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Associate & Resident Companies of South Hill Park

South Hill Park Arts Centre prides itself on nurturing upcoming artists and companies. Currently it has six associate companies in drama and dance. And one resident dance company. You can find out more about them on this page.

Associate Companies

80Collective

80Collective

80collective was formed in January 2014 by professional dancers Luke Brown and Samuel Cook with the intention of bringing together a group of like minded artists interested in creating dance based work. The vision has been to provide a firm foundation for emerging choreographers to experiment with dancers in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment and to allow time to explore and create new ways of working. The collective firmly believe that sharing of knowledge and expertise cross art form is crucial for growth and understanding. It allows for new relationships to be made and in turn generates a support network where artists can pull upon external skills where needs be.

In May 2014 80collective presented their debut triple bill titled Humanity which featured new works 11:11, Second Self and Adolescent Anxiety from choreographers Luke Brown and Samuel Cook. Following the success of Humanity, 80collective will be hosting Pitch. This is a brand new choreographic platform for emerging dance artists to present work. Pitch. has been created by collective member Ashley Hind alongside Ellie James, 80collective and Lift Off Dance Festival. The first event will take place as part of Lift Off Dance Festival on the 29th April 2015. Luke Brown will be making a curtain raiser for Pitch. which will feature a collaboration between Berkshire County Dance Company Youth and local school Brackenhale.

Many of the dancers have a history of training and performance at South Hill Park and are happy to be able to engage with the Arts Centre on a permanent basis.

Read a review of 80Collective’s .Pitch 2015 at South Hill Park.

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Theatre Re

Established in 2009, Theatre Re is an international ensemble creating direct, vibrant and emotional work on the edge of mime and theatre.

Mime because corporeal mime is at the base of all our creative work and Theatre Re is fascinated by the idea of making “visible the invisible”. Theatre because they are telling stories.

The company has toured work in France (Avignon Off Festival, Lyon, Paris), Ireland (Dublin Fringe Festival) and the UK (Edinburgh, London).

Theatre Re has received support from Arts Council England, Arts Council Ireland, the French Institute in London, the city of Paris, the city of Lyon and Haringey Council (North London) to create international projects.

The company is currently based in London and since 2014 is an associate company of South Hill Park Arts Centre.

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Scene Productions

Scene Productions is a physical theatre company based in Wokingham and founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Katharine Hurst and Kelly Taylor-Smith. The company creates vibrant, fast-paced and immersive adaptations of classical texts as well as their own devised work. Their unique physical style combines mask, puppetry, movement, sound, text and tightly choreographed movement sequences.

The company became the associate company of Redbridge Drama Centre in 2010 and the associate company of South Hill Park in 2013. They have worked extensively in over 400 schools, arts centres and theatres throughout the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

Among their achievements, in 2009 they performed a three week run of The Other Side, a devised physical theatre piece based on true stories from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, at The Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Fringe, in collaboration with company Gavin Robertson.

Their work includes a strong focus on learning and the company lead a variety of workshops offering students and adults the chance to re-discover theatre in fresh, bold and imaginative ways. The company also offer work experience to students and participate in workshops with other theatre companies to continually learn and progress themselves.

The company worked with South Hill Park on a community production of Oh! What A Lovely War, in association with Bracknell Forest Council, in summer 2014.

Squint Theatre Company

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Squint/skwint: verb, to incline or have a tendency toward a given direction.

Founded in 2009, Squint create bold, ensemble-driven theatre with a contemporaneous flavour. Lead by Artistic Director Andrew Whyment, Squint unite the most auspicious theatrical talent with a rich and relevant artistic programme. Squint’s trademark cocktail of truthful drama, live music and panoramic ensemble work creates a fresh, energetic and wholly relevant theatrical experience.

Squint create exhilarating and provocative new stories. Squint’s theatre asks questions of the world we live in through storytelling that is visual, visceral and ensemble-driven.

In 2011, Squint premiered A Festival Guide at Park Life Festival, South Hill Park, a devised, musical, outdoor piece about the battle of the music genres at British music festivals. 2011 also saw Squint revive their acclaimed production of Simon Stephen’s Bluebird for a UK tour, which included South Hill Park, The Courtyard Theatre and a sell-out run at the Bedlam Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Squint kick-started 2012 by launching its unique, new writing event, Scratchbook, with the first instalment, Scratchbook: Love Thy Neighbour, playing to a full house at The Cockpit. In April, Squint will stage its first full-length new piece, Broken News, at the New Wimbledon Studio, followed by a tour in the south of England. This year will also see the return of A Festival Guide for the summer festival season.

As an associate company at South Hill Park, Squint are looking to develop new work in a professional environment, reach new audiences and develop their relationships with other regional venues. Squint also offer a broad range of workshops for children of aged five to 18 years that focus on both the practice of theatre making and educating through theatre. With the support of South Hill Park, Squint hope to be able to programme workshops at local schools in connection with their performances.

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HookHitch Theatre

HookHitch Theatre became an associate company of South Hill Park in March 2015.

HookHitch Theatre’s mission is to create work that allows audiences to discover something new, or to be reminded of something forgotten. The company’s style is rooted in the traditions of storytelling and folk music and often draws inspiration from literature, poetry and folklore.

HookHitch Theatre was founded in 2012 by Artistic Directors Casey Jay Andrews and Laura Trundle. The company’s music infused storytelling style secured their position as “Edinburgh Fringe Festival Favourites” (The Stage) and they continue to create original work for Edinburgh and beyond. Casey Jay Andrews is a Writer and Actor, and Laura Trundle an Actor and Composer; together they develop HookHitch’s new writing and music, keeping the aim to be accessible and inclusive at the company’s core (we firmly believe that art is for everyone!). HookHitch also have a crack team of collaborators who bring invaluable ingredients to the projects they work on with the company: Dominic Sewell (Composer), Nathan Foad (Writer), Steve McCourt (Director), Leonie Marzecki (Director), George Jennings (Composer), Laura Hannawin (founding member).

Notable work includes five star sell-out folk musical “This was the World and I was King” ***** (ThreeWeeks) ***** (The Saint) and award winning short film “Session Squared” (The 2013 London 48 Hour Film Project: Audience Award).

Web: www.hookhitch.co.uk

Twitter: @HookHitch

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HookHitch

London Contemporary Theatre

London Contemporary Theatre

London Contemporary Theatre are committed to creating exciting, fast-paced Theatre and Radio Theatre. Using live original music, they strive to bring classical theatre to a contemporary audience.

London Contemporary Theatre Ltd was established in 2012 by Philip Ryder & Jonathan Ashby-Rock as a not for profit organisation, and became an associate company of South Hill Park in 2014. London Contemporary produce radio and theatre drama to cater for a wide genre of ages and tastes and produce a lot of their work in aid of charities and Performing Arts trust funds.

Resident Companies

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Blackeyed Theatre Company

Blackeyed Theatre Company was established in 2004 to create exciting opportunities for artists and audiences alike. It has been an associate company of South Hill Park Arts Centre since 2009.

Blackeyed’s theatre is challenging yet accessible for both new and established audiences. It asks questions and invites reaction. It provokes only as live performance can. They believe in making theatre memorable and thought-provoking without sacrificing enjoyment. It’s about telling a story in a way that absorbs and moves its audience.

Since 2004 Blackeyed Theatre has embarked on twelve national UK tours, including in 2008 the world premiere of Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus. Its first new writing project resulted in a three-week London run of The Beekeeper in 2012, which was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards, including Best New Play. In 2009, Blackeyed Theatre became an associate company of South Hill Park Arts Centre.

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Berkshire County Dance Company Youth (BCDCY)

Berkshire County Dance Company Youth (BCDCY) (www.bcdcy.org.uk) is an auditioned group of dancers aged 13-21 from in and around the county. The company was formed in Spring 2011 to provide opportunity for talented young dancers to make the transition from school to vocational dance training. They work with a range of dance professionals and have the opportunity to train with and perform alongside professional dance companies. Although they study a range of dance styles, the main discipline is contemporary dance.

Based at South Hill Park, the company meet on Sundays during term times and hold half term residencies in the Autumn and Spring term to have new works created on them by dance artists who will be performing at South Hill Park. The company strive to support and develop each dancer’s strengths whether it be as choreographer, performer, group organiser or spokesperson and will undertake recognition for these achievements through the Arts Award scheme.

Previous Associate Companies

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The Original Theatre Company

Now in its tenth year, The Original Theatre Company was founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing high quality touring theatre to the length and breadth of The British Isles.

The company has always trod a line between tradition and innovation forged in the mould of the great actor-manager companies of old and inspired by the barnstorming theatre troupes who took big plays to eccentric places. They work hard and play harder.

Original’s inaugural production in 2005 of Twelfth Night played over 20 venues indoors and outdoors ranging from The Lyric Hammersmith to a Welsh Cliff Top in St. Davids to the Edinburgh Festival.

The next three years were spent touring Shakespeare to a range of outdoor venues, The Taming of the Shrew in 2006 set at the end of the second world war and told by a group of ENSA entertainers got audiences swinging with a live jazz band before actor/director Knight Mantell helmed the 2007 summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

2008 saw the company become an associate company at South Hill Park Arts Centre where they collaborated to stage Joe Calarco’s acclaimed adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s R&J. Starting it’s life outdoors, the production had a three week run on the main stage at The Southwark Playhouse before setting off on national tour around the country.

The company aims have not changed in its ten years touring the country, it does its best to work with brilliant people on brilliant plays, telling stories that they hope will excite, entertain and provoke. In an era of funding cuts and recession, Original Theatre has defied all the odds not just to survive but somehow to thrive.

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Icarus Theatre Collective

Icarus is unique as a mid-scale theatre company in that it functions as a collective.

A team of artists and managers run the company under the artistic direction of company founder Max Lewendel. Many team members collaborate on varied tasks and responsibilities, broadening their skill sets with each project they work on. In this way artists and managers can learn many skills simultaneously and the company maintains a clear, strong artistic vision.

Each artist can also pitch their own major project. This can be a play, a tour, a major education project, a devised piece, virtually anything which develops our Artistic Policy and is approved by the Collective. Such projects are supported by a team made up of the other artists and managers in the Collective, with clearly defined roles for each project.

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Jean Abreu Dance

Jean Abreu (Choreographer/Performer). Born in Brazil, Jean choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for London Dance Umbrella, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre.

His work in theatre includes choreography for the Young Vic’s Amazonia and The Red Room’s Oikos and Protozoa productions. He also collaborated with the Mavron String Quartet to create Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Jean has been an Associate Artist at The Place, Swindon Dance, South Hill Park and the Hat Factory and an Artist-in-Residence at Dance East.

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James Wilton Dance

Cornwall born and raised, James began his choreographic career whilst a student at London Contemporary Dance School. Graduating in 2010, James was commissioned to re-work his seminal show, Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010 – 2014. Since then, he has toured nationally and internationally, receiving many commissions, awards and recognition for his distinctive style.