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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...

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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From Ballet to the Army … and back again

December 10, 2018

The secret life of soldiers:
Rosie Kay announces a fresh look at The British Army and the inspired casting of a current soldier as one of the squaddies.

The 2019 cast for Rosie Kay’s 5 SOLDIERS, (Tue 12 Feb, Wilde Theatre, 7.45pm) will feature current soldier Trooper Alex Smith of the Welsh Cavalry, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards.

Just before he graduated as a professional ballet dancer at Northern Ballet, Alex decided to join the Army, a move influenced by stable employment prospects. Some years later, 5 SOLDIERS inspired him to renew his interest in dancing. His recent audition won his place as an incredible performer who brings his own personal knowledge of the preparation and commitment of being a soldier.

Alex is being seconded by The Army whose previous support of 5 SOLDIERS provided official endorsement of the show as an authentic and insightful representation of the challenging experiences soldiers go through.

Alex Smith says:

I’ve been a soldier in The Army for two and a bit years, and saw Rosie Kay Dance Company’s live stream of 5 SOLDIERS last year… When I first joined The Army I didn’t tell anyone I was a dancer but now they all know me, I’ve never had more support…There are a lot of stereotypes around who can be a dancer and who dance is for, but I think 5 SOLDIERS presents a strong case that actually anyone can enjoy dance.”

Ten years on from the initial research that developed into Rosie Kay’s best known and highly regarded show 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline, Kay tours 5 SOLDIERS with performances in Europe and the USA. As a decade-long project that has pioneered artistic field-research and taken contemporary dance out of traditional arts venues, Kay pushes one step further by casting current soldier Trooper Alex Smith to dance in 2019’s shows.

Experience multi-award winning choreographer, Rosie Kay’s five-star work 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Front Line (Tue 12 Feb 2019, 7.45pm). As choreographer of the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony, Rosie Kay’s thrilling production offers no moral stance on war, and instead questions what it is we ask of our soldiers and touches people with a deeper understanding through her portrayal of the life of a soldier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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