Interview with Blackeyed Theatre’s Adrian McDougall on Frankenstein

Associate Theatre Company Blackeyed Theatre bring a revival of their 'masterfully constructed' (The Stage) production of Frankenstein to the Wilde Theatre from Thu 27 - Sat 29 Jan. We had a chat with  Artistic Director Adrian McDougall to find out more about this...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

Directed by Sophie Earle Come and audition for the Studio Theatre Company's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Tue 15 & Wed 16 Feb from 6.30pm. Call backs are on Thu 17 Feb. Auditions will be in individual time slots. Please contact...

South Hill Park Ambassadors

We were thrilled to host our first South Hill Park ambassador meeting on Mon 6 Dec. The scheme was launched to encourage better community engagement with South Hill Park Arts Centre and help us as a charity to learn from community representatives about how we can...

Mayoral visit of current art exhibitions at South Hill Park

We were delighted to host Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr Annie Baughan, and the Mayor of Bracknell Forest Cllr Ash Merry to meet for a coffee and to enjoy Jan Gaska’s solo exhibition Returning with a New Approach at the Atrium and Balcony Gallery. Gaska was a Printmaker...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s production of Salome by Oscar Wilde

Come audition for the Studio Theatre Company's production of Salome by Oscar Wilde, directed by Phil Tomlin, on Tue 7 & Wed 8 Dec at 7.30pm. There is nothing to prepare but audition pieces and character info are available on request. Script available on request....

Interview with SESSIONS Set and Costume Designer

Ahead of Paines Plough’s latest touring show SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick coming to South Hill Park on Wed 27 Oct, the company took a few moments to speak with the show’s designer, Anna Reid, to find out about her work, what it takes to create the look of a Paines...

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Fri 8 Oct Join us for a walk or tai-chi session in South Hill Park's beautiful grounds, Bracknell. Tai Chi: 11am-12noon Walk: 12.30-13.15pm Join us for an optional tea or coffee, cake and a chat to find out more about local mental health...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s next production Road

Come audition for the Studio Theatre Company's next production Road, by Jim Cartwright on Mon 27 Sept 7.30pm, and Fri 1 Oct 7.30pm. They will be group auditions, nothing to prepare. The company are looking for 7 actors most of whom will multi role. The performance...

Shrek 2022 Auditions

We are excited to share that our 2022 Easter Production will be Shrek The Musical - coming to the Wilde Theatre in April 2022! If you would like to be part of the greatest fairy tale never told, that's guaranteed family fun, then book your audition here. Auditions...

RARE Productions Hairspray Auditions

Visiting company RARE Productions will hold open auditions for their production of Hairspray at South Hill Park from Thu 3 - Sat 5 Feb 2022. Auditions will take place at South Hill Park on Tue 5 & Sat 9 Oct and are open for anyone aged 8-21yrs. Audition event...



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Bums on Seats Blog – Directing:

July 6, 2015


It’s a pleasure to work on this brilliant play. Written by Michael Snelgrove “Bums” is, as the title suggests, a hilarious take on everyday life working in the theatre.

The “Usherettes” (resting actors) are our guides throughout the evening. They prep the auditorium, introduce us to the theatre folk and tell jokes to keep us laughing the whole night long. Will the actors remember their lines? Will the local Councillors continue to fund the arts in the borough? Will the millionaire theatre sponsor approve of his vegan vol-au-vents?


It’s a great, funny play. Perfect for a summer night, a picnic and a glass of plonk.


Rehearsals are under way. Today we choreographed the entrance of the Mormons and discussed whether the Rabbit really is trying to commit suicide. You know, the usual.




In the coming weeks the outdoor pop up theatre will be constructed in the grounds of South Hill Park. “Bums” is sharing the space with a show called the “History of Everything” in which professional comedian Ben Watson is guiding performing arts community groups through a modern day Magna Carta, celebrating need for free speech and tap dancing.


It’s Sunday night and I’m making a list of things we must remember to do before we open at the end of July. A directors work is never done it seems. That is not until the opening night and by then it’s far too late!


  • Check the schedule.
  • Contact the group leaders.
  • Keep Ron McAllister (CEO) in the loop.
  • Organise a production meeting.
  • Write the marketing blog.
  • Print the posters.
  • Set the rooms up for rehearsal.
  • Direct the play.

**Must remember to direct the play.


I wonder if we’ll pull off this one? Well at least we don’t need a whale to spout on cue like we did for Moby Dick in 2013 to celebrate SHP’s 40th birthday. “Nah! That’ll never happen” they said . . .


Anything is possible.


Do please come along and enjoy the shows. Tell your friends and family to come along too. We have a brilliant arts centre in Bracknell, time to shout about it and show your support!

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