Holiday Workshops Polish up your theatre skills.


Holiday Workshops

Key Information
  • Cost

    £245 per child per week



  • Times

    10am to 4pm

  • Dates

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

Download application form

BOVTS Workshop Summer Courses

These courses are fun and challenging week-long experiments. Groups will use the games and exercises of professional theatre-makers to continually create their own characters, stories and mini-plays from scratch.

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

Younger groups focus on exploring the imagination and developing collaborative creativity skills, in order to create their own characters, scenes, stories and worlds.

Older groups will delve deeper into the techniques covered in order to create increasingly complex and challenging work throughout the week.

Whatever your age, this course will be a brain-expanding extravaganza of ideas, some of which will be shared with an invited audience of friends and family at the end of the week.

Performance Week

Using the skills explored during their first week at the School, the group will be guided by a duo of professional directors as they create an original piece of work together. The group will end the week by performing their play for an invited audience of friends, family and BOVTS staff.

Past groups have presented scenes from a post-apocalyptic world, the staging of a brand new Gaelic folk story and fully-realised one act prison drama. What form the work will take next time will be up to the group…

If you have any queries on either the ACTiv8 Sunday Youth Group or the Theatre Skills Weeks, please contact Bianca Bewley at [email protected]

Please note: Bianca is only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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

Theatre Skill Weeks 2020

Bookings are now open!


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 – Performance Week – Monday 10 – Friday 14 August (school year groups 7-9). Please note: you must attend week 2 to be able to participate in performance 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 i.e. as of previous September, NOT the year they will be going into. If in doubt, please ask us.

Please note that all fees are non-refundable.


Bursaries are available

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.

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