‘Retell Again and Again’, Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre Summer School, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2023. Photo: Clare Walsh

Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre Summer School 2024

  • Mon 29 July – Fri 2 August 2024
  • 10 am – 5 pm

Join us for a series of masterclasses with theatre professionals, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic, inspired by the exhibition ‘Phyllida Barlow. unscripted’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

Designed for young theatre-makers, aged between 11 – 14 years, each day will offer an insight into a specialism that plays a part in the development of a theatre production. The week will culminate in sharing the material created in the masterclasses with invited family and friends. 

This year’s Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre Summer School is led by Theatre Director and Facilitator Krista Matthews. 

Please note that there is a subsidised fee of £110 per person for the week. For more information, contact hwsomersetlearning@hauserwirth.com.

Monday 29 July
Writing text with Adam Peck 

  • Responding to the exhibition by creating duologues, monologues and text with Adam Peck.  

Tuesday 30 July
Movement and choreography with Sophie Cottle 

  • Create a set piece of choreography/physical theatre with Sophie Cottle.  

Wednesday 31 July
Music and sound design with Jack Orozco-Morrison 

  • A day of music making/sound design, to create a piece of music with Jack Orozco-Morrison.  

Thursday 1 August
Set and costume design with Edwina Bridgeman

  • Using objects, materials, and clothing to explore set and costume design with Edwina Bridgeman.  

Friday 2 August

  • Rehearsal, collation and sharing of created material with invited family and friends.  

About the Facilitators
Krista Matthews

Krista Matthews was part of Bristol Old Vic’s ‘Made In Bristol’ scheme (2016 – 2017) and is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK, where she studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Writing for performance. Her practice focuses on collaboration, often with young people, and creating work which is firmly rooted in challenging what theatre or performance can be.   

Adam Peck 
Adam Peck has spent the past two decades working as a playwright, dramaturg and theatre-maker. He has been an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic since 2013, and in 2019 his devised adaptation of ‘A Monster Calls’ won an Olivier Award. 

Sophie Cottle 
Sophie Cottle is a Bristolian Theatre Director who specializes in inclusive facilitation and working from a physical perspective. After completing her actor training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2016, she began her career role of a director.  

Jack Orozco-Morrison 
Jack Orozco-Morrison is a composer, sound designer and theatre maker based in and from Bristol. He participated in the ‘Made in Bristol’ course in 2015 – 2016, and has since worked frequently with the Bristol Old Vic Engagement department, including as a workshop leader.  

Edwina Bridgeman 
Edwina Bridgeman has created immersive spaces for many shows for young audiences. These include ‘Midnight Mole,’ The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, UK (2025); ‘Snow Mouse,’ The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath (2024 – 2025) / Travelling Light Theatre Company (2017); ‘Igloo,’ Travelling Light Theatre Company (2024) / Bristol Old Vic (2018); ‘When the Birds Sang,’ Theatre Hullabaloo / Travelling Light Theatre Company (2023); ‘Belle and Sebastien,’ Travelling Light Theatre Company / Bristol Old Vic (2022 – 2023).

About Bristol Old Vic
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has been working in partnership with Bristol Old Vic since 2014 to give young people aged between 11 – 16 years who are interested in drama and the performing arts the opportunity to work with professional artists and directors. The Bristol Old Vic provides a rich education through the arts and helps to develop deeper engagement with local communities across the South West. The summer school provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by their team of professional artists.

Watch previous public performance events at the Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre Summer School: ‘Retell Again and Again’ (2023), ‘The Adventures of the Wilderness People’ (2022), ‘We Do, We Undo, We Redo’ (2019) and ‘Cara (KA-ra)’ (2018).

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for use on the Hauser & Wirth website, social media and in other marketing materials.