Theatre students win places to study at Bristol Old Vic and RADA

Two Clayesmore students are celebrating this week having been offered unconditional places to study at top drama schools. Caitlin will study BA Production Arts (Stage and Screen) at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Emily will study BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).

Our Director of Drama, Mr Tom Wansey adds: “These institutions are in the top three in the country . . . if not the world! To put this into perspective, in terms of place numbers and prestige, it really is on par with getting a place to study at Oxford or Cambridge.”

Clayesmore Theatre’, the school’s theatre company, stages a wide range of productions each year, from Shakespeare to musicals to challenging modern plays. As well as published works, the season always includes a number of student written and directed plays. This varied programme allows students of all years to work together in a collaborative and creative environment.

As well as contributing creatively to more than twenty Clayesmore Theatre productions between them, Caitlin and Emily are also current members of the five-strong, student ‘Theatre Committee’.  

Since being elected as Artistic Director and Head of Production respectively, Caitlin and Emily have designed a season of nine plays this year, have helped to cast productions and recruited and trained crew members. Their experience running the theatre in this way has certainly helped prepare them for their next step.

Our congratulations to Caitlin and Emily who follow a long tradition of Clayesmorians who have gone on to careers in the theatre industry, among them Jenni Toksvig (writer), Nicole Faraday (actor), Sir Howard Panter (Ambassadors Theatre Group), Stephen Joseph (pioneer of Theatre in the Round) and Kenneth Macintosh (Director, National Theatre).