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,...

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...



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60 Second Interviews: Lin Blakley

November 14, 2017

Star of EastEnders and with lots of exciting projects on the way, Lin Blakley remembers the start of her career at South Hill Park Arts Centre.

When did you start your career with South Hill Park?
I started with the community company in the late 80’s. Then I worked as an actress and director in many productions.

What did you like about South Hill Park? 
As soon as I walked into South Hill Park I fell in love. Not just the buzz but the lovely people there. I’ve met so many friends, who are still my friends today. Beautiful food, too!

What do you like about working in theatre?
Working in theatre is my first love really. And very important. And as an actress that is the base you need, to help you through anything. You have to be disciplined! Although you don’t get rehearsal time and the pace is so fast. I loved working on EastEnders and it has been a huge learning curve for me, working with a wonderful cast, crew and supporting cast. Again you have to be disciplined as you work so much on your scenes at home or in your dressing room.

What was your favourite moment on EastEnders?
Oh gosh, there have been so many favourite moments. But I think the very first scene I did with Roger Sloman (Les) will be the most memorable.

What have you got in the pipeline?
Although I’ve been popping back to EastEnders. I’ve done two pilots recently: one a comedy for sky named Once Loved and the second a children’s TV film based on the books by Lauren St. John The Laura Marlin Mysteries. I hope they get commissioned as they are both wonderful projects. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some theatre soon.

Should we be expecting a visit, soon?
I hope I get back to South Hill Park soon! I am really hoping that we will get the rights to Dinner Ladies by Victoria Wood, as I would so love to direct that. I would really love to direct a musical… Perhaps one day! Carousel, maybe?


N.B: Some text has been edited for clarity.

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