In each of his latter years Julian used to help to fund one Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student for one year. His hope was always that the student who received his extra help would prove musically talented or particularly suited to performing in musicals. The Award was re-introduced by Julian’s brother Adrian Slade and his son Rupert in 2008.
The 2016 Award Winner – Verity Blyth
In 2016 Verity Blyth becomes the ninth winner of the Julian Slade Award. She says ‘Singing has always been a huge part of my life, having danced and taken part in local drama programs from a very young age. My background in dance naturally directed me toward musical theatre and, whilst at College and University, I took on parts such as Eva Peron in ‘Evita’ (2010 & 2012), Johanna in ‘Sweeney Todd’ (2011) and Sharpay in ‘High School Musical’ (2014)’ ‘Helvetica Neue’ Helvetica, sans-serif font-size:13px Before joining the acting course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015, she played the character of Peaches in the original musical ‘Americana’ by HB Productions (2013-2015, stage@leeds, Edinburgh Fringe, Stratford East Theatre) in which her performance was awarded the ‘Best Performance in a Musical (Sunday Times)’ Award at the National Student Drama Festival (2014, Scarborough). She describes herself as ‘fortunate enough’ to go on to record a soundtrack and music video with this company earlier in the following year.
During the first year at her two year course at BOVTS, she began to build her professional CV with credits such as Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and in her second year she may be advancing the cause of women in the theatre when, in the Autumn, she will be playing ‘Silver’ (Note Not ‘Long John’) in ‘Treasure Island’ which will be staged at Bristol’s Redgrave Theatre.
Previous Award Winners
ELLIE JACKSON -2015
Ellie has always loved to sing, starting in community theatre playing Eponine in the Royal Berkshire Academy’s ‘Les Miserables’ (Kenton Theatre, Henley 2008), Elizabeth Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (Kenton Theatre, Henley 2008) and Dorothy in South Hill Park’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ (2009). She then went on to perform with the National Youth Music Theatre in ‘The Hired Man’ (Hull Truck, 2009), ‘West End Live’ (2009), ‘Songs for a New World’ (Bridewell 2012) and ‘An Evening with Matt Lucas’ (Vaudeville 2012)
With plans to pursue an opera career Ellie went on to study German and Italian at Bristol University. There she performed as Jo in ‘Little Women’ (MR5C, Bristol University 2010) Abigail in ‘The Crucible’ (Manor Hall, 2011) Hope Harcourt in ‘Anything Goes’ (Winston Theatre, 2012) and Marie in ‘Woyzeck’ (Bierkeller, 2013). She also performed in the first project of Little Room productions at Edinburgh Festival, playing the role of Sarah in ‘Sanctuary The Opera’ (The Vault, 2011) . After spending her year abroad working at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Teatro Cerchio, Parma, Ellie decided to explore different genres of theatre and was delighted when she was offered a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School She has thoroughly enjoyed her first year of the 2 year FdA in Professional Acting and feels confident enough to call herself an ‘actor’ and not ‘just a singer’.
JESSICA TEMPLE – 2014
Jessica plays violin, piano, flute, piccolo and guitar. She also sings opera. Not surprising perhaps when her father, Andrew Nicklin, is the freelance conductor, accompanist, arranger & director, who founded and runs Trent Opera and is Artistic Director of Nottingham Festival Opera. Jessica also studied for five years at AGF Performing Arts in Nottingham. Before joining the BOV Theatre School she had already assembled an impressive CV of stage and musical roles played in Nottingham, Trent Opera and other theatres. Recently she has been in the School’s touring production for schools of ‘The Beaux Stratagem’. In the summer of 2015, as a prelude to her third and last year at the School, she and four other students took their ‘all women’ production for schools of ‘Julius Caesar’ to The Edinburgh Festival. She played Cassius. In this year’s Autumn/Christmas season she will be on stage at the National in the Bristol Old Vic production of ‘Peter Pan’ .
ED MACARTHUR – 2013
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In the last three weeks of his two year course at the Theatre School, Ed played two important roles: Dodge in the Theatre School’s production of the musical ‘London Road‘; and Timothy in the School’s tribute concert performance of ‘Salad Days’, staged at the Redgrave Theatre. In August 2014 he returned to the Edinburgh Festival, appearing, highly successfully, as the sole performer in a in a one-man comedy play with music called ‘Stackard Banks is Self-Discovered‘. From October 2014 until April 2015 he played Valentine on a long tour of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’, followed by playing Camelot in a Sheffield production of ‘Camelot. The Shining City’. In 2016 Ed had a very successful month at the Edinburgh Festival featuring in two musical shows he wrote himself
BETHAN NASH – 2012
Bethan played a number of key acting and singing roles during her last year at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. They included Julie in ‘London Road’, staged in the Bristol Old Vic studio, and Jane in the School’s tribute concert performance to mark the 60th Anniversary of ‘the opening of ‘Salad Days’ in Bristol. In 2013 she toured as Juliet in a highly creative one hour interpretation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ specially devised for primary schools. The show attracted very good reviews and appreciative audiences at the Edinburgh Festival. In her last appearance as a Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student she played the part of Jane in the school’s one night tribute marking the 60th Anniversary of the opening of ‘Salad Days’, the part played by 2008 award winner Katie Moore in Tete a Tete’s 2010/12 revivals of’at the Riverside Studios in London. She followed again in Katie’s footsteps when she played a principal role in the 2014 Christmas revival of the Bristol Old Vic’s production of ‘Swallows & Amazons‘, first staged at the Theatre Royal and in the West End four years ago.
CHRIS HANCOCK – 2011
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Since leaving Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in July 2012 Chris has played Geoff in ‘A Taste of Honey‘ at the Crucible, Sheffield, Charles and Little Louie in ‘Piaf’ at the Bolton Octagon, and once again, Geoff in the Hull Truck Theatre production of ‘A Taste of Honey‘ that has been touring from April to July 2014 in Derby, Doncaster, Scarborough, Bury St Edmunds, Salford, Malvern, Cheltenham and York. Chris’s performance has been described by critics as ‘excellent, sympathetically understated, as Geoff’ and ‘Fine work…as the gentle gay art student who volunteers to hold the baby.’ Chris was also seen last year in a well reviewed production of ‘The Dreaming’ at the Union Theatre in Southwark, described by The Stage as ‘a gorgeous, musically enveloping dream of a show‘. In 2015 he played a key role in a powerful new comedy ‘Chicken Dust’ at the Finborough Theatre in London. This was followed by a transfer to Leicester
Chris has been working for a producer for the last nine months and is currently in charge of a magic show called ‘Impossible’, for which he does all the coordination and logistics. This follows what he describes as ‘a fun but manic seven weeks’ at the Noel Coward theatre in the West End. ‘Impossible’ will be going soon to Dubai and then to Singapore.
ALI WATT – 2010
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After a season in the Christmas show of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent’ in 2011, Ali was asked back by the theatre for their Mini-Rep season. In April 2012 he played the part of Woody in Alecky Blythe’s new play ‘Where Have I Been All My Life?‘ Last Christmas he returned to the New Vic , Stoke on-Trent to play Crampful in ‘The Borrowers.’ He remained with the New Vic to play Seward in ‘Dracula’ in March 2015. In 2013 followed the role of Mercutio in a production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Bury St Edmunds and another Christmas show. And he was then seen at the Oxford Playhouse playing Bren, one of the male leads in ‘England Street’, a new play by Kenneth Emson in which Katie Moore played the female lead. During their 2014 summer season (May-October) he played four principal roles in four plays at the Pitlochry Festival.Since October 2015 has been playing Siegfried Sassoon in Eden Court’s Scottish touring production of ‘Not About Heroes’. The production toured out of Inverness to the Tron in Glasgow, the Traverse in Edinburgh, the Byre in St Andrews and various venues in the Highlands. Now he has joined Dundee Repertory where he isplaying Don John in their summer production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.’.
ALEX MORGAN – 2009
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Theatre credits since leaving the Theatre School include: Sebastian in ‘The Tempest and Dickens in The Actors’Market ‘(Waterloo East Theatre); Iokanaan in ‘Salome’ (Edinburgh Festival) ‘Rail in Z-Bed’ (landor), Big Bad Wolf in ‘Red Riding Hood ‘(Jjam Theatre); Junior Counsel in ‘Laughed Out Of Court’ (Royal Courts of Justice). Many revues including ‘Love Etc’ ‘An Actor’s life for Me’ and ‘Opera a la Carte’ with Vocalarity (Canal Cafe Theatre, St James Studio} and ‘The Shakespeare Revure Company’ (Cruise ship Minerva).Radio:: Edmund in ‘The Diary of Edmund Warner. TV:.Leading roles in ‘Hollyoaks’. (Channel 4 ) and ‘Psychoville’ (BBC2)..
Alex has a degree in Psychology and is also a Spanish teacher and foreign language dialect coach,. Credits include the new Styes & Drewe musical ‘Travels with My Aunt’ (Chichester); the play ‘Travels With My Aunt’ (Chocolate Factory) and ‘Nell Gwynn’ (Shakespeare Globe and Apollo).part Vocalarity is a four part comedy harmony group whose work can be viewed on http://www.vocalarity.com/. He is currently on tour with ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Shakespeare Revue’
KATIE MOORE – 2008
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Her very first professional role after leaving Bristol was playing Jane in the highly successful Tete a Tete 2010/11 production of ‘Salad Days’ at London’s Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, where she won critical and audience acclaim. She returned to the part in a longer run of ten weeks in 2012/13 – once again winning plaudits. In the months between Katie appeared in episodes of the TV series ‘Merlin’, played Laura in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent and then one of the principal roles in the Bristol Old Vic’s 2011/12 production of ‘Swallows & Amazons‘, which ran to packed houses at the Vaudeville Theatre, London followed by a long tour around the country. Since ‘Salad Days’ Katie and 2010 Award winner Ali Watt have played the leads in a well received new play ‘England Street’ at the Oxford Playhouse. In 2013 Katie played the part of Susy in the latest series of the BBC1 period drama ‘The Paradise‘ and starred as ‘The Little Mermaid’ in the Bristol Old Vic Christmas show of that name. In June and July 2014 she played Rita in ‘Billy Liar‘ at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Her performance was described as ‘brilliantly frenzied and strident’ and ‘bubbling with energy and imagination’.
Early in 2016 Katie played a key part in a revival of ‘German Skerries’, an award-winning play by Robert Holman, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for four weeks from from March and then toured to Reading, Scarborough, Lancaster and Hull. In the last three years she has been acting at a number of theatrical venues, including Manchester, Coventry, Bristol, Oxford and Stoke-on-Trent. Recently she has been making a film ‘Icarus;time and the edge of destiny’, based on a novel by Brian Greene and scored by Philip Glass The film will soon be showing in opera houses around the world . Katie was last seen in London in 2013 in the lead role of Jane in ‘Salad Days’ at the Riverside Studios.