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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The Tempest Blog – Post 1!

May 24, 2016

The Summer season is well and truly upon us, and we have a in-house Shakespearean treat ahead! The Tempest will be set in the leafy surrounds of our Amphitheatre. We have some super exciting blog posts written by the very talented Director Bart Lee. Here’s post numero uno!


the tempest


The thing about the Bard is that whichever play you tackle at whatever age different themes, characters, emotions and understandings leap from the page. When these words are brought to life by actors they surprise you even further. As we recently saw on TV Tim Minchin, Prince Charles and other celebrities celebrated the famous line “To be or not to be, that is the question” by stressing different words to suggest different meanings. Each variation worked. Academics debate choices as Actors bring life to the words. The opportunity for creative choices are endless and so is the fun. 

In the Tempest we meet Prospero, the usurped duke of Milan. Many say that Shakespeare saw himself in Prospero and that when the character breaks his magic books and staff if it is actually Shakespeare saying goodbye to the magical world of the theatre. The Tempest is one of his last works. Prospero quotes the famous line “We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep” and yet Prospero plots to regain his dukedom and teach his cowardly brother a lesson in humility. I think Shakespeare/Prospero still hungers for justice through bouts of enlightenment granted him by his study of magic. He is at the top of his game.

The play is cast and rehearsals have begun. A fabulous giggle of actors are bringing the words to life once again. Our creative choice is to entertain with heart and soul. 

If you love Shakespeare you must join us in the amphitheatre at South Hill Park, the creative heart of Berkshire, July 19-23. Click this link for details

Best Bart


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