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

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Bracknell resident completes 500km run for South Hill Park Trust appeal

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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

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Calling all 8-18yr olds to audition for this year’s Pantomime, Cinderella (2021)

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South Hill Park receives second lifeline grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

South Hill Park Arts Centre and Wilde Theatre in Bracknell is delighted to have received a grant of £112, 814 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. We are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from...

STAR 1000 – South Hill Park’s Christmas Wish

South Hill Park would like to share a huge thank you to everyone who has generously donated to our recent major fundraising campaign, including the first 100 monthly donors. The campaign was launched in June due to the impact of Covid-19 and has already raised over...



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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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