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, we will continue to engage with the community of Southmead with a regular session for adults in St Stephen’s Church, and a new relationship with Orchard School.

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

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: