See how your Big Give donations help:

£5 – Speed of Light!

Sponsor a young person’s travel to get to and from their drama session at Bristol Old Vic.

£10 – Equip and Empower!

Sponsor the whole group’s printed scripts for their rehearsals.

£25 – Nourish and Strengthen!

Sponsor the whole group’s refreshments at each of the sessions.

£100 – Protect and Provide!

Sponsor all the resources for a rehearsal, including props, costume and materials.

£500 – Enlighten and Inspire!

Sponsor a whole day of arts activity exploring the impact of knife-crime in communities.

£1,000 – Move and Shift!

Provide bursary places for young people to take part in the production of Romeo and Juliet and the companion knife-crime community project.

£5,000 – Motivate and Energize!

Sponsor another community group in Bristol to take part in 10 weeks of drama sessions exploring the impact of knife crime, providing clear pathways into the arts or alternative support for those considering progression outside of theatre


About Young SixSix

Young SixSix are an ensemble that meet regularly at Bristol Old Vic to make and watch theatre.

Young people are drawn from across the centre and north of Bristol to take part in the project through schools and youth clubs. The aim of the project is to offer pathways into theatre for young people who may not have considered it before and where access to the arts are limited. Young people that take part in Young SixSix go on to take part in Bristol Old Vic Young Company productions and sessions.

The ensemble is led by professional directors and facilitators Julia Head and Xahnaa Adlam and recognises the power of theatre to bring people together, increase confidence and become more understanding of others and the world around you.

What are we aiming to achieve with the funds raised? 

  • Address inequality of access to the arts by working with a range of referral partner organisations, and lessen the opportunity gap within our Engagement and Artistic programmes by working directly with inner city young people affected by knife crime.
  • Use the themes and content of Romeo & Juliet to allow young people to address and explore contemporary issues that they face, using the devising process as a catalyst bringing together young people from a wide variety of backgrounds to collaborate across a range of projects.
  • By enabling young people to access creative opportunities in their own communities and by funding travel into the city to see shows and for sessions at the theatre we will reduce economic and geographic barriers to participation and engagement in the arts.
  • Create two new paid Assistant posts which will be offered to two participants who have come up through our Young SixSix pathway, allowing them to take the next steps in their professional careers as well as acting as role models for younger members of the company.
  • Use the Romeo & Juliet production and companion project to engage individuals in our newly formed Young SixSix library, providing access to a wealth of writing which reflects the diversity of voices in the artistic sector and empowers future generations of artists.


All funds recieved are unrestricted and may be used to cover core costs for Bristol Old Vic