Images of the cast of Far from the Madding Crowd rehearsing in period dress

Far from the Madding Crowd: an announcement

Published on:
26th November 2020

On 26 November 2020, the UK Government announced that Bristol will be placed into tier 3 restrictions when the national Covid-19 lockdown lifts on 2 December 2020. This means that entertainment venues within the region, including theatres, must remain closed to in-person visitors or audiences.

Whilst all students and staff at the School are understandably disappointed that we will not be able to welcome an in-person audience to The Redgrave Theatre for Far from the Madding Crowd, this decision is not unexpected. The production has been carefully planned with a digital team encompassing vision mixers and camera operators, and we are delighted to be broadcasting live from The Redgrave Theatre on the 5, 7 and 8 December.

A multi-camera setup throughout the auditorium will ensure the magic of live performance is captured for those joining us from the safety of their own homes. So, if you haven’t already, please book your livestream ticket, stock up on snacks for the interval, download the virtual programme, and prepare to join us as the graduating students of BOVTS present the timeless story of Bathsheba Everdene.

If you have already booked an in-person ticket, then The Redgrave’s Box Office will be in touch shortly with details of your refund and how to book a livestream ticket.

Rehearsal photography by Rachel Holman. Trailer by Craig Fuller Photography. 

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