Meet the Young Company Practitioners

Monday Year 9 and Monday Year 10–11: Matt Grinter 

Matt has worked as a writer/director in both film and theatre. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious venues across Britain and beyond including Trafalgar 2, Bristol Old Vic, The Pleasance, The Finborough, The Southwark Playhouse, The Tate Gallery, The Royal Academy Summer Show, Encounters, Palm Springs, Leuven, Corona Cork, New York Metropolitan, Zagreb Film Festival and Glastonbury Festival and has earned him a number of accolades including a Kodak Award, an Honourable mention at the New York Metropolitan Film Festival, Lost Theatre Company’s One Act Play and winning the Papa Tango New Writing Competition with his play Orca for which he is currently nominated for a ‘Off West End Award’ for most promising New Playwright.  

Matt is currently one of the Open Session Writers on attachment at Bristol Old Vic. He recently co-directed the BOV Young Company’s show ‘Under A Cardboard Sea’ in the main house at Bristol Old Vic.

Tuesday Year 10–11 and Tuesday 16–25: Angela Athay Hunt

Angela is a Bristol based theatre maker, practitioner, actor and director with many years of experience creating inclusive theatre with diverse communities. After graduating with a degree in Theatre, Angela worked extensively with Bristol Old Vic Education Department as an actor, director, practitioner and workshop leader developing numerous projects and leading consultations with outside agencies including The Arts Council. Angela was also the Junior Youth Theatre Director while at Bristol Old Vic, founded the Junior Summer Course and directed numerous Youth Theatre productions including adapting and directing Orwell’s ‘1984’ with a cast of 60 in the then New Vic Studio.  

Angela went onto co-found and direct Myrtle Theatre Company, a specialist, participatory theatre company where she delivered theatre projects both locally and nationally including national work with young and adult offenders within secure environments.  As a freelance theatre maker Angela has collaborated with a range of arts and theatre companies including Theatre Orchard where she wrote and directed site specific theatre with diverse communities notably, ‘Hurly Burly’, ‘Electra’ and ‘Persephone’. Angela has facilitated a range of theatre projects including work with Traveling Light, The Big Act, Firebird Theatre, Geese Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. 

She has also lectured and facilitated Masterclasses at Bristol University, Filton, City of Bristol, Weston and Bath College’s as well as UWE. Angela is passionate about creating inclusive theatre and has a particular love of Shakespeare, Brecht, Boal, and Artaud. She is delighted to be currently working extensively with Bristol Old Vic – Outreach and Young Company.      

Thursday Year 10–11 and Thursday 16–25: Maisie Newman

Maisie is a Bristol based director, choreographer and practitioner. She is co-director and founder of Fen, a member of Propolis Theatre and an associate director for Twisted Theatre. Maisie was recently the associate artist for Gecko Theatre’s ‘The Wedding’ for Bristol Old Vic. She specialises in devising physical theatre and choreography for theatre, verbatim theatre and interdisciplinary and experimental performance. Maisie works extensively for the engagement department and has been leading workshops with them across the city for a multitude of programmes for several years. She has also been a core creative member of several young company shows. Recent credits: PSYCHOPOMP (dir. Camden Peoples Theatre, Loco Club); WULF (dir. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Ferment); Spill (dir. UK tour); The Stranger (dir. Hauser and Wirth / Bristol Old Vic YC) The Love of the Nightingale (assoc dir. and co choreographer, Bristol Old Vic YC); The Fox and the Child (dir. The Wardrobe Theatre). 

Saturday Year 1–2 and Saturday Year 3–4: Jenny Davies

Jenny Davies works as a performer, designer and devisor. Since graduating from University of Bristol she has worked with companies such as Tremolo Theatre, Common Wealth and Twisted Theatre. She completed Bristol Old Vic’s Made in Bristol programme in 2015 and co-founded Propolis Theatre, touring their show SPILL across the UK. Her screen credits include Casualty (BBC), Cow (BBC/Tred), Crusade In Jeans (Kasander) and her recent theatre credits include Pulling Out (Documental Theatre) SPILL (Propolis) and Spooky Ship (BOV). Jenny regularly works with young people in diverse settings across the UK, facilitating workshops and touring plays. Jenny is currently assisting Emma Williams in directing two new plays as part of Theatre Royal Bath’s Engagement programme.

Saturday Year 5 and Saturday Year 6: Dale Thrupp

Dale is an ex Young Company member and graduate of the Made in Bristol programme in 2015. Since then he has worked with Bristol Old Vic on many different projects and in numerous roles; from acting, stage management, directing and facilitating. As an actor Dale has worked on various shows with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement Department, with Propolis Theatre and Wyldwood Community Arts.

Dale has worked extensively in workshops and sessions over the last 3 years for both Bristol Old Vic and with National Youth Theatre as an Ambassador.

As a performer, Dale is drawn to movement and physical performance as well as ensemble performance and collaborative group work. Dale believes that the best theatre comes from play and being allowed to have fun, so his sessions will be a chance for Young Company members to express creativity and in whatever way they choose!

Saturday Year 7–8, 3-5pm and 5–7pm: Julia Head

Julia is a Bristol based theatre maker and director. Having graduated from the Bristol Old Vic’s Made in Bristol scheme in 2016 she now works with the Engagement Department and has been part of the Bristol Old Vic’s Young Directors Scheme. Julia is an associate artist of Fen, Propolis, Twisted Theatre and Sharp Teeth Theatre and recently received The Henry Augustine Forse Award for her contribution towards Engagement. Julia was the Assistant Director on Bristol Old Vic Young Company’s Summer show T***k You and is working as a director in collaboration with Headlong Theatre. Julia’s practice challenges young people to take risks, to try new things, to make work that excites them, challenges the audience and breaks some theatrical rules in the process!