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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South Hill Park Arts Centre goes global

July 24, 2019

South Hill Park Arts Centre goes global

Established in 1973, Bracknell’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ – the South Hill Park Arts Centre – is incredibly proud to serve its local community – providing full-scale educational facilities for around 24 LAMDA students and nurturing the talents of at least 2,000 part-timers of all ages, each year.  A non-stop annual entertainment programme of around 120 theatre productions in its own Wilde Theatre has meant that more people have visited the Centre in the 2018/19 year to date than ever before.

South Hill Park aims to deliver five of its own highly popular productions annually, which this year have included the smash-hit show Disney High School Musical, its own renowned in-house production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and an atmospheric but family-orientated Summer holidays rendering of Grimm Tales, the spellbinding adaptation of several of the Grimm Brothers’ best known tales such as Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.  The Centre’s Christmas Pantomime always attracts huge family audiences – with tickets for the Aladdin magical carpet ride already on sale.

We firmly believe the arts have the ability to bring communities together and cultivate cohesion says Mark Hooper, Head of Learning and Participation at South Hill Park. We are now in the position to be able to transverse borders, and in doing so, can bring together different cultures and nationalities – to achieve something special and inspirational.

Into Europe a timely partnership

“Looking to the future, we have recently formed two important and ongoing creative relationships” continues Mark.  “These are enabling South Hill Park to work with international partners for mutual benefit. Firstly, we have teamed up with the London-based Icarus Theatre Collective to give nine of our young students the chance to travel to France and Italy in order to explore the notion of what it means to be European; a particularly pertinent question at this time.  The lucky participants will meet with European counterparts to respond artistically to questions set, share ideas, create theatre and develop new international relationships.  South Hill Park will host the UK leg of the trip in one month and we are looking forward to meeting all of the young people participating in this once-in-a- lifetime experience.”

African friendships

South Hill Park has also developed a relationship with Rubies International College, a school based in Lagos, Nigeria.  In April, a group of six teenage students from the school travelled to the UK to take part in High School Musical, with great success.  “We have been working hard over the last few months to build on this achievement” continues Mark, “And can now confirm that a further group of nine students will be joining us for our Summer School adventure.

Far Eastern associations

As well as these relationships, we are also proud of two of our associate companies Hit The Mark Theatre and Blackeyed Theatre who toured China over the month of June. Hit The Mark Theatre toured a production of their award winning family musical ‘AnimAlphabet’ across Southern China directed and co-produced by their very own Associate Director Mark Hooper. Meanwhile, Adrian McDougall’s Blackeyed Theatre spent one month touring Beijing to Changzhou with Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four.

We are proud to have supported both Hit The Mark Theatre and Blackeyed Theatre as associate companies of our venue.

“Working on an international stage, we are now garnering a reputation globally, with partners and arts establishments across the globe recognising the quality and rich educational and artistic facilities and support provided by South Hill Park” says Mark Hooper.  “These co-operative activities also add richness and diversity to our local community – as cultures, languages and artists come together to create and share unique work.”

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