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SHPLive, based in our John Nike Digital Media Centre, develops and delivers live streamed performance projects across South East England.

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About SHPLive

Inspired by early experiences of podcast and community broadcast initiatives within the venue’s own Digital Media Centre, the SHPLive programme seeks to expand the reach of performance and to stimulate research and development of new projects that make use of the internet as an interactive platform.

As well as delivering in house productions at South Hill Park, SHPLive also travels with it’s equipment and experienced production crew to other venues around the South East providing live streaming services for events, performances and concerts.

The SHPLive programme has so far included:

  • Creation of a network of screening partners in children’s hospices, hospital wards and SEN schools
  • Live streaming a series of commissioned improvised music concerts
  • Supporting artists to develop new performance work for streaming
  • Devising and hosting masterclasses and conferences
  • External live stream production for Aldeburgh Music, Audiograft Festival, The Dance Movement, New Vic Productions, Windswept Productions

The project was launched in 2012 with the support of National Lottery funds through Arts Council England. Funding expired in April 2015.

Previously on SHP Live

Fanny and Stella – Research and Development Phase

Directed by Alastair Knights
Book by Gus Gowland
Music and Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer
Based on the book by Neil McKenna

Fanny & Stella were no ordinary Victorian women. They were in fact Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, two of the most successful female impersonators of their day. Earning plaudits for their performances on the stage (and notoriety for their antics in the alleyways of London) they were eventually subject to a secret campaign by the Metropolitan Police, arrested and subjected to a sensational show trial, where every detail of their outrageous lives was lapped up by an incredulous public.

Award-winning composer/lyricist Eamonn O’Dwyer and writer Gus Gowland are collaborating on a raucous adaptation of Neil McKenna’s best-selling book, which will be directed by Alastair Knights. The team have been granted exclusive access to Neil McKenna’s archives and expertise for research and development purposes.

Featuring a cast of peers, politicians, drag queens and detectives, this is a gripping tale of tragedy and comedy, sex and identity; of high morals and low manners. Fanny & Stella is a dizzying, dazzling peepshow told in vivid musical technicolour.

Having previously been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award and selected to appear at BEAM16, where Theatre Bench first saw the work, we’re pleased to now have an opportunity for a more robust showing of this exciting new project.

We are grateful to Arts Council England Southwest and South Hill Park Arts Centre for their support throughout the research and development process, and hope to continue working with them for the world premiere of ‘Fanny & Stella’ in 2017.

Scarlett’s Women by Helen Taylor

Gone With the Wind is the most successful film of all time, particularly adored by generations of female audiences. Alongside screenings of this digitally restored masterpiece, writer Helen Taylor explores the fascination of epic heroine Scarlett O’Hara, and the appeal to women of one of cinema’s most original love stories.

Helen Taylor, Emerita Professor, University of Exeter, has published widely on American and British literary culture. Her 1989 study of women’s fascination with Gone With the Wind, entitled Scarlett’s Women, has been updated by her 2015 BFI Film Classic about the film.

An evening with music photographer legend Michael Putland.

Interviewed by local professional photographer Alex Harvey-Brown, Michael talks in depth about his incredible global career in music photography.

Michael has worked with many extraordinary artists during his remarkable fifty year career including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Lennon and David Bowie.

Ali & Nino

In August 2014 SHPLive worked with Youth Music Theatre UK to broadcast a live stream of their production The Making of Ali & Nino from our Wilde Theatre.

Youth Music Theatre UK developed this show in association with South Hill Park, featuring a live band and a cast of 34 performers.

With a score heavily influenced by traditional Georgian and Persian music as well as performers drawn from around the world, Ali and Nino is an epic tale of passion in the face of adversity.


Youth Music Theatre UK “Fagin” Live from South Hill Park. Saturday 15 August 8pm

Delve into the murky depths of Victorian London and discover the truth about one of literature’s greatest villains.

FAGIN is a bold new musical shedding light on some of Dickens’ most famous characters including the likes of Bill Sikes, Nancy and Fagin’s first love Leeba.

Join us on this epic journey from Fagin’s early life as an eager East End entrepreneur to his descent into corruption and a mysterious man called Boz…

The show is directed by Olivier Award-nominee Steven Dexter who also directed our hugely successful venture into West End theatre – Loserville, opening at South Hill Park, Bracknell in 2009 and then, in a professional production, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Garrick Theatre, London.