Bring the Drama Festival – 5th March 2024

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Please note, this event has now passed. You can read a write up about the day here.

This National Careers Week, the BBC and Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios are joining forces to showcase the vast range of careers available across the film, TV and theatre industries, as part of the nationwide Bring the Drama Festival.

Taking place at The Bottle Yard Studios on Tuesday 5th March 2024, Bring the Drama is a special free event, sponsored generously by the West of England Institute of Technology.

Open to members of the public, the day has been designed to inspire the next generation of creative professionals.

Whether you’re interested in a career behind the camera or in front of it, whether your passion lies in TV, film or theatre, this is a fantastic chance to gain a better understanding of the industry and its career options, plus some useful contacts for the future.

Who’ll be there?

We’ve brought together a variety of exhibitors who will be on hand to advise you on pathways into the industry and share valuable tips and insights. These include:

Aardman, Access Creative College, Babbasa, BBC Studios, BFI Academy, boomsatsuma, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol School of Acting, Catch 22, Fire Storm Pyro FX, Into Film, JonesMillbank / Nine Tree Studios, Latent Pictures, Location One, Mangostone Ltd, MyWorld & Watershed, Paradigm Post-Production Ltd, PYTCH agency ltd, Quantum Manpower Services Ltd, Screenology, SWMUA (Make Up), The University of the West of England and Visual Impact.

There will be practical displays and a chance to speak to staff from The Bottle Yard Studios and Bristol Film Office about the film and TV industry across Bristol and the South West.

How do I book?

Bring the Drama will take place on Tuesday 5th March 2024 at The Bottle Yard Studios, Whitchurch Lane, Bristol BS14 0BH. Free tickets are available to book for 45min slots between 10am – 4.30pm and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Under 18’s are welcome to attend as part of a school or college group, or with an accompanying parent or guardian.

Please note, although this event is free, pre-booking is essential.

A nationwide festival

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The BBC’s Bring The Drama Festival is a six-week programme of nationwide events showcasing behind-the-scenes jobs in the stage and screen, featuring everything from stage-managing to wig-making, lighting to line producing, set design to make-up design.

It accompanies the new six-part series Bring the Drama hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bailey, which launched on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer on 14th February. Produced by BBC Arts and Wall to Wall Media, the series follows eight aspiring actors who have always dreamt of becoming professional actors but have never had the opportunity, as they are mentored by a renowned casting director.

Details of Bring the Drama Festival events happening elsewhere in the UK are available on the ERIC app. For further information, visit the Bring the Drama website.