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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Dementia Action Week 2018

May 8, 2018

The Dementia Friendly Screenings Team

South Hill Park is highlighting its dementia-friendly screenings and relaxed performances in May to mark Dementia Action Week 2018 (21 – 27 May).

For over a year, South Hill Park has been working with Bracknell Film Society to provide monthly dementia-friendly cinema screenings in its intimate, 60-seat cinema. Volunteers and attendees share their thoughts about what it means to them to be able to attend these performances:

“Superb experience; brought back lovely memories of courting at the pictures.”

“The freedom to sing and swing was wonderful.”

“It brought back memories of childhood and music – I hadn’t realised these musicals were such an influence on me.”

“It is wonderful you are putting these on – you have the films just right and we really appreciate the opportunity to get out and have a tea / coffee afterwards.”

South Hill Park’s dedicated volunteer team at the Dementia Forum 2018

“At the very first event for Dementia Friendly films I found myself so moved that it was hard not to lose my composure. After all, I was the fire steward so needed to stay on duty! The film was Blue Hawaii and Elvis started singing “Can’t help falling in love”. I heard a gradual swelling sound of the audience joining in. I found out later that for one woman living with dementia and her two daughters who had brought her to the film, it was their dad and mom’s courting song. For them it was an invaluable experience to be with their mom in this film. For others there were their own memories and I was reminded of the importance of music for people living with dementia. It was a wonderful experience for me as a volunteer.”  – Diane

“Organising and volunteering at the dementia-friendly film screenings has been something of a voyage of discovery for me. Previously, I’d had no contact with anyone living with dementia, and I have learned much about the condition. This includes how important it is to provide enjoyable experiences, the pleasure from which will stay with the person with dementia for some time. It has been a privilege to get to know the audience of those with dementia and their carers and a joy to welcome back regulars.” – Julia

A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time to these screenings, to our attendees and their carers for coming to and enjoying these screenings.

South Hill Park also endeavours to make our productions as welcoming and accessible as possible, and so our relaxed performances are intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, people living with dementia, parents with very young children on their first outing to the theatre, and anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.

Our relaxed performances will continue into 2018, with performances available in The Jungle Book, Robin Hood – A Musical Celebration, Private Peaceful and Dick Whittington and his Cat.

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