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Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award Rules & Regulations 2019

Entry to the BBC CHBA is open to full-time Drama students from those Colleges that are either accredited by Drama UK or members of Conservatoires UK. The Bursary Awards are conferred on the basis of individual talent and ability in the art of acting for radio. We welcome involvement from all graduating students though we will not accept entries from persons under the age of 18.

Please note: The timetable can accommodate a maximum of nineteen participating Drama Schools

In 2019, the event will be held at Broadcasting House, London in Studio 60A from Monday 4th March to Thursday 7th (am only) March.

  1. The 2019 event is open to not more than four final year students from each participating Drama School. Colleges eligible for entry are those who are accredited members of Conservatoires UK and/or Drama UK as of 27 July 2015 or in the five years preceding that date. A complete list of eligible participating Colleges can be found below, after these rules. The schools must include regular tuition in radio acting technique as part of their curriculum. If candidates included are from overseas, they must have in place the necessary permissions to work in this country before they enter the Event. Please be aware: candidates may only enter once for BBC CHBA.
  2. A minimum of four finalists will each be offered a binding five-month contract as members of the Radio Drama Company. These contracts do not allow for any period of notice during their course. Clauses within the Bursary Award contracts will make this clear - and in nominating their chosen students, Colleges must do their utmost to ensure that they are all fully aware of this condition of entry.
  3. Those elected for Bursary Awards will only have the title conferred on them when they have formally signed their contract to join the Radio Drama Company.
  4. The contracts are for a start date of no later than Saturday 20th July 2019 to allow for a preliminary week of familiarisation and related training.
  5. Up to four runners-up will each receive a commitment to be engaged as freelance artists in one of Radio Drama’s 2019/2020 projects.
  6. Schools intending to take part must register with BBC Radio Drama no later than Friday January 25th 2019. Thereafter, they must ensure that students’ names, together with other entry requirements are received by BBC Radio Drama by Friday February 15th 2019.
  7. Entrants are asked to disclose details of any and all criminal and civil actions pending against them, or served against them plus any unspent convictions and to keep the BBC informed of any changes to that disclosed up to the point the winner is announced. This information will be handled in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the BBC Privacy Policy.
  8. Following standard industry practice, the BBC may undertake background checks of the shortlisted finalists. Information discovered or that may have been disclosed by the entrants themselves will inform the decision as to the selection of the finalists.
  9. The BBC reserves the right to stand down, in the BBC’s sole discretion, any entrant at any stage for editorial reasons, or otherwise. Should an entrant choose not to continue, the BBC reserves the right to offer the chance to go further in the Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award to another entrant.
  10. Although the BBC reserves the right to act on any information that may be disclosed or that is discovered through research, such disclosure or discovery of itself does not mean action will be taken. The BBC will consider all elements and make a decision in keeping with BBC Policies, Editorial Guidelines and to prevent or minimise any disrepute to the BBC and / to the entrants.
  11. The BBC works to ensure a culture where safeguarding children, including child protection, is everybody’s business whether staff, freelancer, Talent, Supporting Artist or contractor. Although the BBC is not a statutory body, it has a duty of care for any child with whom it interacts, regardless of the nature of the interaction.
  12. The BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award 2019 event is not open to any employee of the BBC, close relative of a BBC employee, or an employee of a partner organisation.
  13. The full list of accredited Colleges is as follows:


Arts Educational

Birmingham School of Acting

Birmingham Conservatoire

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Drama Centre

Drama Studio London

East 15 Acting School

Guildford School of Acting

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts


Leeds College of Music


Manchester School of Theatre, MMU

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Oxford School of Drama


Rose Bruford College

Royal Academy of Music

Royal College of Music

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Central School

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Privacy Notice:

The information that Colleges provide about their teams (names, contact details, CVs etc.) will be collected and held by the BBC for the sole purposes of administering the 2019 Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award. The BBC is the `data controller’ of your personal data. We process your data on the basis of our legitimate interests as media organisation to administer such competitions. The information provided will be shared with the two external judges during the event but will not be shared with any other external third parties. Participating Colleges must ensure that their students agree to be entered and have their CVs submitted to the BBC. Your information will be processed in line with the requirements of the Data Protection legislation: in the case of CHBA winners, information held will be deleted once contracts with the BBC Radio Drama Company have been completed (20th December 2019); in the case of runners-up, information will be deleted once a freelance engagement has been fulfilled. The BBC will keep a record of the names of applicants for the 2019 Awards for reference for future awards, but will destroy records five years from the CHBA event. The full BBC Privacy Policy is available at If you have any questions about how the BBC processes your data please contact Rebecca Wilmshurst, Production Executive for Radio Drama at If you contact the BBC about how it processes your data and you are unhappy with the BBC’s response, you can raise a concern with the Information Commissioner.


1. Two prepared duologues

The full team will enter the studio to meet the technicians and judges’ panel, and the team audition sight-reading scene will be distributed. The team will then perform two duologues, in English, of their own choice, with a maximum combined duration of no more than 6 minutes. This should enable participants to demonstrate their ability to interact with others. After each duologue is performed, one of the producers on the judging panel will have the opportunity to give notes and discuss the piece before recording the final take. The material ought not to be beyond the range and experience of those taking part, and should be conducted on one stereo microphone and not depend on studio or play-in sound effects. We advise selection of material for this slot to focus on modern pieces as most of the work Radio Drama undertakes is new writing with a chiefly contemporary setting.

2a Two solo contrasting pieces and one speech from a

Classical/Period piece.

After the Duologue section, individual actors will perform their 3 chosen solo extracts. Together your three items should not last more than four minutes and should demonstrate range and versatility. It is preferable to choose pieces which don’t involve more than one character. The pieces should be as different as possible, within the vocal age and accent range of the student concerned. Please edit your pieces carefully: it works best if the chosen speeches are not cut in the middle. None of these excerpts should be the same as the prepared duologues offered by the College candidates (see 1 above). As this is an acting award, it isn't advisable to include straight readings or poems in this Section.

2b And a short piece of prose

We will provide a short piece of prose to each team member when they first arrive at Broadcasting House. We will hear this directly after each candidate has completed their own selection of three dramatic pieces (2a above).

3 Group Sightreading

The text will be chosen by us and given to the students at the start of their team audition. The group will be taken through the piece by one of the Radio Drama producers, given some notes and the piece will then be recorded.

Special commendations will be made to those performances that the judges consider to be outstanding in each of the above sections .


The panel of Five Judges in 2019 will be chaired by David Hunter Producer, BBC Radio Drama.

By 25th January 2019 we will require:

Payment via BACS for One Hundred and Ten Pounds plus VAT(at 20%)

by way of a registration fee.

Details are:

Sort Code: 30-00-02

Bank Ac No: 00218249

Notes Section: Please state – “FAO Debbie Waddell, CH 2019 Reg Fee” –

Code: AAB-7451-CARL

Other reference numbers which may be useful are:

Lloyds Swift No – LOYD 2LCTY

Allocating GL – 14212

Although BACS is the preferred payment option, we will still be accepting cheques which should be made payable to the “BBC” (Cheque to be sent direct to the Radio Drama Company Co-ordinator, Room 6015 OBH, BBC Portland Place, London W1A 1AA)

If you need an invoice from us, in order to pay this registration fee and the additional VAT sum, please let us know a.s.a.p. so that we can raise the relevant paperwork

By 15th February 2019 we will require:

  1. 1. The names, addresses, telephone numbers of the nominated

students, together with a 10” x 8” headshot and CVs of each.

  1. 2. Details (play, author and character) of students’ individual

choice of material.

  1. 3. One copy of the scripts of students’ individual choice of material with brief contexts where necessary.

4. One copy of the script of the duologues, which should include the cast list.

(Please provide for the judges, a short context for the chosen duologues)

N.B. Final versions of all information required MUST be

submitted no later than 15th February 2019.

Failure to submit all of the above by the due dates

may risk disqualification from the event