The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was opened in 1946 by Laurence Olivier as a training school for the Bristol Old Vic Company. It initially began its life in one room in a beautiful though cramped building behind the Bristol Old Vic stage door. It was affectionately then known as the ’fruit school’ as it was close to the fruit and vegetable markets, which surrounded the theatre. In 1954, Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade wrote for the Theatre School, the musical Salad Days. It went on to achieve enormous though totally unexpected success, with extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. The show gave the Theatre School the much-needed funds to move to bigger premises in Downside Road - the Schools current site. The building was officially opened in 1956 by Dame Sybil Thorndike. In 2003 the reputation and work of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was recognised by the government when it was invited to join a new scheme designed to provide secure funding for students. The Conservatoire of Dance and Drama invited the School along with RADA, the London Contemporary Dance School and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to be a founder member ensuring the Theatre School can take the most talented students regardless of their own personal financial circumstances. The School is a part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, an exciting new Government initiative to secure the future of conservatoire-level dance and drama vocational training in Britain, enabling the most talented students to gain access and benefit, irrespective of background or financial circumstances. The Bristol Old Vic Theathre School premises are not at present accessible to wheelchair users but we have considerable experience of working with and adapting our programmes to students with a wide range of impairments and we welcome applications from disabled students. Places are offered solely on the basis of suitability and potential for a successful career in the profession. If you wish to discuss your access needs before applying, please contact the Admissions Administrator for advice and further information, or email [email protected] We encourage you to disclose any relevant information when filling in your application forms so we can make appropriate arrangements for audition or interview.