The Julian Slade Award

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 LATEST AWARD WINNER (2021/22)

SAMUEL BELL (21/22)

See Front Page for details 

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS (2008-2021)

CARLIE DIAMOND (2020-21)

Her family had neither a musical background nor enough money to invest in instruments and music lessons. Despite these gaps music has always played a big part in Carlie’s life. But she never thought that in her first year at the School she was going to win an award for something she had invested in privately and enjoyed so much. Singing had always been a casual pursuit. She had done little musical theatre, and only listened to sound tracks of musicals that her parents loved. Although she had sung in a chamber choir in year 6, she  was 16 before she received her first singing lessons in musical theatre, when she was on the Acting Course at Bodens College of Performing Arts. There she played roles such as Eponine in ‘Les Miserables’, Pepper in ‘Cry-Baby’, Martha in ‘Spring Awakening’ and George in ‘Godspell’. She also bought herself and taught herself to play an old ukulele from a local charity shop, later moving on to playing her very own guitar. She also soon started composing her own original songs.Carlie wins the Julian Slade Award for 2020 with another year to go on her BA acting course at BOVTS, where she clearly enjoys being ‘constantly being pushed and encouraged by the staff when it comes to singing and acting’ and she is obviously particularly grateful to  T


TESSA WONG – 2019/20 

Tessa WONG is now in the third  year of her three year course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is 21 and comes from Birmingham, where she attended King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls.
She had singing lessons from aged 10-18, classical and some MT.  In most recent BOVT School productions she has played Adelaide inGuys & Dolls’ and Rino in Anything Goes’. She is learning the ukelele. She is a talented, musical singer, with excellent attention to detail in lyrics and strong acting-through-song ability.
TESSA WRITES: “I feel incredibly privileged to join the few who can call themselves Julian Slade Award Winners. I have always tried to involve myself with Musical Theatre in any way I can, whether behind the scenes or on tstage. Growing up in Birmingham, I have been fortunate enough to perform in many spaces with local theatre groups such as The MAC Theatre, The Birmingham

Hippodrome and The Alexandra Theatre. I possess a great love for singing, and have been participating in concerts and amateur musical theatre productions from a young age. During my time at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire I became sure of my choice to pursue acting and performance as a career. I was met with many extraordinary opportunities, such as having the great privilege to perform for the Sondheim Society in a masterclass.
I hope to spend my next two years at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School learning as much as I can about both acting and singing, furthering my skills in an environment where I always feel encouraged to grow and flourish. Under Pam Rudge’s vocal tutelage, I discover new things about my voice everyday, and constantly push my own barriers. In terms of my training, I’m very much looking forward to the coming years, and again, would like to express my deepest appreciation for being honoured as the 2019 Winner of the Julian Slade Award”

 DANIAL RADZE – 2018/19

In his own words :”I was born and lived in Nottingham where I began my training as an actor. I took an interest in the performing arts from around the age of 11 and considered it a hobby until I became a member of The Television Workshop at the age of 15. In that same year I landed my first professional role as the lead in a short film titled ‘Compulsion’ that was subsequently taken to the London Film Festival and won the Best New Short Film award while it was there. Since then I have been between training and working professionally but most recently I became a student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and have found a wonderful family in the staff and students here across my first year of training. I have never been trained, until now, (professionally or otherwise) in any kind of singing or the rudiments of music that often accompany it. But with that said it was to my surprise, and with tremendous honour, that I have been awarded The Julian Slade Award this year. I do however think it goes without saying that I owe it chiefly to my tutors and fellow class mates at the school for supporting me through the beginning of what I hope will be a fruitful training and an overwhelmingly positive start to a prosperous career.”

PEDRO LEANDRO – 2017/18

Agent: INSIGHT MANAGEMENT

In his own words: I started singing when I was 6 and only started acting at the age of 16. I loved doing both, so kept them up when I went to study Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. I got very involved with the student theatre scene there and took part in some very exciting shows including Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and The Merchant of Venice. I also took a few shows to the Edinburgh Fringe including Hamlet and the improvised comedy show The Improverts.
I loved every second of it so decided that I wanted to train and ended up at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School! With the help of all the fantastic tutors at the school and my fellow students I have grown a lot and learned about my craft. In particular, Pamela Rudge, our singing teacher, pushed me to improve my singing a lot and I was delighted and humbled to become the 10th award winner.
In my final year at the school, I took part in the Julian Slade Celebration evening, which was quickly followed by playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, both at the Redgrave Theatre. I then had the honour of being directed by Bill Alexander as Lord Orlando Pope in The Taming of the Shrew at Circomedia. I then played Man in Philip Ridley’s challenging play Tender Napalm at the Wardrobe Theatre and finished off the year by playing Phaeax in Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes at the Tobacco Factory joined a boys choir called Les Pastoureaux in Belgium (where I grew up) when I was 9 years old andover the next 9 years , I toured with the choir all around Europe, North and South America. I was also lucky enough to be part of several productions at La Monnaie National Opera House such as Britten’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Massenet’s ‘Werther’ and Giordano’s ‘Fedora’ as a treble soloist

 VERITY BLYTH – 2016/17                                                                                                                                       

Agent: CONWAY VAN GELDER GRANT‘

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)’ 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 advanced the cause of women in the theatre when, in the Autumn, she played  ‘Silver’ (Note Not ‘Long John’) in ‘Treasure Island,’ staged at Bristol’s Redgrave Theatre.

ELEANOR JACKSON – 2015.16

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  – 2014/15

Agent: OLIVIA JAGGERS at MIDDLEWEEK NEWTON

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. 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.  Since graduating in 2016, Jessica has been in Sally Cookson’s production of Peter Pan at the National, Medea at Bristol Old Vic, Who Cares for The Lowry/Lung Theatre inManchester, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado for Charles Court Opera and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for Insane Root. Jess is about to begin rehearsals for Madness of George iii at Nottingham Playhouse starring alongside Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough.

ED MACARTHUR – 2013/14

Agent: CURTIS BROWN Contacts: Mary FitzGerald +44 (0)20 7393 4338 | Lucy Johnson +44 (0)20 7393 4338

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. In 2017 ne featured in a highly successful two man show, a musical comedy murder called ‘Murder for Two’ which transferred from The Watermill at Newbury to the St James theatre in London for a five week run. He has since been touring with his own production company, followed by a a role in the’The Borrowers’ at Newbury.

Current News  He is about to start  a two week run of at the Soho Theatreof The show ‘ String Vs Spitta’ , a two-man classical/grime musical comedy about two rival children’s entertainers, The show is written by and stars Ed and Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats). The show was was short-liisted but ‘failed to win’ The Musical Comedy Award of 2021.’

Beth Nash BETHAN NASH
 – 2012/13

Agent: NARROW ROAD https://narrowroad.co.uk/

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. Over Christmas 20i16 Bethan played the lead Grace Kelly part  of Samantha  in ‘High Society’ at the Mill in Sonning, returning in 2017 in the lead part of Eliza in a  stunning production of ‘My Fair Lady’. Last autumn she  was  part of the Globe company in Londto on in the ‘Red Not Dead ‘ series at the  Wanamaker Theatre in London . During the worst of ‘lockdow she devoted her time working for NHS 111 but she is now back on tour. with ‘ ‘The Ballad of Maria Martenf’ in which she  plays two main parts- Teresa and Peter Matthews!. A tour is set for the Spring in venues such as London Wilton’s Music Hall, Malvern, Bath Theatre Royal, Keswick Theatre by the Lake

  CHRIS HANCOCK – 2011/12

Agent: NARROW  ROAD

 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
Until recently Chris was working for a producer  and was currently in charge of a magic show called ‘Impossible’,for which he does all the coordination and logistics. By way of corrast,t he is now working as a writer. His latest work is a novel set in Russia and one of his short stories s ‘Are There Lilac Trees?‘ has just been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2021.

ALI WATT – 2010/11

Agent: INFINITY ARTISTS Contact: casting@infinityartists.com

Since graduation from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2012 Ali has spent time acting at the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire (Seward in DRACULA. Gabriel Oak in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD,Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds (Mercutio in ROMEO & JULIET); Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Charles Condomine in BLITHE SPIRIT, Rev. Parris in THE CRUCIBLE, SUMMER HOLIDAY, HERITAGE, PERFECT DAYS, THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON); Eden Court, Inverness (Siegfried Sassoon in NOT ABOUT HEROES); and the Dundee Rep (Don John in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING). Additionally, he was seen at the Oxford Playhouse in ENGLAND STREET, a new play by Kenneth Emson which also featured fellow JS Award-winner Katie Moore. He has just returned from Pitlochry’s 70th Anniversary season where he played Ratty in THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, as well as performing two Chekhov monologues (ABOUT LOVE/SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU) and a new piece of Scottish writing by Douglas Maxwell (BEAUTIFUL BOY). He also recently completed filming the role of Winterburn in the new Irvine Welsh drama CRIME for Britbox/Buccaneer Media.‘.

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ALEX MORGAN – 2009/10

Agent: Jane Lehrer Associates Contacts: PO Box 66334 NW6 9QT | 0207 435 9118 | 020 7482 4898 | jane@janelehrer.co.uk

Most recently I was lucky enough to film the role of RAF Flying Officer Johnson in Neil Marshall’s new Sci-fi horror, ‘The Laiir’, produced by Rather Good Film (Daniel-Konrad Cooper). I’m also voicing the UK dub of the character ‘Bernadino’ in ‘Glória’, a Portuguese Netflix Original series.

Other 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 inHollyoaks’. (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 – 2008/9Katie_8365_no_title

(Agent: CURTIS BROWN Contacts: email: Sam.Turnbull@curtisbrown.co.uk)

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 2016 in ‘Sheppey’  at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre
2021 UPDATE: Sadly KATIE MOORE  has recently had to stand down from theatre work because of a condition affecting her balance. She is now studying for a new career as a therapist in Mental Health. She is now also the proud mother of a baby son.

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