Summer Workshops Online Youth Theatre
A rehearsal held over Zoom


Summer Workshops

Key Information
  • Delivery


  • Cost

    £122.50 per child per week



  • Times

    10 am to 1 pm

  • Dates

    Various (see below). You will be asked to indicate your choice of date on the application form.

BOVTS Youth Group

This interactive online course covers a range of topics, with each day tackling a different area of acting technique. As ever, the emphasis is on collaboration, playfulness and developing the actor’s instincts, whatever their age and experience.

Participants will be encouraged and challenged in equal measure, ensuring the week has a positive impact on both confidence and competence. The experience, however, will simply feel like a fun, imaginative and creative week with friends- both old and new!

A message from Jim Rastall, Head of BOVTS Workshop

Sessions are led by professional DBS-cleared actors and directors and are tailored to the age and ability of each group.

A production over Zoom Final year students have been making theatre together over Zoom


Monday – Storytelling

Storytelling is at the heart of all theatre – so what better place to start? Today participants will get to know each other through games and exercises which will encourage them to share their own stories. They will then use these as raw material to explore owning another person’s story, retelling a story from multiple perspectives, and focusing in on the ‘event’ of a story.

Tuesday Improvisation

The BOVTS Workshop approach to actor training is heavily reliant on the ever-increasing ability of all participants to act from instinct – to say ‘YES, AND!’ to the moment. We initially train this ability through improvisation exercises because to improvise well is to be absolutely present with the other actors on stage while also fully accepting the imaginary circumstances of the situation you are in. If you can do these two things you’re laughing. Often literally, where improvisation is concerned!

Wednesday –Relationships

Building on Tuesday’s improvisation games and exercises we focus on creating dynamic, entertaining, and often unexpected relationships between characters in different situations through manipulation of status. More experienced groups may also explore psychological approaches to relationship dynamics, drawn from transactional analysis.

Thursday – Intentions

As will have become clear on Wednesday, characters’ intentions are always at play, even if subtly. Today we dig deeper with this idea and start to play with higher stakes scenarios, which in turn give more scope for both comedy and tragedy.

Friday – Devising/ Text Challenge

Having spent all week developing skills that give each actor real freedom we now use our whole toolkit of techniques to find that same freedom when working from text and/or a devised and rehearsed script.

This outline is subject to change at the discretion of the course leaders and may vary between age groups. Additional or alternative sessions might include approaches to Shakespeare, clowning, characterisation and acting for screen.

Performance Week

Drawing on the previous week’s skills sessions, participants will work together to create an original piece of theatre from scratch. From exploring initial ideas and characters, all the way through to writing, refining and rehearsing scenes for presentation, the group will work as a professional company and as such have control over and responsibility for the direction of the week and the work that they choose to create. Previous Performance weeks have led to work set everywhere from prisons to pirate ships.

Download application form

Please send your completed application form to [email protected]

A scene recorded from home Rehearsing a scene using a webcam


Week 1 – Monday 27 July – Friday 31 July (school year groups 3-6)
Week 2 – Monday 3 – Friday 7 August (school year groups 7-9)
Week 3 – we are no longer accepting applications for this week. 
Week 4 – Monday 17 – Friday 21 August (school year groups 10-13)
Week 5 – Performance Week – Monday 24 – Friday 28 August (school year groups 10-13). Please note: you must attend week 4 to be able to participate in performance week.

Please note that school year applies to the year your child has just finished, not the year they will be going into. If in doubt, please ask us.

Download application form

Please send your completed application form to [email protected]


You will need:

  • Access to a *computer or tablet
  • Access to a free ‘Zoom’ account
  • A relatively strong and stable internet connection
  • A safe space to participate freely, and with limited disruption/ distraction

(*Certain features on Zoom app work better on computers than on tablets/phones.)


The school has some full and partial bursaries which are available to support young people from Bristol to participate in its youth groups and short courses.

Although all applications for bursary places will be considered, priority will be given to individuals experiencing financial hardship (evidence may be required), disabled applicants and applicants from BAME communities, rural areas, inner city areas and other underrepresented groups.

Funding will be allocated on a case by case basis.

Get in touch

If you have queries about the Workshop youth group, please contact [email protected].

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

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