Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust Limited

An Inclusive Bristol Old Vic Young Company

We are looking to expand the diversity, accessibility and inclusivity of our Young Company for 5-25-year-olds. The Company comprises 350 members who attend weekly skills sessions at the theatre, make/see shows and, if they want to, undertake employment, mentoring and work experience.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (228235)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,500

Donations

61

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Situation

Our project attempts to tackle the following: • The systematic lack of diversity in UK theatre and participatory arts projects (especially concerning BAME or low income young people) • Decreasing creative opportunities for young people in light of public spending cuts in education and the arts • Lack of awareness around representative arts practice & recruitment • Specifically, we have a particular focus on removing barriers for young people affected by a disability/health-related condition.

Solution

We offer young people, irrespective of their background, the chance to embark on a lifelong creative journey with us, via: • An inclusive Young Company for disabled participants, providing specialist support as needed • An intensive Young Company for disadvantaged 18-25-year-olds • A major new work experience and employment programme for 14-25-year-olds • Four new, young person-devised, professionally produced shows a year • A Young People’s Council & Charter to underpin our business plan

  • "Having only recently joined the Young Company, I've gained so much experience, met so many different types of people, and they all have something to show the world. It‚Äôs a great place to free yourself and I can only imagine the future and just hope I can be a part of it all.‚Äù

    — Lara, Young Company member

  • ‚ÄúThe Bristol Old Vic Young Company is unique. Not only does it train young actors, dancers and musicians, it nurtures the theatre-makers of tomorrow and gives them a direct path into the industry. Without these opportunities, I really don‚Äôt know what I would be doing.‚Äù

    — Jesse Jones, Director (the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath and others) - also ex-Young Company

  • ‚ÄúThe production, by Bristol Old Vic Young Company, is the best I have seen in 10 years of the National Theatre's Connections festival. It's thrilling to see a group of teenage actors rise with such conviction to the challenge of such an exciting script."

    — Sir Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre

  • "Having only recently joined the Young Company, I've gained so much experience, met so many different types of people, and they all have something to show the world. It’s a great place to free yourself and I can only imagine the future and just hope I can be a part of it all.”

    — Lara, Young Company member

  • “The Bristol Old Vic Young Company is unique. Not only does it train young actors, dancers and musicians, it nurtures the theatre-makers of tomorrow and gives them a direct path into the industry. Without these opportunities, I really don’t know what I would be doing.”

    — Jesse Jones, Director (the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath and others) - also ex-Young Company

  • “The production, by Bristol Old Vic Young Company, is the best I have seen in 10 years of the National Theatre's Connections festival. It's thrilling to see a group of teenage actors rise with such conviction to the challenge of such an exciting script."

    — Sir Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre