BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship

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2018 update:
In 2018 the BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship will not be hosting a workshop in the South West. Find out more about the Fellowship here.

We were delighted that one of the 2017 winners, David Reakes, came to the event via our Theatre Bristol workshop. Find out more about the 2017 winners here.


The Norman Beaton Fellowship

Have you got a voice for radio?

The BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship (NBF) is a flagship initiative run by Radio Drama as a key part of the department’s (((soundstart))) actor talent events. Its aim is to broaden the range of actors available to Radio Drama producers across the UK by encouraging applicants from non-traditional training backgrounds. To that end, it complements the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award scheme that has been running with the accredited UK-wide Drama Colleges for more than fifty years. The aim is to offer to a Fellowship to a minimum of two actors a year: this is a fixed-term bursary contract with the Radio Drama Company. Up to four runners-up receive single freelance engagements in Radio Drama productions.

Established in 2003, the NBF aims to broaden the range of actors working in Radio Drama and particularly encourages interest from underrepresented sectors of the acting community.

The NBF process has 3 stages: the regional workshop and audition, followed by national semi-finals and then finals.

South West Regional Workshop: BBC Radio & Theatre Bristol

Since 2009, BBC Radio has been working with Theatre Bristol to run the regional workshop and auditions for Bristol and the West of England. Theatre Bristol believes the best way to find and promote new voices is to make an open call.

Each year we’ve run it, we’ve received around 40 applications from all over the region and all but one year, we’ve had a regional actor selected through to the national finals.

It’s also an opportunity for actors to get their CV seen by a BBC Bristol Radio Producer and Theatre Bristol – so it’s well worth applying.

The NBF 2017 Bristol workshop and audition took place in January 2017 in Bristol.

For details about workshops in other regions and information about the history of the NBF, please visit