Bristol Old Vic Engagement works in targeted areas of Bristol and with specific communities to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience and be inspired by theatre, including those who would not otherwise encounter it or be able to afford it.


Following the success of Meadows to Meaders in 2017, we will continue to engage with the community of Southmead with a regular session for adults in the Greenway Centre working towards a community production, and a project with Orchard School and Badocks Wood primary. This stage of the project will be delivered in partnership with Southmead Development Trust and  Local Learning has been supported by Bristol City Council.

For more information on the whole project please visit

Bristol Open Stage 

An annual showcase that brings over 300 Bristolians to perform on our stage.

Throwing open our theatre to our extraordinary community who will share their own creative work in a celebration of Bristol's creative heart. Each showcase will feature a variety of performers from all parts of Bristol including choirs, circus performers, actors, writers, spoken words artists, comedians, dancers and much more. 

Bristol Open Stage – 2016 Credit: Jack Offord

Spark Theatre Makers 

Bristol Old Vic are excited to be offering a new weekly session in 2018! 

Following on from our partnership work with Firebird Theatre Company, we are now delivering a series of theatre workshops for disabled and learning disabled young adults from October 2018-May 2019. This project is in partnership with Bristol City College.

Spark Theatre Makers will explore many aspects of performing such as Acting techniques, devising, improvisation, physical performance, voice, character work and visual theatre.

If you are interested in finding out more or joining in - please register your interest by emailing

Mothers who Make

We host and coordinate the Bristol Group of Mothers who Make which is a growing national network aimed at supporting mothers who are artists, working in any discipline and at any stage of their careers. It is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers, filmmakers, photographers … every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother.

Work with under-5s

Our new programme of engagement for children under five includes a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported stream of work in children’s centres, and heritage-themed activity in our brand new foyer from Autumn 2018.

Thank you to our generous funders who make our work possible! Help us continue our work with children, young people, and communities in and around Bristol: