Bristol Old Vic Young Company 

Bristol Old Vic Young Company is one of the largest regional youth theatres in the UK, home to over 350 young people aged 5-25 from across the South West who take part in an ongoing programme of weekly sessions, theatre masterclasses, community projects and full-scale performances.

During Bristol Old Vic's redevelopment, the Young Company has worked in venues across the city including:
• 1532 Performing Arts Centre
• St Brendan's Sixth Form Centre
• Melksham Oak Academy
• The Bierkeller Theatre

Ensemble theatre techniques form the key focus of Bristol Old Vic Young Company. We work with young people of all experience levels and interests to make theatre that focuses on the whole cast-creating work that features large numbers of young people with no ‘leading cast members'. Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has worked in collaboration with the National Youth Theatre, Extraordinary Bodies and Travelling Light. They perform professional standard work, three times a year and have performed devised, adapted and scripted work in venues including:
• Bristol Old Vic (Studio and Main House)
• The National Theatre
• The Belgrade Theatre
• Colston Hall
• Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and to make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Young Company continues to expand through satellite projects across Bristol, connecting with young people who find it difficult to participate in arts activity, to provide a rich education through the arts and develop deeper engagement with local communities across the city.

One of the most impressive traits is their capacity for community, their unique oneness. This group is a complete package, there is no singular here. Teamwork: at this they excel"


Young Company Progression

Made in Bristol is a graduate Young Company scheme now in its eighth year, made up of twelve 18-25 years old who train to become theatre makers, workshop leaders and facilitators through their associate relationship with Bristol Old Vic Young Company, during a year-long residency at Bristol Old Vic.