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 4!

July 1, 2016

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Do you sometimes wonder what actors go through to prepare for a role, especially one that is not human?

Actor Simon Shaw, who plays Caliban in our interpretation of The Tempest, gives us some insight:

I am Caliban, son of the great Sycorax and the powerful god Setobos. Once servant of (spits) Prospero.

Recently I have been introduced to a new master who is kinder and associates himself with a different kind of witchcraft and sorcery, he calls it “Story telling”. In a small box-like room I am summoned to re-enact the events that took part on the magical isle.

The hardest thing being a creature of my kind is that my body is not the same as humans, so finding creative ways for my body to move has been interesting.

It has also been hard to talk due to the fact that I ripped a section of my mouth off. It has made it difficult to find my voice and let my mouth give flight to the words of a man they call Shakespeare…I so do hope I please him.

The role of monster is an enjoyable one; I can image objects, living beasts and strange stuff by looking at my hands. I can make myself magical and childlike then have the ability to scare and disgust at the blink of an eye.

I have enjoyed this journey so far with these performers as I have no oppression and I, Caliban, can be free.

The performers are true and faithful to the characters I have told them about; and I must confess I am happy when around them…we have become a community of oddities. My master is a patient one, who pushes us to do our best without the use of evil magic. I look forward to the tale being told.

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