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...

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,...



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The Tempest – Blog 3!

July 1, 2016

the tempest

We have been very busy here with rehearsals for The Tempest – even the weather has joined in!

Today we hear from actor Millija Laszkiewicz who plays Ariel:

“Thank you for auditioning. I’d love you to play one of our Ariels.” Plural?

From the moment of receiving this email, my level of intrigue about this whole production steadily increased. Eight people playing the different personalities of one character is an approach that I hadn’t come across in my English Literature classes, but one that, as the first rehearsals came and went, proved itself to be hugely effective.

Ariel is a non-human, ethereal being, who is under the command of Prospero who once freed her from the clutches of a witch, and who is torn between her devotion to her (does Ariel have a gender?) master, and her desire to be set free, although it is not certain that Ariel truly knows what freedom really means. These contrasting emotions give a complicated, but hugely interesting depth to the character, and allow those of us portraying her to test our levels of emotional fickleness, whilst remaining in control of our magical powers.

One of Ariel’s great assets, although slightly tricky to show onstage, is also her ability to become invisible. This gives us as actors the flexibility of being able to be onstage throughout the whole performance, working our magic, and allowing Prospero to work vicariously through us.

(Did Shakespeare intend for this multi-dimensional character with multiple personalities and motives? Nobody knows. And that’s the beauty of the room he has given us for interpretation!)

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