Recycling Incentive Scheme Offers

South Hill Park's Recycling Incentive Scheme Offers We are delighted to support Bracknell Forest Recycling Incentive Scheme by offering reduced pricing using your points. Cinema ticket offer - Recycling Incentive Scheme members receive South Hill Park members price on...

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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Interview with Blackeyed Theatre’s Adrian McDougall on Frankenstein

January 11, 2022

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 exciting and thrilling production.

How do you approach bringing such a well-known piece of literature to the stage?

As Eliot, our director, would say, ‘with great care’. Some people will have read the novel. Many more will have seen a TV or movie version, so inevitably audiences have their own ideas of how the story should be told and, in particular, how the Creature should be portrayed. So we’re careful to anchor everything we do in the source material. The greatest challenge – apart from the Creature of course – is how to put such an epic, sprawling tale on stage. It’s a story that spans decades and continents. Packing it into 2 hours of theatre is a huge challenge, but one that lends itself to the pure theatrical storytelling we’ve become known for!

What’s different about this production of Frankenstein compared to others audiences may have seen?

The Creature. Yvonne Stone, who’s worked on War Horse, created an astonishing 6’ 4” Bunraku puppet, which is – rather aptly – brought to life by the actors. It’s a concept we felt lent itself perfectly to the idea of breathing life into something inanimate, which is what Frankenstein does in the story of course. Our challenge is to make audiences ‘care’ for the Creature. We have an incredibly talented group of actors who are also very skilled puppeteers, and it’s amazing to see them breathe life into the puppet.

Who is your favourite character and why?

I’m not sure I have a favourite character. But in terms of the play, I have a favourite moment. The first time the Creature is brought to life (sorry, bit of a spoiler) is wonderful and for me what theatre is all about.

What can audiences look forward to in this production?

Where do I start… It’s a universal story that has everything. It’s exciting, scary, moving and thought-provoking. It’s a love story with a big helping of science-fiction and horror. It’s brought to life by an incredibly talented cast of five who tell Mary Shelley’s timeless tale while also creating a soundtrack live on stage. We even have timpani drums! It’s also worth mentioning that it’s a production that has its roots well and truly in Bracknell. Victoria Spearing (Set Design), Alan Valentine (Lighting Design), Ron McAllister (Composer) and Anne Thompson (Costume Design) have all played a part in many of South Hill Park’s own productions over the last decade. It’s a cracking script by Nick Lane, based on John Ginman’s original adaptation, and it’s directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, who directed our previous productions Dracula, Not About Heroes and The Great Gatsby. It’s endlessly creative and unashamedly theatrical, and after the last couple of years, it’s precisely what audiences need!


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