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

    26th July – 27th August

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 scene recorded from home Rehearsing a scene using a webcam


All Online courses will run Monday- Friday, 10am-1pm

WEEK 1 (26th- 30th July): ACT1 THEATRE SKILLS (school years 3-6)

WEEK 2 (2nd- 6th Aug): ACT2 THEATRE SKILLS (school years 7-9)

WEEK 3 (9th – 13th Aug): ACT2 PERFORMANCE WEEK (open to WEEK 2 participants ONLY)

WEEK 4 (16th – 20th Aug): ACT3 THEATRE SKILLS (school years 10+)

WEEK 5 (23rd – 27th Aug): ACT3 PERFORMANCE WEEK (open to Week 4 participants ONLY)

Please note that school year applies to the year your child has just finished, not the year they will be going into. 


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.

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.

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!

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student