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...

Excellent results for South Hill Park’s LAMDA students

Eleven learners took their LAMDA exams at South Hill Park this summer under the tuition of Mark Hooper (Director of Learning, Participation and Community Engagement). The learners (10 Grade 8 & 1 Grade 1) had their exams cancelled at the start of the pandemic and...

Bracknell resident completes 500km run for South Hill Park Trust appeal

On 12 June 2020 Bracknell Forest resident David Baker pledged to run 500km in aid of South Hill Park Trust’s major public fundraising campaign following the potentially devastating impact of Covid-19. On Saturday 12 June 2021 David will complete this mammoth feet at...

An acting debut in Rope 2021

Gordon Vince, who will make his acting debut in the Studio Theatre Company’s 50th show celebration performance of Rope from Wed 23 – Sun 26 June, has shared with us what made him want to audition, what audiences can look forward to, and some behind the scenes...

Live events return to the Wilde

‘The social distancing at this was amazing; lines and rows of seats physically removed to keep all groups apart with a fantastic one-way system and oodles of sanitiser everywhere. It was lovely to support a local production and the cast were insanely good.’ – Louise,...

Calling all 8-18yr olds to audition for this year’s Pantomime, Cinderella (2021)

Panto Auditions – Junior Ensemble Want to be in panto? Oh yes, you do! Audition for South HiIl Park’s in-house pantomime production this Christmas Cinderella (Fri 26 Nov 2021 – Mon 3 Jan 2022). We are looking for 30 young performers who can dance, sing and act to form...

South Hill Park receives second lifeline grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

South Hill Park Arts Centre and Wilde Theatre in Bracknell is delighted to have received a grant of £112, 814 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. We are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from...

STAR 1000 – South Hill Park’s Christmas Wish

South Hill Park would like to share a huge thank you to everyone who has generously donated to our recent major fundraising campaign, including the first 100 monthly donors. The campaign was launched in June due to the impact of Covid-19 and has already raised over...



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Bums on Seats Blog – Final Preparations:

July 10, 2015

Final preparations are now underway for the Summer Nights Festival. On Tuesday the venue will be constructed and we can rehearse in the space. The weather looks good (fingers crossed) and props and costumes are being discussed and collated.


This year we are performing in a pop up theatre. Which does what it says on the tin, pops up for a few weeks and then disappears. This one is themed as a mini Globe theatre, like Shakespeare’s famous venue in London. It has to be versatile. There are two very different shows using the space. There are entrances and exits for the actors but the whole space is used as a performance arena. There are benches for audience members and you are are invited to bring cushions (some bring folding chairs). You enter through a main gate, SHP stewards check tickets just like they would for any event and once all the audience are in the show begins.


Over the years I’ve been involved with many out door productions at South Hill Park. Favourite moments include characters hiding in bushes for House and Garden, Romeo and Juliet performing in a candle lit maze, a hundred fairies singing Queen snippets in a rock version of The Dream and of course the cued fountain to recreate the famous whale Moby Dick for the 40th birthday party.


What is it that makes us Brits do these things? I think we must all get over excited by the sun! If you spend some time at South Hill Park over the summer you will understand why. It is a brilliant, creative place. Families can enjoy quality activities at reasonable prices, you can see events that make you laugh, think and cry (sometimes all at once!). You can enjoy the beautiful grounds and you can talk with like minded people. If you are new to the area or you’ve never been to the art centre before make this summer the first of many! Check out the brochure for more information on the Summer Nights festival. The shows are called “History of Everything (almost)” and “Bums on Seats” both are absolutely hilarious. See you there!


Bart Lee Director Summer Nights


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