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.

Southmead – Meadows to Meaders: A New Direction

Come along to the Greenway Centre on Saturday, Mar 30 to meet the Meadows and the Meaders; two fictional families who've been in Southmead from the beginning.

Back by popular demand, and made possible by funding from Bristol City Council and Team Southmead, many fascinating stories provided by you have been woven by local residents into this second episode of the Meadows to Meaders Community Soap Opera directed by Craig Edwards.

The people of Southmead will be performing real events from the 1930s to the 1960s, live at The Greenway at 12pm and 2.30pm.

Find out more here. Tickets available from the Greenway Centre or by calling 0117 950 3335.

Following the success of Meadows to Meaders in 2017, we've continued 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 is being delivered in partnership with Southmead Development Trust, and Local Learning has been supported by Bristol City Council.

Bristol Open Stage 

Have you ever wanted to take the stage? Have you a story to tell? Burning to tell that joke? Now's your chance?

Our annual showcase bringing over 300 Bristolians to perform on our stage is back! We're throwing open our Theatre to our extraordinary community, to you, inviting you to share your own creative work in a celebration of Bristol's creative heart – the stage is yours!

Previous showcases have featured a variety of performers from all parts of Bristol including choirs, circus performers, actors, writers, spoken words artists, comedians, dancers and much more.

Open Stage 2019 will take place on Bank Holiday Mon 27 May in the week of the theatre’s 253rd birthday (30 May 1766). Applications are now closed.

Spark Theatre Makers 

Bristol Old Vic’s weekly session for learning disabled young people 

We are delivering a series of theatre workshops for disabled and learning disabled young adults from October 2019-May 2020. 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

Stomping Ground

Stomping Ground is a Bristol-based theatre company for people of colour, fighting for better representation and access to performing arts across the city and beyond. 

If you’re a person of colour looking for a way into the performing arts, then Stomping Ground is for you.

We offer workshops, group trips, and opportunities to network and perform — all in inclusive, supportive environments in venues across the city.

Look out for our first performance Our Street in the Weston Studio on 13 January 2020

For more info – link to

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: