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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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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