Andy Scrivens Head of Scenic Construction

Andy Scrivens

Head of Scenic Construction


I started working in theatre at the tender age of sixteen with Tim Streader at the Bristol Old Vic as a YTS electrician after 18months the course came end and I work for 4 years as a Flyman also at the BOV.  The Master carpenter at the time then asked if I’d like to train to be a carpenter with him. I took this opportunity and for the next 9 years worked building all the BOV’s sets. I spent the next 12years working as a freelancer for various set building companies on theatre, TV, Film, Conference and Exhibition sets, travelling all over the UK and Europe installing sets we had prefabricated in the workshop. After this time, I returned to Bristol and the BOV and spent the next 7 years building all of their sets and taking them to venues in both the UK and North America initially a freelancer and then full time as Master Carpenter.

I am thrilled to be working as a tutor at the BOVTS and looking forward to passing on all the accumulated knowledge from my mentors to the next generation of theatre technicians.

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