Joe is almost centre stage!

An University project Bristol, United Kingdom

Joe is almost centre stage!

We need to assist Joe with purchasing the required books, materials & admission fees for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

New stretch target

If we possibly reach our target then all "stretch funding" will be used to help with anything Joe needs along the way, eg tuition fees, more books etc. I will be keeping a very tight spread-sheet (& all receipts) to account for all pledges and expenses and this will be auditable and available to any donors who wish to view it.

Project aim

We need to assist Joe with purchasing the required books, materials & admission fees for attending Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

About the project

Our friend Joe is a very talented actor and he will be attending Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in September this year. Joe has gone through the audition processes and over 1300 people applied for a course which offers only around 28-30 places. 

Joe is 21, originally from South London, he now lives in Bristol and is a dedicated actor. Joe works part time at the box office at the Bristol Old Vic as well as performing in many productions in Bristol and beyond. He has a deserved reputation around the theatre for being very hard working and talented.

After earning a place at Mountview Academy for Theatre Arts, Joe had to persevere with applications for bursaries to be able to accept the place. Although the bursary finally came through, the cost to acquire the long list of "must-haves" to start the course is really high. He needs a whole stack of books and special clothes and we really want to help him get everything he needs.

Joe was nominated for Young Inspirational Person of the Year Award in 2013 and has achieved several other accolades in recent years.

Here is a letter Joe wrote while applying for funding, I thought to include it because it's his voice and demonstrates just why we want to help:


Dear ...,

I am an aspiring actor. My life story is long, but I shall be brief. For the past 3 years, I have been

acting in Bristol. I started with the Bristol Old Vic and since then, I have gone on to perform in many

spaces around Bristol and beyond.

Having getting stuck in with theatre at any opportunity, I am now very keen to study, and try my

hardest to perfect my craft. In particular, to study at theatre school, to attain a Bachelor of Arts in

Professional Acting. I thought very hard about enrolling and truly believe this is the right path for


There are many cases where people from working class backgrounds are falling at the last hurdle,

they attain a place at theatre school, but can’t afford it. I don’t want to be another one of those

statistics, I feel that I and many other people have worked hard to get me this far. I want to break

through the barrier that is stopping low income people, -like myself, getting through, and only

letting those with financial backgrounds experience drama school training.

This year I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Mountview Academy of Theatre arts. I had

worked hard throughout the whole process. Prepared monologues and songs, and performed them

to the best of my ability, getting through 3 rounds of auditions. After accepting the place on the

course, finance came into the picture. The course fees are expensive, and I am at a loss as to how I

will raise the funds for my education.

I am subsequently writing to you in hope that you could help me with funding.

Theatre is extremely important to me, it literally changed my life. Before I was introduced to the

Bristol Old Vic, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I’d probably still be in London,

getting into the same trouble as I used to. I have worked really hard to turn my life around, I was

nominated for Bristol’s Young Inspiration of the year in 2013 and I am nominated for the Prince’s

Trust Young Achiever of the year award this year to commend my efforts. So I really hope I get my

chance to study and continue to pursue my dreams.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter,

Kindest Regards

Joe is also required to pay 3 fees totalling £975 (£495 degree registration, £180 inital tuition fee & £300 for Spotlight fees) and the bursaries don't assist with these. The books and clothes he needs will be around £450. We are hoping to raise £1200 because we are committed to being super savvy shoppers and we hope to make that list as cheap as possible.

Thank's very much for taking the time to read this, I know Joe will be a dedicated student and fantastic actor and your help is most appreciated.