The School for
Wise Children


Emma  Rice’s School for Wise Children, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 


The Creative Toolkit 

Monday 29 April – Friday 17 May, excluding weekends 

Bristol, venue TBC 

Cost: flexible depending on circumstances. Please see application form for more details.

Apply below. Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 11 March.



Emma  Rice’s particular blend of multi-disciplinary theatre relies on an ensemble who can use all the tools in their creative kit to bring stories to life. The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) is one of the most respected and successful conservatoire drama schools in the UK, providing training of the highest calibre.   


This unique three-week course brings Wise Children and BOVTS together and offers an intensive grounding in the skills needed to create and perform as an ensemble – and to make theatre magic!  


During the course, students will train with BOVTS acting, voice and movement tutors, and with Wise Children’s lead practitioners including Artistic Director Emma Rice and Music Director Ian Ross.  


Each week will build from the last, with Week One focused on ensemble work and skills building. In Week Two, participants will create a piece under Emma’s direction, and in Week Three they’ll use everything they’ve learnt to create an original devised piece.  


All students will need to be able to perform, sing and move confidently - so we’re expecting most applicants will have at least some previous performing experience. We are committed to equal opportunities and actively welcome candidates from all backgrounds.  

 Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation, but Wise Children may also be able to help with the costs of accommodation, travel and / or other access costs if needed. Let us know if you would like to hear more about this and we’ll be in touch. Applicants should be available to attend the course from Monday to Friday each week. 




Please fill in the application form and include a link to a video of yourself. The video should include the following material sticking strictly to the time limits:  

1. A one-minute introduction: tell us a bit about you and why you want to do this course 

2. One minute showing your spoken ability: tell us a story, read a poem or perform a monologue. This doesn’t have to be text based: an improvised story or joke would work fine here.  

3. One minute of you singing and, if you play one, accompanying yourself on an instrument. 

4. and one optional extra minute for you to show us something else you’d like us to see; a special skill, or something from a show you’ve been in, for example.  


Apply here.


Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 11 March. Successful applicants will be informed on Friday 22 March.   


The course is aimed at ages 18+