Youth and Adult Programmes

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Youth and Adult Programmes

Creative Learning for all ages at South Hill Park

What is Creative Learning?

Creative Learning at South Hill Park encompasses a number of genres (including music, dance and drama) and serves people of all ages (from 6 to 106).

As part of our commitment to providing creative resources for the communities we serve we:

  • Provide a full programme of courses and workshops in music, dance and drama for all ages
  • Offer educational and creative programmes for young people
  • Work with the Local Authority and Youth Services to provide provision for vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young people

Wilde About Arts

Mondays 4pm – 6pm – FREE – 11-17 years

This class is for young people who are in care, young carers or considered vulnerable or at risk.

Wilde About Arts is an exciting and creative class exploring film, photography and visual arts on a termly basis with two knowledgeable, friendly and understanding tutors.

Each term, the class will work together on a project, culminating in a showcase, be it an animated film, a large scale sculpture/installation, a photography exhibition….the possibilities are endless.

Team work, togetherness, creativity and expression will be at the heart of this fantastic class.

Eleven Ninteen

A Youth Club for Creative People Age 11-19
Fridays 7pm – 9pm – £1 per week – 11-19 years

Be a part of something unique.  Eleven Nineteen is South Hill Park’s youth club for creative people ages 11 to 19.  Each week, you can take part in a workshop led by an industry professional; acting, film-making, spray painting, street dance, stage combat, circus skills and singing are just some examples of what you might get to take part in at Eleven Nineteen.

We meet on Fridays during term time in the dance studio between 7pm and 9pm.  Come to as many sessions as you like, there is no need to book in advance…

… just come and GIVE IT GO!

It is great for us as parents to know that there is a group for teenagers that encourages them to participate in new activities.
Parent, Eleven Nineteen
In 2013, 196 unique young people attended Eleven Nineteen (average weekly class size of 38); 45% of our students are considered to be ‘at risk’ or vulnerable.

Eleven Nineteen is completely reliant on funding. We work hard to keep costs down in order to make our funding go further but even so Eleven Nineteen costs South Hill Park £1,000 per month to run.

If you would like to sponsor Eleven Nineteen and help us keep this fantastic group running, please contact Mark Hooper on mark.hooper@nullsouthhillpark.org.uk

Youth Theatre & Actors Lab

South Hill Park runs Youth Theatre classes for young people aged 5-25 years.

Our Youth Theatre has been developed to support young peoples’ artistic endeavours from infancy into adult life. We take it very seriously because we know how important these formative years are for artistic development.

Our students work in a professional theatre space, with professional directors, producers, actors and technicians. There really is no other youth theatre quite like it! Indeed, many of our students return to us after university or drama school to continue their professional development.

Our students put on at least one performance a year in our Wilde Theatre. Previous shows include:
The Importance of Being Ernest, Revolting Rhymes, The Bald Primma Donna, Russian Doll/Off The Grid, New Soul, Birthday Parties and Tribes. Our Youth Theatre have also taken their performances to venues in Kingston Prague and Dubrovnik.

Classes:

Wilde Wannabies
Ages 5-11

Wilde Ways
Ages 11-16

Wilde Company
Ages 16-25

Actors Lab

SHP Actors Lab will focus on acting skills, technique and form with the aim of equipping students with skills that they can take on to drama school or professional work.

For more information or to book please see our Courses Page.

Missed Out

Missed Out is South Hill Park’s group of young producers, aged between 14-25 years. They meet every Monday to plan and devise arts activities and provision for other young people in the local area. Their aim is to allow better access and representation within the arts at South Hill Park. As a young producers forum they want to be heard and involved in the decision making process and are always trying to find new ways of allowing this to continue.

Previous events have included: gig nights, Shakespeare Festivals, comedy nights, musical fundraisers, Children’s festivals and much more!

So if you’re a young person who has a passion for the arts and are looking for more ways of getting involved why not come to our next Missed Out event. Or better yet why not become a member!

Easter & Summer Schools

Every year South Hill Park’s Creative Learning Department run Easter and Summer Schools during the school holidays.

These one and two week courses are aimed at children aged from 6-19 who are interested in drama and dance. In the summer there are also opportunities for young people interested in the technical or musical side of the productions.

The young performers involved in Easter school spend a week rehearsing their socks off before taking to our main Wilde Theatre stage to perform alongside an adult cast in our professional production for the paying public.

In the summer our young students act, sing and dance their way through an action packed course before putting on their very own show for their families and the public.

Pssst, parents this is the perfect alternative to regular childcare at a fraction of the price! The rehearsal week of Easter School costs just £35 a day, that’s a bargain £4.38 an hour. And children are looked after by qualified and fully CRB checked staff.

No experience is necessary to take part in these school holiday courses, just bags of enthusiasm! And each youngster gets the chance to perform in front of the public. This is also a great opportunity to learn from a professional director and creative team.

Contact Mark Hooper for more information re Easter and Summer Schools.

We can’t thank you enough for the superb work you do each year with Summer School… It amazes me that you are able to get so much from the young people in such a short time! I am also delighted with the quality of the learning you give, the scripts, the story line, the music, stage fighting, fabulous
set design, makeup and costume. The girls have done a few other drama-based holiday activities over the years, but nothing is a patch on SHP and that is the reason we come back every year. I love watching their confidence blossom. You are quite simply, a superb bunch of talented, patient individuals and you lead by example.
Lorna D'Arcy, 2014
My daughter attended the Easter School production of “Little Danny” and had such a wonderful two weeks. The staff make the children feel very welcome and encourage each and every child in a fun and inspiring way. The final production was absolutely brilliant. The children learnt so much in these 2 weeks from singing lessons to acting skills as well as team work. My daughter cannot wait for the Summer School to start. Thank you SHP.
Suzanne, 2015

Outreach

Working in collaboration with Bracknell Forest Youth Services and other partners, South Hill Park deliver arts programmes to the wider community. Recent projects include a Thursday night youth group and a duplicate Eleven Nineteen session at The Spot in Sandhurst.

Find SHP Youth Services and Clubs on Xpresionz.co.uk

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