About Us

Christchurch Studios are owned and run by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Student training is the core activity, but the studios are also available for hire subject to availability. They were designed and renovated by the BBC for use as a drama studio and are also great for recording music. The majority of the radio drama facilities that the BBC installed are still in full working order which adds to the studio's flexibility and originality. Space is let to The Insects and Andy Sheppard. Photographs of the main spaces are available here.


Walking on the studio floor, the first area is the Domestic area. A small semi-resonant area with a low ceiling and a pine and quarry tiled floor.

Live RoomThe live area is a double height 25ft square room, with a pine floor and the acoustic can be varied with reversible wall mounted panels.

A small isolation booth is situated off this space. It too has variable acoustics and can simulate a car interior, or isolate an instrument amp.

The live room leads in to a dead room 25ft by 16ft. It has an extremely dry sound that can be used for exterior scenes in drama production. A removable floor conceals a paved area and gravel pit. An acoustic trap is a feature on the right hand side of the room. Used for distance effects.

An extensive spot FX store is situated at the back.

Control RoomThe building has a cellar space and is wired for mics, cue send and cue lights throughout.

The control room is on the first floor. It has a small isolation booth and a view from the mixing desk that looks down into the live area.

On the second floor of the building is an additional postproduction studio with a small adjacent recording space.

Also on the second floor are two video edit suites, one running Final Cut Pro and the other Avid.

Table football can be played in the Green room.

Please have a look at the studio's technical specifications listed in this pdf

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Christchurch Studios, 38 Portland Street, Bristol BS8 4JB, 0117 946 6765