



30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, Then a break for the Bristol school holidays, 4th June, 11th June, 18th June, 25th June, 2nd July, 9th July.



Week 1 Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August (school year groups 3-6)

Week 2 Monday 7th - Friday 11th August (school year groups 7-10) - Please note this week is filling up very fast, please apply early!

Week 3 Monday 14th - Friday 18th August (school year groups 11-13)

Week 4 - PERFORMANCE WEEK Monday 21st - Friday 25th August (school year groups 11-13)(Please note: you must attend week 3 to be able to participate in performance week)

Cost: £245 per child per week

The normal day is from 10am to 4pm

Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Please note school year applies to the year your child has just finished i.e. as of previous September, NOT the year they will be going into. If in doubt, please ask us.

To apply please download the Theatre Skills Weeks application form: ACTIV8 Theatre Skills Weeks 2017


Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are able to award two full bursaries to cover the cost of the fees for individuals who would otherwise find it difficult to participate in the Theatre Skills Weeks activities as we believe that the arts should be accessible to all. Currently, bursaries are only available to those in school year groups 11, 12 and 13.

Although all applications for bursary places will be considered, priority will be given to individuals experiencing financial hardship to help engage young people from groups such as BAME communities, rural and inner city areas and other under-represented groups.

Applications for our bursaries for Summer 2017 will be accepted from Mondy 6th January 2017 until Friday 30th June 2017. Forms will be assessed after this deadline and applicants will be contacted after this point with regards to the outcome.

Please email Julia Heeley: for the application form.

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