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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In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

A great musical for all the family with some amazing show tunes as well.

Hairspray Auditions

AUDITION 1 – Tue 5 Oct 2021
5pm – 6pm (8-12yrs)
6pm – 7pm (13-21yrs)
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA

AUDITION 2 – Sat 9 Oct 2021
1.30pm – 3pm (8-12yrs)
3pm – 4.30pm (13-21yrs)
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA

Nothing to prepare just come along and try out. All audition material is provided.

Please note: It is free to audition but RARE Productions charge a contribution for participation for successful auditionees. For most projects, their current participation contribution is £168 per participant (which can be split into two payments of £85), which covers the entire period of the project, including creative teams, professional tuition, insurances and licenses, sets, props and costumes.

Find out more here.

Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words

Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words

Lexicographer – Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge).

Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.

Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.

Funny, fact-filled and delightful JONATHAN ROSS

Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure RICHARD OSMAN

Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words PAM AYRES

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world – star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!

★★★★ A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ A master craftsman TIMES

Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour

Live and Encore Screenings

Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour

From the Royal Albert Hall

In 2018, Sir Cliff Richard was joined by 100,000 fans in cinemas worldwide to celebrate 60 years in the music industry. This October he invites you all to be part of the most fabulous big screen party of the year! The Great 80 Tour will be broadcast LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall to your local cinema on Wednesday 27 October 2021, with a special encore screening on Saturday 30 October. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, this will be Cliff Richard’s most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

The 8th

The Company

The 8th

The 8ᵗʰ. Just as the number 8 represents infinity, the woman represents eternal life. Curved are the edges of the female form representing her softness, outer-casing her resilient and whole, internal world.

The 8ᵗʰ is an amalgamation of the lived experiences our all-female company has formulated to express ‘what it means to be a woman’ to them.

The performance consists of three diverse dance pieces, exploring vulnerability, sisterhood and togetherness. The aim of the production is to challenge outdated perceptions of womanhood and encourage the audience to engage in conversations that promote change. The desired outcome for the piece is that audiences leave feeling seen, heard and celebrated and empowered to use their voices, be it women or allies. We are all in this together and together we can be the change.

The Sargam Group

The Sargam Group

Join us at the launch of the Sagram Performing Arts Group

Sargam Group’s vision is to enhance the wellbeing of the community through performing arts and establishing a centre in Bracknell for learning classical and contemporary Indian music, Indian dance, yoga, drama and culture.

At the launch there will be performances by prospective mentors Vaneet Singh (a proficient Tabla player), Ratna (Papia) Ghosh (Classical Vocal Music), Rakhi Sood (Rakhi Sood school of dancing), Pankhuri Verma (Kala The Arts – contemporary Vocal Music), Kam Dehal (Yoga) followed by Refreshments Course Registrations & Networking.

The first lesson for the above courses will be complimentary for those who register for courses at the launch.

If you have been invited by Sargam Group, please contact your host for tickets rather than booking through SHP.

Anything But The Eyes: In Conversation

Anything But The Eyes: In Conversation

Organ Donation Awareness week 20-26 Sep

Join the artist Jennie Jewitt-Harris MB BS PhD, Mike O’Donavan (South Hill Park board member) and Leigh Ferris (Organ Donation Specialist Nurse) for some insightful conversation as they discuss issues around corneal donation and how art – in particular Jewitt-Harris’ fine art practice – contributes to developing an understanding of attitudes towards organ donation.

Following the in-conversation event you will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition Anything but the Eyes in the Mirror Gallery and meet the artist.

The event is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Refreshments and drinks will be provided from 5:30pm


Artists in Action

Artists in Action

Fundraising Postcard Sale

Studio Gallery.

Each of the postcards on display is sold anonymously for a minimum £10 donation, with the identity of the maker and their special story to be revealed only when the purchase is complete. The postcards are donated by artists and South Hill Park’s advocates. All profits from the sale go towards South Hill Park Trust – registered charity 265656.

South Hill Park encourages public participation in all different art forms – through performances, theatre, exhibitions, advocacy, education and outreach, and serving as a vital creative resource for the community.

Feeling the Beat Workshop

Feeling the Beat Workshop

Live painting and live music

£25, Concessions £19
Limited spaces

Following the success of Feeling the Beat virtual events – led by curator Loucia Manopoulou – now visual artists Aurelie Freoua and Chris Holley plus musicians Loz Speyer, Martin Pyne and Simon Cook take you on an arts journey and rare sensory treat as they share with you ways to express music and poetry in your own drawings/paintings. This new skill will deepen your perceptions of these three arts, their connections and interactions – and stay with you for life.

The workshop opens with a brief demo in which you hear and see music as it’s played, as you also watch Aurelie’s and Chris’s ‘in-the-moment’ painting as it happens. Then, a bit like an orchestra tuning up, you get to ‘play’ at your own art as the artists and musicians pinpoint major elements shared by art and music. Colour, rhythm, texture, tempi and shapes are focused on as you start developing your own vocabulary of mark making to express these musical characteristics in your own art. New sensory vistas will open; new insights evolve in this mind-opening, across-the-arts way of thinking and creating. Visceral and immediate, remember: there are no rules, no right or wrong – only your own personal responses.

In the final hour comes the crescendo, as – with jazzed up and sharpened senses – you create your final coda of drawings/paintings to the sounds of live music and recited poetry as they hit the air.


Workshop of 3 x 45 min. Sessions interspersed by two breaks. Refreshments supplied.

Acrylic paint, paper and paint brushes supplied. Please bring any preferred mediums/materials.


A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear Miles Davis, legendary jazz trumpeter

A vital project bringing the arts together so creatively and deserving applause! Jamie Baird, Upper Strings Tutor, Berkshire Maestros

South Hill Park Curator:

Loucia Manopoulou

Visual Artists:

Aurelie Freoua

French born London based artist who has worked for several years with the musicians of Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London and whose highly developed expertise in expressing music in her art results in her involvement in many exciting performative arts projects in and around London.

Chris Holley

Berkshire based painter who says that her longstanding connection to dance/choreography, means that her visual art is always trying to squeeze into the space between dance and music.


Loz Speyer (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Trumpeter, composer and improviser working in Jazz and related music, with bands ranging from the 11-piece collective Rare Mix to freely improvising trios. His own groups – Cuban-Jazz sextet Time Zone and Free Jazz quintet Inner Space – have toured to Jazz festivals and clubs all around the UK, and released original music on several critically acclaimed albums (look for Spherical Records on Bandcamp). During lockdown, Loz brought together a pool of improvising musicians and artists for a series of creative online art-music collaborations, under the name Spherical Improv.

Martin Pyne (vibraphone, drums and other percussion)

A composer and improviser, Martin’s work encompasses a broad range, from what might loosely be called ‘from free improvisation to relatively straight ahead song based structures.’ His recently released solo album “Spirits Of Absent Dancers” on Discus Music reflects his extensive involvement with dance, which takes up most of his professional time. He performs solo sets, leases his own quartet, and collaborates with a range of musicians and other artists and also works regularly as a Silent Film Accompanist.

Simon Cook (keyboard)

A musician associated with South Hill Park via the Bracknell Jazz Series, which he organises, Simon is a versatile and knowledgeable musician. He is a leading authority on the music of West Java and, as well as his work on Feeling the Beat, he notably spent several years as piano accompanist to a shadow puppet theatre in the Netherlands. This experience makes him very practised at matching sound to image, which he finds totally absorbing.



By Basia Gorska

Basia Gorka, in response to the Access All Areas community project, created new work to help develop an understanding of invisible disabilities and inclusion.

Basia, Artist in Residence at South Hill Park, made these original pieces using her printmaking techniques and incorporating fluorescent inks and pigments to create a metaphor for ‘hidden’ or ‘not visible’ disabilities.
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