What

This is our Acting Diploma, developed in association with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, and one of the leading drama schools in the world.

We have created a unique course that draws on the richness and rigour of the drama training at the Old Vic Theatre School but makes it available for 16-18 year olds. In short, it will deliver the highest quality training that will equip you to take the next steps to be a professional actor. The course is a full time two year Extended Level 3 Diploma (that’s the equivalent of up to 3 A* A-levels) at the end of which you can choose to progress to university or drama school. You’ll experience a comprehensive teaching programme of workshops, classes and productions taught by expert staff. Places are limited to a maximum of 30 students per year.

Why

As a Professional Acting student, you will be at the heart of Bristol’s creative community, taking advantage of the wide range of partnerships that boomsatsuma has built in the city’s vibrant theatre scene.

At Bristol Old Vic Theatre School there’ll be opportunities to visit the school, see student shows and gain insights into their training. There’ll also be occasional specialist sessions from Theatre School staff or alumni.

There’ll be theatre trips to see productions at the Old Vic Theatre and Tobacco Factory and talks by professionals working or touring to the city.

Where

We have a network of contacts that extends right through the innovative companies that make Bristol a centre for the performing arts from Desperate Men to Myrtle Theatre, Show of Strength to Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company.

We’ll make sure that, as a student, you benefit from the widest possible experiences that Bristol has to offer.

Recent Projects

We have created a unique course that draws on the richness and rigour of the drama training at the Old Vic Theatre School but makes it available for 16-18 year olds. In short, it will deliver the highest quality training that will equip you to take the next steps to be a professional actor.

In year 1 you’ll be in a National Theatre Connections or National Student Drama Festival production and create a company to perform a Theatre in Education piece in schools. In Year 2 you’ll be cast in 2 of our professionally produced productions in Bristol.

Spring Awakening

It’s 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and conformity into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Directed by Stuart Wood. Production acknowledges the generous support of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Wind/Rush Generation(s)

The Marxist in Heaven is a play that does exactly what its title page says it’s going to do. The eponymous protagonist ‘wakes up’ in paradise and once they get over the shock of this fundamental contradiction of everything they believe in…..they get straight back to work….and continue their lifelong struggle for equality and fairness for all….even in death.

Directed by Hanna Lune.

Love & Information

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before...

Directed by Julia Head⁣.