Why BOVTS? Why choose us?

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Why BOVTS?

A History Of Success

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK.

We attract the very best talent in students and staff, and our courses are recognised nationally and internationally as a benchmark of quality in professional acting, technical, production and management training.

An International Reputation

Bristol’s café and bar scene is bustling and eclectic and its music scene has an established international reputation due to the success of such Bristol musicians as Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky and Andy Shepherd.

One Of the UK's Most Vibrant Cities

Bristol has a thriving arts scene.

It is home to The Bristol Old Vic, the country’s oldest working theatre, the contemporary arts space The Arnolfini; the independent cinema and media centre, Watershed, the innovative theatre space, The Tobacco Factory Theatres and the concert venue, The Colston Hall.

Cultural Institutions Of Bristol

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice