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...

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,...



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Lift Off Dance Festival

Lift Off Dance Festival is back to celebrate its 21st birthday! What started as a local, council led dance festival - to showcase local Bracknell dance groups and schools - has grown, over the past 2 decades, to encompass a wide range of dance styles, ages, and abilities - as well as reaching far beyond Berkshire.

Dance professionals, students of dance and audience members come together for this annual extravaganza of stunning, cutting-edge performances, masterclasses, Dance on Screen cinema events, and youth and community group showcases. Whether you are a seasoned performer or theatre goer, or new to the world of dance, there is something to interest all tastes. It's a truly great way to experience the art form.

Initially started by Bracknell Forest Council, South Hill Park took full ownership of the festival under the artistic direction of Lena Dee from 2005.

Each year the festival hosts several dance performances by the local community and professional dance companies, alongside a variety of dance workshops, cinema screenings, live dance performances broadcast from around the globe, and dance-inspired exhibitions.

Professional dance companies who have performed their own evenings’ work during the festival include; StopGap, Tavaziva Dance, Sonia Sabri, Jasmin Vardimon to name but a few.

The festival has grown in size and ambition since its inception and the Galas now not only showcase local dance talent from Berkshire but also dancers from Surrey, Hampshire and London and surrounding areas. The Galas include performances and workshops led by professional dancers and choreographers so participants and audience members get to see where years of hard dance training can lead – helping to inspire and give insight into the world of professional dance.

Each year, new elements are added to the festival to widen the appeal for those learning, performing or watching the events. This includes the recent addition of broadcasting live ballet performances from prestigious Opera Houses around the world.

Please contact Lena Dee on for information on how to take part in the festival or for more information on this year’s event.

Lift Off Dance Festival 2021

Shows and Performances

Youth & Community Gala 1

Performances by: Brakenhale School | Dancexite | Dance Phaze | Drishti Dance | Eagle House School | Elibah School of Dance | Innov8 Dance School | Moving Stories Dance Company | OFLAC | Shimmy Cafe Barefoot Dance Fusion | Sonder | St Mary’s School

Sat 16 Oct 7pm – 9pm, Wilde Theatre

£13, Members £11

For more information, click here. Book your tickets online or through the Box Office (01344 484123)

Youth & Community Gala 2

Performances by: 4MDT | GRITT Dance Co | Hot Steppers | Jawahir Bellydance | Illume/Nocturn | Reddam House Dance Company | Royal Steps | Senior West Berkshire Youth Dance Company | Silver Swans | The Marist School | WISE Male Youth Dance Company | Yateley School

Sun 17 Oct 7pm – 9pm, Wilde Theatre

£13, Members £11

For more information, click here. Book your tickets online or through the Box Office (01344 484123)

Lift Off 2021 Programmes

Below are the links to the online programmes for this years Lift Off Dance Festival.

Sat 16 Oct Programme

Sun 17 Oct Programme


Dance Masterclasses

A series of masterclasses, led by professional dancers and choreographers, covering various styles including contemporary, ballet, commercial, street dance, jazz and more. Open to all ages and abilities.

Dance on Screen


If you would like more information about participating in the 2022 festival, please either complete the form below or email Lena Dee directly.

Please check back to this page for updates as the 2022 program is finalised.

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