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Booking dates

A taste of what’s on3 Wedding Fair4 Snow White5 Dance6

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Non-members Wed 31 July

Music8 Jazz10

Opening times


Mon–Sat 9am–11pm

Opera13 Wilde Drama14 Studio Company16 Studio Drama17 London Contemporary Theatre Residency20

Sun & bank holidays 11am–10.30pm

Box Office opening times Mon–Sat 10am–8.30pm Sun & bank holidays 12noon – 8.30pm

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Adult courses22

11   £5  Tickets available one hour before the show begins to customers under the age of 26, subject to availability

Young people’s courses27

Members ticket offer

Adult workshops28

2 for 1 Buy a ticket for an event with this symbol and get another free. Available on the first night only.

Craft Fair21

Young People’s workshops29 SHP Live32

Comedy33 Musicals34 Entertainment35 Family entertainment38 Membership39 Exhibitions40 Local societies and clubs42 Hire South Hill Park43 Information44

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from our funders

Your visit45 Diary46 How to find us48

Charity number 265656 The Digital Media Suite is generously supported by John Nike and the John Nike Group of Companies

Ticket levy Please note that all Wilde Theatre bookings include a £1 levy towards the costs of running the Wilde Theatre and bookings in other venues include a 50p levy towards the running costs of the arts centre.


Corporate members

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a taste of what’s on South Hill Park – the pulsating creative heart of Berkshire – can you feel our beating heart? So what are we creating this season? The world première of a new production of Dracula; the revival of an innovative actor/string quartet production of Othello; a community production of Fawlty Towers; a newly commissioned ‘in the dark’ production of A Christmas Carol and a brand new panto Snow White – which we will be live streaming across the country. Most of our in-house productions or co-productions are designed and built right here in the Wilde Theatre with our remarkable team led by designer Victoria Spearing, and Othello and Dracula will tour to 37 venues throughout the UK. SHP – putting Bracknell at the heart of the creative life of Berkshire – be a part of it! Ron McAllister, CEO of SHP


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Creative Courses

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Digital Media

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Visual Arts

Creative Learning

Broadcast Conversations

This autumn Visual Arts celebrates 40 years of being an arts centre with an Artist in Residence Retrospective showcasing the wealth of creative talents South Hill Park has harboured over the years. Current Resident Ceramicist, Samantha Robertson and Silversmiths Louise Walker and Holly Barton will also be exhibiting their latest works in Designed to Serve and HB designs.

The autumn season has a real musical tone to it and we think you’re going to love it. A brand new community choir launches and this one is for everyone. In November we have a brand new two-day songwriters’ workshop for budding singer/songwriters, the challenge will be to create a piece from scratch under the tuition of Andy Pearce and drawing on the collective experience of the group. And, of course, we are still running all of your favourite classes in drama, dance and music. I would like to thank Youth Services and Wellington College for their continued support, without this support Creative Learning would not be able to run such a fantastic programme for young people.

With the government’s austerity measures having wide-ranging impacts on public services, I think it’s important that we try to keep cultural venues open and available as spaces where ideas and opportunity can flourish. This season we are hosting the Community Media Association’s Broadcast Conversations which explore partnerships with local radio and TV, plus the Berkshire Digital business network meetings, which provide a low level opportunity for new digital developments to be shared and connections to be made.

Kate Ratcliffe Visual Arts Coordinator

Mark Hooper Creative Learning Co-ordinator


Martin Franklin Manager, Digital Media Centre


Wedding Fair 2013

Italian Garden, South Hill Park

Sun 27 Oct 11am – 3pm · FREE Join us at South Hill Park for our Wedding Fair. We will have a range of suppliers here including: cakes, photographers, menswear, florists, jewellers, accessories, bridal wear, transport, entertainment and much more. South Hill Park is an arts centre based in a Grade II listed Georgian mansion house surrounded by beautiful parkland and makes a unique wedding venue. With the picturesque Italian Gardens, a lake and many original features both inside and outside the mansion, it is a truly gorgeous setting for your special day. We have various rooms licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and offer packages to suit all budgets and requirements. During your visit please pick up a copy of our functions brochure which will give you an idea of our venue costs and menu options. You can then make an appointment with our functions manager who will help plan your special day. Event organised by Berkshire Wedding Fairs 07708 249 440 / 07990 711 444 To discuss your day with our in-house functions manager please call 01344 413514 to make an appointment.












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Sat 30 Nov 2013 – Sat 4 Jan 2014 Written by Bart Lee · Music by Ron McAllister The fantastic creative team behind many of South Hill Park’s pantomimes is back this year to bring a brand spanking new version of Snow White to the Wilde Theatre stage. This classic tale, with gags galore, audience participation, a sprinkle of magic and lots of laughter, is the perfect Christmas treat for young and old. Don’t miss the chance to join Snow White on her adventures with a twist this year. With a little help from her friends will she defeat the ghastly wicked queen? Will she eat the poisoned apple? And will she meet her Prince?

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Director Julian Hirst Musical Director Tim Cumper Set Design Victoria Spearing Choreographer Ann Ogden

dance entertainment

Joss Arnott Dance Double-bill

French Can Can

Supported by Arts Council England and Commissioned by South East Dance and City Moves. Produced by Dep Arts Ltd.

Sun 22 Sept 7.30pm

Running time 60 mins with 20-min interval

Wilde Theatre

Thu 3 Oct 8pm

£18, Conc £16.50

Wilde Theatre

Following in the footsteps of the world famous Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris and Follies Bergere, French Can Can is a critically acclaimed stage spectacular that celebrates the high kicking glamour of one of the world’s most famous dances – The Can Can!

£12, Conc £11, Members £10,  Schools & Dance Groups £9

French Can Can recreates the bohemian world of Toulouse-Lautrec, the perfect setting for this lavish musical adventure. Featuring an international cast of talented dancers, glittering stage sets and over sixty hand crafted costumes. International acclaimed singers and music hall artistes complete the line up, creating a truly inspiring and dynamic company.

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A double-bill inspired by classical ballet, commercial dance, pop culture, fashion and film. A cast of alpha females choreographed to perfection. Record of Events Explore a darker side to femininity, with this hypnotising dance that combines athletic choreography with theatrical flair. Be catapulted into a chaotic world of sensuality, discovery and hopelessness. What is the whole-truth? Who are we to judge anyway? Supported by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Jasmin Vardimon. Threshold A highly-charged exploration of the human body. Follow vigorous dashes across the stage and a rapid relay of connections and disconnections, as performers contort themselves through hypermobility, switching from robotic aggression to controlled extensions. Featuring live music. ‘Dramatic, fierce and totally rock and roll’  Audience Member 2013


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Vanquish Entertainment The Circus Project

Ballet Theatre UK The Nutcracker

Independance b.supreme Sat 19 Oct 7.30pm Wilde Theatre

£14, Conc £10

Tue 29 Oct 8pm


From the award-winning company that brought you the 2011 sell-out show GLO-in-the-Dark Vanquish Entertainment return to bring you another epic and exciting display of talent in the form of The Circus Project. Roll up, roll up the talent showcase is in town and the ringmaster requires your attention! Join us for an evening of dance, singing, tricks and surprises from some of the best kept secrets and artists in the area. ‘Inspire be inspired, Defeat not defeated, Grow be epic’. Vanquish Entertainment is an award-winning dance company providing a learning platform and offering the very best in teaching, training and development through our inspirational classes and team.

Wilde Theatre £12, Members & Under 21s £10, Schools & Dance Groups £9

Sun 10 Nov 3pm Wilde Theatre

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Over 32 female dancers will grace the stage in this amazing celebration of talent. Join us for an exciting evening of mind-blowing dance from the most established all female companies on the hip hop scene including: Sky’s Got to Dance finalists Boadicea and Bruckness Personified, the haunting BirdGang and the explosive Myself. But more than that, the line up will also feature live music and B-girl battles featuring the UK’s finest female break dancers and if you have never seen a live breakin’ battle, then this is something you will not want to miss.

A £20, Conc £19, Members £18   m B £18, Conc £17, Members £16 C £15, Conc £14, Members £13

Under 16s £12, Family £50

Ballet Theatre UK are proud to present their critically acclaimed festive classic, The Nutcracker. Where Tchaikovsky’s most loved and unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography by Artistic Director, Christopher Moore, featuring over 80 new exquisite costumes and breath taking scenery that together creates an atmosphere of fantasy and illusion. Our new production is an enchanting adventure beautifully told through the magic of dance, delighting audiences young and old. The Nutcracker features such favourites as ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’, ‘The Waltz of the Flowers’, ‘The Russian Trepak’, ‘The Dance of the Reed Pipes’ and the world famous ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’, to name a few. ‘A ballet company of great achievement’  The Dancing Times 


music opera Creative Control

Affinity Sessions: Local Bands Showcase cellarbarbracknell Tue 10 Sept 7.30pm Wilde Theatre £7

Showcasing some of the best up-and-coming bands from around the region.

Artree Music

A Festival of Folk

Progressive Promotions and Creative Control

Affinity Sessions: Three Trapped Tigers under 16s with an adult Fri 13 Sept 7pm Wilde Theatre £10 advance, £12 on the door

In the first of our Affinity Sessions, we present the fantastic, Three Trapped Tigers. An instrumental noisenik trio from London who exhibit the precision of electronica, the raw intensity of rock music and the schizophrenic spontaneity of their electro-improv past. Not easily classifiable, the music veers wildly from noisy guitars to contemplative synths, frantic beats to ambient noise. Sat 14 Sept Midday – 9pm free outside event From 3.30pm in Wilde Theatre (ticketed) Wilde Theatre and SHP Grounds Wilde Theatre show £20 – unreserved standing, £22.50 seated, Under 14s – £15 unreserved standing, £17.50 seated

An all-day folk, roots and acoustic music festival event returns to South Hill Park. The day comprises of a ticketed show in the Wilde Theatre, headlined by Bellowhead front men Spiers and Boden and folk legend Richard Digance, alongside a free entry event on the terrace and field featuring live music, Morris Dancing, children’s entertainment, real ale and craft stalls.


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La Casa Del Amor

Casa Margarita Simon Mayor and Hilary James

Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 18 Oct 7.30pm

Recital Room

Recital Room

Suitable for 16yrs+

£12.50, Conc £11.50, Members £10.50  m

£12.50, Conc £11.50, Members £10.50  m

‘Virtuoso mandolin, elegant vocals, guitar and fiddle wizardry and a stage show that ranges from witty to hilarious. Expect anything from a Vivaldi concerto, trad folk, jazz standards, Celtic, ragtime, blues, a deadly accurate tribute to Jake Thackray and of course, that song about the parrot!’  Ents24

A grand show in an intimate space. Enter the lustrous interior of an ancient Spanish house and meet the characters that live there. Hear this achingly beautiful story of love told in words, stunning music, and improvised percussion. Feel the heat of an Andalucian night. Come to Casa Margarita.

‘One of Britain’s finest voices’  BBC Radio 4

‘Ravishing music and exciting rhythms this is an engaging concert with a great story’  Oxford Times.

Supertonics Wed 30 Oct 8.30pm Recital Room

‘A positive pleasure to behold’  The Guardian

Artree Music

Folking Live


An informal concert from this popular swing band playing music from the 30s and 40s.

Sat 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 14 Dec 8pm

Creative Control Band Night Sundays & Tuesday 8pm Cellar Bar £5.50

Cellar Bar

Blues and Boogies in the Cellar Bar


Berkshire’s premier folk, roots and acoustic music event. This season featuring welcome returns from highly rated artists Paul Liddell and Tinderbox, amongst many other local, national and international acts.

Wed 2 & 16 Oct, 6 Nov 8pm 


Come and join us in the Cellar Bar for a series of intimate blues and roots gigs. For details and bookings visit the website address above or phone 01252 793430.



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Ständchen; Schubert Lieder with Guitar Fri 13 Sept 7.30pm Recital Room

£12, Members & Conc £10  m Colin Oxley

Bracknell Jazz Mark Nightingale · trombone Fri 6 Sept Steve Waterman · trumpet Fri 11 Oct Colin Oxley · guitar Fri 1 Nov Tony Woods · alto saxophone Fri 20 Dec

Prize-winning mezzo-soprano and YCAT artist Anna Huntley presents a recital of well-known Schubert Lieder in alternative but authentic 19th-century versions with guitar accompaniment. She is joined by the German guitarist Jens Franke who accompanies her on a guitar of particular historical significance: a 1926 Richard Jakob Weissgerber.

Recital Room £8.50, Conc £5

Bracknell Jazz brings some the UK’s foremost jazz musicians to perform with a resident rhythm section. Some events will be preceded by a warm-up band at 7.30pm with the main act at 8pm, please check for details. Tony Woods

Raymond Burley Guitar Music of South America.

USSR vs USA Solo Piano Recital Sun 22 Sept 3.15pm Recital Room

£16, Members & Conc £11  m

Steven Miller returns to perform works by Russian and American composers. Works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Khatchaturian in the first half and, in the second half, works by Bernstein (West Side Story medley arranged by Steven Miller), Copland’s El Salon Mexico and by popular request, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Amazing spectacular stage design with ambient lighting ensures this recital is one not to be missed.

Sat 28 Sept 7.30pm

West Forest Sinfonia

Recital Room

Sun 10 Nov 3pm

£12, Conc £8

Recital Room

Guitar music of South America is rich and varied. Tonight’s programme will include works by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Ponce, Brouwer, Lauro, Assad and Ayala.



A programme of string music including the Octet in E flat Major by Mendelssohn.

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Worbey & Farrell Sun 15 Sept 4pm Wilde Theatre £14, Conc £12

This exuberant performance is suitable for every age and all musical tastes. Prepare to be moved, excited and amazed. But above all prepare to laugh with joy at the sheer ingenuity and style of these two masters of musical mayhem. Including ‘Carnival of the Animals’, boogie woogie jazz and music by Rachmainoff and Coldplay. ‘They effervesce... they made my day!’ 

Wed 18 Dec 7.30pm Wilde Theatre

A £17, Conc £16, Members £15  m ‘A positive pleasure to behold’  B £15, Conc £14, Members £13 The Guardian C £12, Conc £11, Members £10

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Thames Voyces Jingle Bells

The Mediaeval Baebes exquisite storybook opened its pages in 1996, when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of ivy.

Sun 8 Dec 7.30pm Wilde Theatre

Pulling lyrics from mediaeval texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and classical instruments, whilst singing in an impressive array of long forgotten languages, the Mediaeval Baebes offers a unique musical beauty and outstanding talent. This performance will feature some of today’s most popular carols taken from their brand new album released in November along with some of the most popular Mediaeval Baebes songs which will go to make up this mediaeval themed musical Christmas Extravaganza show.

£10, Conc £9, Under 16s £1

Thames Voyces invites you to their popular annual event where they will entertain you with Christmas music and readings. Sit back and enjoy some festive music and prose and you can participate by joining the choir in singing some favourite Christmas carols. 

Mediaeval Baebes



Conservatoire Concert Series Recital Room 7.30pm 11   m

£12, Members & Conc £10 

Mikhail Shilyaev

Chiyan Wong

Ivan Hovorun

Fri 20 Sept

Fri 25 Oct

Fri 8 Nov

The first of our new series of concerts is given by the brilliant young Russian pianist, Mikhail Shilyaev. His programme consists of works by three giants of the piano world, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin and includes Brahms’ Paganini Variations and Ballades Nos. 2 & 4 by Chopin.

Chiyan Wong makes a welcome return to our Conservatoire Series. Since his last visit he has had a remarkable debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with an acclaimed performance of Liszt’s Sonata. In this new programme he will play Beethoven’s monumental Hammerklavier Sonata and two of Liszt’s Opera Fantasies.

Ukrainian pianist Ivan Hovorun is a distinguished graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a laureate of numerous international competitions. His programme includes works by Haydn, Bach/Busoni, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov, taking us on a musical journey from the 18th to 20th-centuries.

Karim Said

Veronika Shoot

Inga Liukaityte

Fri 22 Nov

Fri 6 Dec

Fri 13 Dec

Jordanian born pianist, Karim Said, is a remarkable talent whose career has taken him all over the musical world. His programme includes works by Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt and two rarities in Schoenberg’s 3 Klavierstücke and the Sonata From the Street by Leoš Janáˇcek.

Veronika is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire where she is pursuing post graduate studies. Her programme includes sonatas by Scarlatti and Scriabin alongside works by Mozart, Ginastera, Chopin and her father, Vladislav Shoot.

Lithuanian pianist, Inga Liukaityte, is a young virtuoso with a remarkable intelligence and diverse taste as her programme demonstrates. She will perform music by Beethoven (Pastoral Sonata), Messiaen, Prokofiev (the amazing 7th Sonata), Debussy (Estampes) and Scriabin.


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Mid Wales Opera


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Albert Herring By Benjamin Britten and Eric Crozier Director Michael Barker–Caven Running time 3hrs including 20-min interval Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm Wilde Theatre A £19, Conc £18, Members £17 B £17, Conc £16, Members £15 C £14, Conc £13, Members £12

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Under 21s £10 Pre-performance 20-minute talk at 6.45pm with Artistic Director and Conductor Nicholas Cleobury in the Wilde Bar, please inform box office at the time of booking if you will attend the talk

It’s time for the sleepy village of Loxford to choose a May Queen... but there’s a problem. The committee can’t seem to find a suitable candidate: ‘Country virgins, if there be such, think too little and see too much...’ None of the local girls quite fit the bill and so all eyes focus on Albert, from the greengrocers, pure and innocent as they come. Surely a perfect candidate to be Loxford’s very first May King? But before long - crowned with a garland of orange blossom, and rewarded with £25 for his trouble – Albert is slipped a little something in his celebratory glass of lemonade and things start to go very wrong… The music fizzes, as sparkling as the lemonade that intoxicates our hero: a genuinely hilarious satire with a score of great beauty, Albert Herring is a masterpiece by a master composer.

Park Opera

Opera Pops Sun 13 Oct 2.30pm Wilde Theatre

£14.50, Members £13.50   m Tickets for this local society event are also available from John Mills on 01252 860050

Join this acclaimed company’s superb soloists and chorus for a fine autumn’s afternoon of beautiful singing, as they bring you highlights from the magical world of opera and operetta. This promises to be a fundraising concert to remember, full of fun, comedy, drama, romance and of course, glorious tunes. 


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Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park presents the world première of


Directed by

Adam Stafford By Bram Stoker Adapted by John Ginman Director - Eliot Giuralarocca

By John Cleese and Conny Booth Amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

Thu 24 – Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Sat 26 & Sun 27 Oct 3pm

Recommended for 13yrs+ Running time 2hrs + interval

Wilde Theatre

Thu 26 – Sat 28 Sept 7.30pm Wilde Theatre A £17, Conc £16, Members £15 B £15, Conc £14, Members £13 C £12, Conc £11, Members £10

£16, Conc £15, Members £14, Matinees £13 

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After the success of Calendar Girls last year, the Wilde Community Theatre Company takes on another classic this autumn.

Under 21s £10, Schools £9

Check in to the most disorganised hotel in the country, Fawlty Towers. Basil, Sybil, Polly and, of course, Manuel will try and make their regular and occasional new guests feel welcome at this famous hotel, but don’t be surprised if things go hilariously wrong.

‘I can give you your forbidden, secret desire – the soft bitter touch of my kiss, the surrender, the chance to live and love forever.’ The time is 1897. Mankind is on the cusp of vast technological change and media innovation. Poised between traditional beliefs and the shock of the new world, an altogether darker fear is emerging.

Three episodes of this hugely successful TV series will be performed on the Wilde Stage, so sit back and enjoy the chaos that is Fawlty Towers.

Stretching from London to the mountainous wastes of Transylvania, Bram Stoker’s timeless gothic thriller embodies the struggle to break taboos and stop the unknown outside becoming the enemy within. As Dracula’s shadow looms large over England, a small group of young men and women, lead by Professor Van Helsing, are locked in a struggle for survival where only the fittest will survive. Adapted by John Ginman, this brilliant, theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blends Victorian gothic with the contemporary, combining specially commissioned live music, powerful ensemble performances and innovative design, Blackeyed to create an exciting and thoughtprovoking theatrical experience.


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house presents a Transport production co-produced with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Icarus Theatre Collective and King’s Theatre, Southsea


As You Like It

Running time approx 2hrs 30 mins including interval

By William Shakespeare Fri 18 Oct 7.30pm

Tue 12 – Wed 13 Nov 7.30pm Wed 13 Nov 2pm

Wilde Theatre

Wilde Theatre

A £17, Conc £16, Members £15 B £15, Conc £14, Members £13 C £12, Conc £11, Members £10

A £17, Conc £16, Members £15 B £15, Conc £14, Members £13 C £12, Conc £11, Members £10

Under 21s £10, Schools £9

Schools £9

Critically-acclaimed Transport re-invents this popular favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies. Banished from her homeland, Rosalind journeys into the wild depths of the forest to find her exiled father. A vibrant, touching, and timely story about love, statelessness and above all the human capacity to endure. Brought to you from the innovative company behind Invisible, 1001 Nights, Elegy and Europe.

Following the huge success of Romeo and Juliet, Icarus Theatre Collective returns with a re-run of Othello, a legend in his own lifetime: noble, brave, victorious. Honest Iago fuels his venom with malignance and hateful contempt. Othello’s world will be brought vividly to life as a live string quartet and stunning ensemble cast combine with some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters. A dangerous tale of ambition, jealousy and love will unfurl as Shakespeare’s classic tale of deception hurtles to its dramatic and poignant conclusion.

‘Essential viewing’  Time Out on Elegy

Theatre Re

In an old circus tent, two brothers fight to the death. As their absurd battle builds towards destruction, their entire existence unfolds before them. Primal emotions take hold, furious ambition drives them into an unknown world and an impossible dream looms ever closer.

The Little Soldiers @TheatreRe retheatre Running time: 50 mins Thu 17 Oct 7.30pm Wilde Theatre £12, Conc £11,  Members £10

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Inspired by the ancient tale of Cain and Abel, The Little Soldiers by acclaimed company Theatre Re combines spellbinding physical theatre and a sonic landscape created by live musical narrative to portray a timeless rivalry. Funded by National Lottery through Arts Council England and supported by Haringey Council, The French Institute in London and The Cockpit. 


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studio company The Studio Theatre venue has become a thriving hub of creative and theatrical activity. Local actor/director/producer, Luke Burton, has been producing a programme of plays running throughout the year and we are looking to members of the community to get involved with the theatre in a range of capacities. Whether it’s treading the boards, directing a show or assisting with costumes, we’d love to hear from you. For more information or to get involved with The Studio, contact:

Pericles Prince of Tyre

The Pillowman

By William Shakespeare

By Martin McDonagh

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Oct 7.45pm

Suitable 15yrs+

Studio Theatre

Wed 27 – Sat 30 Nov 7.45pm

£12.50, Members & Conc £10.50  m

King Antiochus presents Pericles with a riddle as a prerequisite to winning the hand of his daughter. Pericles knows the answer to the riddle but the problem is if he fails to offer the solution, he will be put to death. But by exposing it he will reveal the King’s incestuous relationship with the daughter. Pericles responds to his dilemma by playing for time and flees Tyre to head on a journey full of normal and paranormal experiences. This stylised ensemble version packs energy and fun into this classic tale.

Studio Theatre

£12.50, Members & Conc £10.50  m

In an oppressive police state, a storyteller is dragged in for questioning following a series of brutal child murders that mirror his own stories. The good cop/ bad cop antics of his interrogators mask a dark undertone as the author is pressured into revealing the events of his own childhood that inspired his writing. Disturbing, hilarious and thought-provoking in equal measure.


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Royal Flush

True Grit Theatre in association with South Hill Park

Suitable 14yrs+


Rich Seam Theatre Co

Thu 12 – Fri 13 Sept 7.30pm Studio Theatre

£12.50, Conc £11.50,   m Members £10.50

1882. After years of inspiration, innovation and occasional idiocy, Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper is given the commission to provide toilets for Her Majesty Queen Victoria. On the eve of the first ‘royal flush’ Thomas writes a very personal letter to a girl he hasn’t seen in over 40 years… A revealing, touching and hilarious account of the man who became Britain’s number one at getting rid of number two.

By John Harrison Directed by Derek Florey

Best of BE Festival Generously supported by Arts Council England @befestival #BestofBE13 Mon 21 Oct 7.30pm

Suitable 15yrs+

Studio Theatre

Wed 18 – Sat 21 Sept 7.45pm

£12, Members & Conc £10

Studio Theatre

Your ticket includes a chaired post-show discussion with all the performers.

£10, Conc £9, Members £8   m

Rose, faced with a further spread of cancer, has come, on her counsellor’s advice, to a lonely Yorkshire cottage. For a week she will live alone recounting memories from her past via tape recorder, without the aid of her smothering husband and make some decisions about where she is going. Embracing her solitude avidly, she nevertheless reckons without Ralph, a very unusual odd-job man, who proves to be not the solution she seeks but the catalyst to her ultimate decision. ‘... accentuates the positive, is funny, honest and never maudlin.’  Financial Times 


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Travel across Europe in a night. Best of BE Festival brings you three award-winning festival favourites in one night. Each show is half an hour long and can be enjoyed by people of all nationalities. It’s a unique chance to see the very best of Europe so BE part of it. ‘an intimate, generous and passionate atmosphere’  Total Theatre

studio Drama 

Wildheart & Lyric


Alex Gwyther, Theatre Bench and Robin Rayner Thu 31 Oct – Fri 1 Nov 7.30pm Studio Theatre £12, Members & Conc £10

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Birdy is a love story that skips brazenly past the ‘happy ever after’ and laughs joyously at the absurdity of real life. A world famous Chanteuse called Birdy and a hopeless young Illusionist fall passionately in love, but with the birth of their first child, the spotlight suddenly shifts. A thrilling, fast paced adventure with physical mayhem, comedy and live original music. Birdy must face the perils of domesticity and motherhood, and fight to keep her love, passion and ambition alive. ‘Birdy is imaginative, authentic and absolutely impossible to fault…the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a very long time’ 

Our Friends, The Enemy

The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill Suitable 12yrs+

By Greg Wohead Music by Mat Martin

Thu 7– Fri 8 Nov 7.30pm

Suitable 12yrs+

Studio Theatre

£12, Conc £11, Members £10 11   m

The Western Front, Christmas 1914: lights appear from the German trenches, ghosts rise behind the horizon, soldiers meet between the firing lines. What follows are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier, Private James Boyce. ‘Captivating and imaginative ... real impact.’  Colonel Stuart Tootal, DSO, OBE

Wed 20 Nov 7.30pm Studio Theatre

£12, Conc £11, Members £10 11   m

This is a true story about a Texan falling in love with a woman who rode on the back of a giant catfish; a show about being far from home. Using storytelling, live music by Mat Martin and a pico projector, Greg will try to find his way back to Texas. Supported by BAC, The Yard, The Basement and Arts Council England

What’s On Stage


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Uncanny Theatre

Instructions for a Better Life Thu 21 Nov 7.30pm Studio Theatre £12, Conc £11,  Members £10

11   m

This is all about us, everyone that is, thinking that something is true when it isn’t. It’s a true story. It’s a look at what people believe without question and an attempt to unpick the oddity of what we think we think.

Found Space Theatre Company

Antigone Wed 6 – Sat 9 Nov 7.45pm

Part thriller, part comedic romp through human psychology, Uncanny Theatre stretch logic to breaking point in a show that’s visually arresting and absurdly funny in all of its low-tech glory.

Not suitable for under 12yrs

The rules are simple, and with a little luck you’ll be all right. Then again, why should you believe us?

At each performance 20 under 18s can see the show for £5, if they organise their own tickets. This offer is only available online

Running time 1hr 15 mins The Bracknell Gallery £11, Conc £9, Schools £7.50 teacher comes free

Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. When her two brothers kill each other fighting for and against the city Creon the King heralds one as a hero and the other as a traitor. The traitor’s corpse must rot outside the cities wall as a warning to all who disobey the King. Under cover of night Antigone defies Creon and buries her brother, for love. All have to face the consequences of her actions. Theatre64

Shakers Re-stirred Suitable 16yrs+ Fri 22 – Sat 23 Nov 8pm Studio Theatre

Shakers – the cocktail bar where waitresses cast a jaded eye over birthdays, booze and lecherous lads. They are Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel and they work in the cocktail bar from Hell. Fast and furious theatre from Theatre64. 4 actresses, 37 roles, 1 night to remember.

£11, Conc £10,  m Members £9 


Totally immersing the audience in the fabric of the play, the actors develop pathos and dramatic tension, twisting feelings whilst exploring hubris in this inspired, emotionally driven production Workshops from the company are available by request, email for details.

London Contemporary Theatre residency


Macbeth: In Pitch Black

By Molière Directed by Jonathan Ashby-Rock Composed by Philip Ryder

By William Shakespeare Directed by Kevin Williams

Suitable for 8yrs+

Suitable for 12yrs+

Wed 2 – Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm Sat Mat 2pm

Mon 4 – Wed 6 Nov 8pm Wed Mat 2pm

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre

£10, Conc £9, Members £8,   m Sat Mat £7

‘To esteem everything is to esteem nothing.’

£10, Conc £9, Members £8,   m Wed Mat £7

‘Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires’

Following the success of its first In an age of where flattery and tour earlier this year, London sycophancy is king, Alceste, Contemporary Theatre presents our hero, embarks on a quest their unique production of to demonstrate that truth and William Shakespeare’s greatest honesty, no matter how painful, are essential to true integrity. He is masterpiece Macbeth. Join us for Shakespeare’s morally outraged at the hypocrisy shortest, paciest tragedy of contemporary French society. Macbeth, performed in the Wherever he looks groups of round and in darkness. Feel extravagant people gossip behind every treacherous moment with each other’s backs shamelessly. Macbeth and learn what it’s like to He therefore makes it his mission never quite know who’s watching to rally against them no matter how ludicrous and outrageous the you as the plot thickens into results may be. But what happens, darkness and despair. if the woman who has captured ‘Shakespeare back to basics, his heart turns out to be the worst making the language centre example of them all? What lunacy stage rather than elaborate set and comedy will ensue? or costumes.’  Get Reading

Schools offer all three plays £15 or £7 each 20

A Christmas Carol: In the Dark By Charles Dickens Adapted & Directed by Jonathan Ashby-Rock Music by Philip Ryder Suitable 12yrs+ Tue 3 – Sun 15 Dec See diary for schedule Studio Theatre £10 Conc £8

‘Expect the first ghost when the bell tolls one’ Join us for Britain’s favourite Christmas story presented in the depth of WW2 London. Scrooge, a miserly, creditor, continues his stingy, greedy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects all the good tidings of the holiday, he yells at charity workers; and he overworks his employee, Bob Cratchit. His former partner, Jacob Marley, dead for seven years, visits him to warn him that three spirits will come to him over the next three nights. Join Scrooge as he travels through his past, into his present and then eventually seeing what he may become. Beautiful scenes on the forefront of the WW1 trenches, 1940s London and many other places you will know from today’s world or history lessons.

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South Hill Park Craft & Design Fair 2013 Sat 16 Nov · 11am–6pm Sun 17 Nov · 10am–5pm

jewellery | ceramics | textiles | glass | wood | cards | metals | knitting | feltwork | printmaking | photography

Enjoy and explore some of the UK's best handmade crafts and buy directly from the artists and makers that will be exhibiting with us all weekend. Artists join us from all over the UK to show their 2013 range of designs and to chat with visitors. We always welcome a range of new artists so there is always something new to see from year to year, as well as some regular faces that we know you have come to love. There will be specialist workshops and demonstrations during the weekend, including creative time for children (may require booking, please enquire at Box Office).

Visit or call 01344 484123 for details Day tickets £5, Conc £3, Under 10s FREE, Family £10 (2+2 or 1+3) Weekend ticket £7, Conc £5 (advance only)


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adult courses

Booking dates

Full details

Members Mon 15 July Non-members Mon 22 July

Term Mon 16 Sept – Sun 1 Dec  Half-term Mon 28 Oct – Sun 3 Nov Saturday courses will run an extra week due to the Craft Fair on Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov Arts and Crafts

A Taste of Silversmithing new

Certain materials such as silver, clay and printmaking paper can be purchased from the studio. Firing fees apply for ceramics courses.

Sat 12, 19, 26 Oct, 9 Nov 10.30–12.30am

Artist in Residence Heather Upton

Contact kate.ratcliffe@southhillpark. for information on booking

£239, Conc £237, Members £235

Jewellery and Silversmithing Artist in Residence Louise Walker Mon 16 Sept – Mon 2 Dec 10am–12.30pm OR 1.30–4pm OR 7–9.30pm Thu 19 Sept– Thu 5 Dec 7–9.30pm

Artist in Residence Louise Walker


This taster session is designed for students with disabilities. The sessions will explore a range of silversmithing techniques. Students will be supported through demonstration and instruction by an expert tutor.

New Artist in Residence TBC

Introduction to Printmaking

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 10am–12.30pm OR 7–9.30pm

Artist in Residence Heather Upton

£127, Conc £125, Members £123

Students will learn a variety of metalworking skills and processes enabling them to design and make their own jewellery and silverware. Suitable for all levels.

Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 10am–2.30pm

This course gives advanced students chance to pursue their own work with artistic and technical feedback from our expert tutor. Ceramics Regulars Carole Thompson Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 7–9.30pm £131, Conc £129, Members £127

NB No Class on Mon 23 Sept or Thu 26 Sept

Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 10am–12.30pm OR 7–9.30pm

Printmaking – improvers/advanced

Sat 21 Sept – Sat 30 Nov 10am – 1.30pm £168, Conc £166, Members £164

Learn basic monoprinting, relief and etching techniques with our expert artists in residence. Printmaking for Regulars Artist in Residence Heather Upton Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 10am–2.30pm Thu 19 Sept– Thu 28 Nov 10am–2.30pm £239, Conc £237, Members £235

Learn different form of printing with expert tuition from our artists in residence.

This course is perfect for those who want to explore ceramics. Carole will guide you through different techniques to produce individual pieces. Ceramics – beginners/improvers Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 10.30am–1pm £131, Conc £129, Members £127

This course is to help each student explore, experiment and develop their skills to create individual ceramic pieces. Ceramics – improvers/ advanced Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson Thu 19 Sept – Thu 28 Nov 7–9.30pm £131, Conc £129, Members £127

This course is for students who have tried pottery before who want to develop and improve their techniques further.


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Sculpting in Clay

Get Confident with Oils

Stained Glass

Carole Thompson

Melanie Paice

Caroline Loveys

Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 10am–12.30pm

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 10am–12 noon

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 7–9.30pm

£131, Conc £129, Members £127

£114, Conc 112, members £111

Carole will help you create a range of decorative sculptures using a variety of techniques and finishes. This course is for all abilities.

Explore materials and techniques in a relaxed and creative environment to enable you to have fun and produce confident paintings.

Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 10am–12.30pm OR 1.30–4pm

Beginners Sculpting in Clay

Further fun with Oils


Melanie Paice

Carole Thompson

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 1–3pm

Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 10am–12.30pm

£114, Conc 112, members £111

£131, Conc £129, Members £127

Learn basic sculpting techniques and develop your skills in this creative beginner’s course. A Taste of Clay


Artists in Residence Samantha Robertson Sat 14, 28 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov 10.30am–12noon Contact kate.ratcliffe@southhillpark. for information on booking FREE

This taster session is designed for students with disabilities. The sessions will explore a wide range of ceramics techniques including hand building and surface decoration. Students will be supported through demonstration and instruction by an expert tutor.

A class for developing your skills and improving your oil painting further, including two weeks with a life model. For either of Melanie’s courses contact her at or on 07919 493851 to discuss suitability before booking Life Drawing in Colour – intermediate/advanced

Sandra Bright Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 7.30–9.30pm Thu 19 Sept– Thu 28 Nov 7.30–9.30pm £111, Conc £109, Members £107

Inspiring sessions with expert tuition from Sandra Bright, aimed at beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Students will work on set projects covering a variety of subjects and materials.

Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 10am– 12.30pm £135, Conc £133, Members £131

Explore the exciting craft of stained glass, under expert tuition. You will learn the techniques required to create your own panels or threedimensional pieces. No previous experience necessary. Make a Quilt Simone McGee Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 10am–12noon £77, Conc £76, Members £75

Learn how to make a quilt using traditional patchwork designs such as tumbling blocks, grandmother’s fan and log cabin. Creative Machine Stitching

Flora Gare

Jane Bonney

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 10am–12.30pm

Fri 25 Oct – Fri 29 Nov 1.30–3.30pm

£133, Conc £131, Members £129

On this course you will begin by putting colour and pattern onto small sample pieces of plain fabric. See website for more information.

Working from professional life models, develop your skills with exploring various colour mediums. Life Drawing Morning – beginners/intermediate Flora Gare

Drawing and Painting

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 1.30–4pm

Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 10am–12.30pm £133, Conc ££131, Members £129

Working from professional life models, explore a variety of observational drawing techniques, investigating line, tone and texture. 


£65, Conc £64, Members £63

adult courses Full details Arts & Crafts Open Access


One to one piano course

Printmaking – Artists Access

Berkshire Guitar School

Open Access Resident Ruth Simons

Mike Hartnett

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 7–9pm

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 10am–1pm, 1.30–4.30pm or 6.30–9.30pm

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 4–10pm

£16 per session, £14.50 discount for 10 sessions paid in advance

Untutored sessions for experienced printmakers. Please contact Ruth Simons or Heather Upton on 01344 416255 if you are not a regular student. Open Access Jewellery and Silversmithing Open Access Resident Mel Goodbun Thu 19 Sept– Thu 28 Nov 10am–1pm or 1.30–4.30pm £12.50, Members £10.50 per session

These untutored sessions are offered for experienced jewellers and silversmiths. To see if you would be eligible to attend these sessions, please contact the Visual Arts Coordinator on 01344 416240

£176 duo, £251 individual

45-minute sessions. Available as one to one or as a duo. All levels. Bring your own guitar. For more information visit call Mike on 07966 058591 or email Piano mixed ability/advanced Juliet Bruce Sat 21 Sept – Sat 7 Dec 10.30am–2.30pm £80, Conc £74, Members £70.50

£155, Conc £150, Members £148

30-minute sessions. This course provides personalised sessions for pianists from all backgrounds, experience or novice. Park Singers Alison Horriben Sun 22 Sept – Sun 8 Dec 7.30pm £83, Conc £78, Members £75

This course is for solo singers of all ages. Help will be given on presentation and technique. Bracknell Community Voices


15-minute sessions. Emphasis on the enjoyment of music by playing pieces of your own choice and extending your repertoire.

Tim Cumper

Beginners Piano

Suitable for everyone, we will be working on a variety of modern material. Come and socialise, make friends and sing your heart out! Contact the box office for a ticket.

Elliot Harrison Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 4–7pm

Ceramics Open Access

£155, Conc £150, Members £148

Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson

60-minute sessions. Learn the basics of piano on keyboard in this simple to follow course.

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 7–9pm

Elliot Harrison

£9 per session

Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 5–6.30pm FREE this term but from spring term price will be £40, Members £37

Wilde Voices Tim Cumper Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 7–9pm

An untutored session for experienced ceramicists to carry on with their work. Please call our Ceramic Artist in Residence on 01344 416214 to discuss eligibility if you are not a regular student.

£55, Members £48

It is our hope to attract a solid core of at least 24 voices studying already published choral music and exciting new commissions. Suitable 16yrs+

Drop Stitch Every third Wednesday in the month 7.30–10pm Contact Sandra Welfare on 078798 50294 for further information FREE – new members are welcome

Advanced knitters in the group will be available to help with knitting problems.


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Blues Jam Every Wednesday 7.30–9pm £7

Please note all dance classes and holistic and alternative exercise classes and courses are run subject to a minimum number of participants. All courses and classes must be paid for prior to the date of the first class.

Opportunity to develop and join in live gigs. This is not an acoustic session. All instruments and vocalists welcome.

Holistic and Alternative Exercise


Pilates Matwork

Beginners Ballet

Acoustic Music

Anna Cotgreave

Teri Jones

Alternate Mondays beginning 2 Sept

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 9.30–10.45am OR 11am–12.15pm

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 6–7pm


All acoustic instruments are welcome to these sessions. Contact Russ Baleson on 07711772015 for details. Jazz Jam Every Saturday 10am–1pm £5

All welcome who are happy playing jazz standards, New Orleans and some blues. Drummer and bass players needed and vocalists welcome. Contact Bob Draper at Wednesday Modern Jammers Every Wednesday 10am–1pm £5

Modern jazz sessions for intermediates who may or may not read, but happy to improvise. Also room for vocalists. Resident rhythm section on hand. Contact

£64, Conc £62, Members £59

Gentle controlled movement patterns, with breathing and core control to increase the body’s strength and flexibility and encourage good posture.

£52, Conc £48, Members £46

This class is ideal for people who wish to start ballet for the first time or who are in need of a complete refresher course. Elementary Ballet Teri Jones

Yoga Gabriella Rees Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 8–9.30pm Thu 19 Sept – Thu 28 Nov 6.15–7.45pm £62, Conc £59, Members £57

Relaxation, stress relief, an improved posture and muscle tone as well as a healthy mind and body are all benefits of this regular yoga class. Tai Chi – Chen Style Steve Large Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 12.30–1.30pm

Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 7–8pm £60, Conc £57, Members £53

This class is aimed at those who are looking progress their technique at a comfortable speed. Advanced Ballet Teri Jones Mon 16 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 8–9.30pm £62, Conc £60, Members £57

This course is for experienced dancers with a background in ballet. It offers a higher level of technique.

£44, Conc £42, Members £40 £5.70 pay as you go

Street Vibes Workout


Sat 21 Sept – Sat 7 Dec 10.30am–12.30pm

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 6–7.15pm

South Hill Park’s Youth Theatre

£74, Conc £73, Members £70 £8.75 pay as you go

Wilde Company 16–25yrs Wed 18 Sept – Wed 4 Dec 8–10pm £120, Members & Conc £115

Working on performance skills, audition techniques and mastering all elements of the performance on stage and behind the scenes. The company will give a performance on Wed 4 Dec.

A martial art designed to help improve your general health and enjoyment through soft flowing exercises and sequences breathing meditation and visualisation. 


Alan Cunningham £62, Conc £56 Members £55

Come along and get moving and motivated with this dance/cardio workout. Alan makes getting fit a whole new experience with his combination of cool street moves and high/low impact exercises.

adult courses Full details Just Jhoom – The Bollywood Workout!

Classical/Contemporary Dance

Alex Stocker

Thu 19 Sept – Thu 28 Nov 2.20–3.20pm

Tue 17 Sept – Tue 26 Nov 7.45 - 8.45pm £53, Members & Conc £50

Inspired by the glitz and the glamour of Bollywood films, Just Jhoom! is the first and only accredited Bollywood dancefitness programme in the UK. Beginners Tap Trina Lucas Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 6.45–7.45pm £57, Conc £52, Members £50

An entertaining way to keep trim and fit. Tap or hard soled shoes with a heel will be required. Contemporary Dance John Darvell Thu 19 Sept – Thu 28 Nov Beginners 6–7pm

Di Ruddick


This class includes ballet and contemporary dance technique; it is a strength building dance class with a difference. Over 50s Strictly Dance 1-2pm or 2-3pm £47 term or £5 for drop in

The class is a great combination of non-partner dance styles ranging from Latin and salsa to soft shoe, cabaret and many more. The music and relaxed atmosphere is invigorating making you feel good. The classes above are a great opportunity to improve fitness and develop flexibility, have fun and meet new friends.

Digital Media Digital Photography Heather Young Mon 30 Sept – Mon 25 Nov 7.30–9.30pm This course will not run through half-term £143, Members & Conc £139

Designed for beginners who want to develop their skills with a digital camera beyond ‘point and shoot’ photography. Course covers camera functionality, composition, lighting, black and white photography and photographing people. Literature Workshop SHP Reading Group First Tuesday of the month 3 Sept, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec 7.30-9.30pm £6, Members £5.50

Discuss books and discover new authors with a friendly, relaxed group of people of all ages. For further information contact Vivien Becher at

£57, Conc £52, Members £50 Intermediate & Advanced 7–8.30pm £59, Conc £54, Members £52

A great way to develop the core skills and styles of contemporary dance including technique, travelling exercise and routines. Choreographic Performance Group John Darvell Thu 19 Sept – Thu 28 Nov 8.30–9.30pm £57, Conc £52, Members £50, Drop-in £6.70 For students with a sound technical ability who wish to further develop their performance skills and would like the opportunity to perform.

JOINT CLASS DEAL Join Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Performance Group get one course half price


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Booking dates Members Mon 15 July Non-members Mon 22 July

young people’s courses Full details

Term Mon 16 Sept – Sun 1 Dec  Half-term Mon 28 Oct – Sun 3 Nov Saturday courses will run an extra week due to the Craft Fair on Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov

Arts & Crafts Courses


Young People’s Music

Make Your Mark 7–11yrs

Street Vibes The Club 8–16yrs

Junior Piano 6–16yrs

Chantal Addley

Alan Cunningham

Sat 21 Sept, 5, 19 Oct, 9, 30 Nov 2–5pm

Tue 17 Sep – Tue 26 Nov 4–5.30pm

Harriet McBurnie Sat 21 Sept – Sat 7 Dec 9–10.30am

£93, Members £89

Join Chantal on a rollercoaster of discovery. With your own sketchbook as a starting point, you will collect imagery and look at artists for inspiration and then, using different media, create artworks to build your portfolio.

£43, Members £39

Locking, breaking, body popping and some smooth footwork Will be covered in this course. Twinkle Tots 2–4yrs Antonia Hall 2–3yrs Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 3.30–4pm

Michael Bridgeman 10.30am–12.30pm £75, Members £70

15-minute lessons. Individually tutored fun, friendly classes covering exam work if required. Junior Flute 6–16 yrs Jane Howard

Make Your Mark Teen 12yrs+

3–4yrs Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 4–4.30pm

Sat 21 Sept – Sat 7 Dec 10.30am onwards

Chantal Addley

£37, Members £34

£130, Conc £125, Members £119

Fun, imaginative introduction to basic ballet through the use of stories and themes.

30-minute lessons. Ideal for complete beginners and those with some flute experience. Adult beginners welcome.

Sat 28 Sept, 12, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 7 Dec 11.30am–2.30pm or 3–6pm £93, Members £89

Need to add excitement to your portfolio or just want to do art for fun? Join us in a relaxed environment to experiment with different media. Take the lead in exploring your own creativity, supported by the tutor artist. Arts Award Make Your Mark and Youth Theatre now come with the opportunity to work towards the nationally recognised arts qualification. Speak to your tutor about suitability before purchasing an Arts Award pack from Box Office. Pack will be delivered to your SHP tutor. Arts Award Discover £7 Arts Award Explore £16 Bronze Award £29 Silver Award £33.50 Gold Award (35 UCAS points) £46 Discover & Explore packs include: logbook, stickers, moderation and certificate Bronze, Silver and Gold Packs include: guidance booklet, badge moderation and Certificate

Budding Ballerina 4–5yrs Antonia Hall Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 4.30–5.15pm £47, Members £44

This course begins to follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus. Teen Ballet 11–18yrs Antonia Hall Fri 20 Sept – Fri 29 Nov 5.15–6.15pm £58, Members £55

For complete beginners or those who have done very little ballet in the past building a strong foundation for further study. Berkshire County Dance Company Youth! 13–21 yrs

Drama South Hill Park’s Youth Theatre Chantal Addley, Mark Hooper and Joey Malyan Wilde-wannabies 6–11yrs Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 4–5.30pm £90, Members £87 Wilde-ways 11–16yrs Wed 18 Sept – Wed 27 Nov 5.45–7.45pm £120, Members £115

Explore exciting methods of developing theatre with young people in a ways appropriate to age and interests. Missed Out Young Producers Group 14–26yrs Mark Hooper, Chantal Addley, Brad Clapson

Lena Dee

Contact mark.hooper@southhillpark. for information

Sunday by audition only

Every Monday 6–8pm

Please contact lena.dee@ for information

Free – collect application from Box Office 


Get involved in everything: children’s performance, local band and comedy nights.

adult workshops Taster Life Drawing Morning

Arts & Crafts Stained Glass Day

Wed 30 Oct 7–9pm

Caroline Loveys Sun 6 Oct 11am–5pm £52, Conc £51, Members £50

£19, Conc £18, Members £17


Learn the basic stained glass techniques by choosing from a variety 2D or 3D projects. Materials and equipment are supplied. No experience necessary.


Ceramics for the Festive Season £34, Conc £33, Members £32

Using porcelain clay, make and decorate individual Christmas decorations for your tree. These would make great Christmas presents for friends and family. Price includes cost of porcelain. A small charge is made in the studio for glazing – which is optional.

Decorative Wire and Paper Birds

£46, Conc £45, Members £44

Make a beautiful festive angel using stained glass techniques, with excellent guidance from our stained glass tutor. Materials and equipment are supplied. No experience necessary.

Sun 1 Dec 10am–1pm

An introduction or refresher course in life drawing, using a professional life model. Exploring a variety of observational drawing techniques, investigating line, tone and texture. All materials provided.

Sat 30 Nov 10am–4pm

Caroline Loveys £52, Conc £51, Members £50


Flora Gare

Stained Glass Angel Sun 8 Dec 11am–5pm

Throwing mixed ability

Flora Gare




With expert tuition, this mixed ability course is ideal for beginners or those needing help improving their throwing techniques. Price inclusive of basic materials.

Songwriter’s Workshop Sat 2 Nov – Sat 3 Nov 9am–5pm £50 Conc £47, Members £45

Flora Gare


A day workshop learning how to use the elasticity of willow and the flexibility of cane to construct and weave a sculpture. Suitable for all. Willow and cane is provided, please bring gloves and secateurs. Press Tool Making intermediate/advanced Artist in Residence Louise Walker Sun 1 Sept 11am–5pm £46, Conc £45, Members £44

Make your own wooden and steel press tool, which can then be used to press multiple forms in silver or copper to produce your own silverware & jewellery designs. Material costs for metal are additional.


£69, Conc £67, Members £65

Andy Pearce

Willow and Cane sculpture

£46, Conc £45, Members £44

Sat 7 Dec 10am–4pm


Build wire frames and explore layering paper-maché using a range of papers such as maps, texts and printed music.

Sat 2 Nov 10am–4pm

Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson


Combining songwriting tools with individual reflections on subject ideas, budding songwriter’s will hone their skills to write and develop a song over the two days. Holistic and Alternative Exercise Alexander Technique Workshop Martin Smith Sat 8 Nov 2.30–5pm £27, Members £21.50


A body awareness workshop that helps with poise and balance. For further information call 01753 850613. Tea Dance Lesley and Alan Speight Sun 22 Sept & 24 Nov 3.15–5.30pm £8.50 couples, £5 single

Our monthly Tea Dances are now a firm favourite for Sunday afternoons. Come and ‘trip the light fantastic’.

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young people’s workshops New year Play with Clay

Arts and Crafts Half-term Parent and Child Clay Workshop

Fri 3 Jan 10–12noon

Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson £18, Members £17 

£18, Members £17 


This workshop gives children and their parents the opportunity to explore and learn about the possibilities of pottery together.



£18, Members £17  per 2hr session

£18, Members £17 

Thu 2 Jan 10am–12noon


Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery, make spooky pumpkins and ghosties in this special Halloween themed Play with Clay. Price inclusive of materials.

4–11yrs Victoria Spearing £18, Members £17 

Eleven Nineteen (11/19) Fri 7–9.30pm £1




Learn to unicycle, poi, juggle, tight rope walk, diablo, devil stick, walk on stilts, plate spin, pedal go and much more.

Live Web TV 13-16yrs


Spend your morning using clay, collage, drawing and sculpture with lots to take home at the end of the session. Expert advice and guidance given. Dress for mess! Price inclusive of materials.

Spend your morning using clay, collage, drawing and sculpture with lots to take home at the end of the session. Expert advice and guidance given. Dress for mess. Price inclusive of materials.

Fri 1 Nov 1-5pm

Digital Media

Weekly workshops in arts activities for young people aged between 11 and 19. Pick up a flyer for the full schedule of activities.

Half-term Art Factory

Wed 30 Oct 10am–12noon

Chantal Addley and Mark Hooper


Christmas Holiday Art Factory Victoria Spearing

Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson


Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery, including hand building and throwing using air drying clay. Price inclusive of materials.

Half-term Halloween Play with Clay

Tue 29 Oct 10–12noon

Half-term Circus Skills Workshop

Artist in Residence Samantha Robertson


Thu 31 Oct 10am–12noon



Steve Jackman Tue 29 – Wed 30 Oct 10am–5pm £82

Learn to produce, shoot and edit a series of programme features over two days - which will be transmitted in a twenty-minute live webcast mixed with on-thespot content. Create current news, drama and reports from our very own SHPLive studio and live broadcast on YouTube.

adult digital media  events & workshops Social Video for Business

Digital SLR: Portrait Photography

Helen Pritchard

Alex Harvey-Brown

Sat 28 Sept 11am–5pm

Sat 19 Oct 10.30am–5pm

Thu 15 Aug and Thu 17 Oct 7pm


£55, Members & Conc £51

Free (booking required)

Get your message across with engaging digital video. Gain the skills and knowledge to plan, shoot, edit, upload and share. Suitable for individuals or those who work within marketing or business web teams, who are tasked with producing multimedia content for their organisation.

Explore use of natural light outside and controlled studio lighting to capture portrait images during a day that combines technical tutoring with practical work with models.

Berkshire Digital Twitter: @BerksDigital

Digital community for businesses in Berkshire. Stimulating monthly business presentation and network meeting for local digital, web, marketing and tech business people.

£108, Members & Conc £105

Thea Stallwood £55, Members & Conc £51

Martin Franklin/Emma Cossey Sat 5 & 12 Oct 10.30–5pm

Publishing with InDesign CS6 Sat 26 Oct 11am–5pm

Web Design with Wordpress


No HTML required to take this quick start guide to the versatile Wordpress platform. Covers posting, accounts, administration, themes, popular plugins, plus a day on content creation blogging and techniques to drive traffic to your site.



Design books plus posters, leaflets, magazines and ebooks directly from within Adobe InDesign. Learn creative page layouts, typography and templates, plus from integrated online publishing through

Photo: Kevin Byrne

Digital SLR: Twilight Photography


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The Art of Field Recording

Digital SLR: Twilight Photography

The Art of Field Recording

Roy Matthews

Jez Riley French

Sat 9 Nov 3–9pm £55, Members & Conc £51

Using artificial light to create stunning illuminated images outdoors around the Mansion and grounds, using the vibrant autumn colours to add extra interest. Participants should bring camera (with manual setting), tripod, outdoor clothes and a powerful torch. Tutor, Roy Matthews is a freelance professional and also teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts.


A Quiet Position: Audio Screening

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov 11am–5.30pm

Sat 23 Nov 6pm

£130, Members £126



Unearth the extraordinary creative potential of contemporary audio recording with expert guidance in use of conventional and contact microphones, hydrophones, ultrasonic detectors and geophones. The weekend will combine practical recording and consultation sessions, plus an audio screening of submitted recordings from international field recordists.

Astounding natural sounds from around the world, captured and submitted by independent recording artists and curated by Jez Riley French. Information for submissions via or email

Code Club We are planning to join the network of voluntary Code Club host venues this autumn. Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9–11yrs. If you have technical skills and would like to tutor a group, or if you have a budding young coder who would like to join us for a weekend day or early evening session, please contact Martin Franklin, or see for details. 


shp live SHPLive is our innovative programme to develop live streamed performance direct from South Hill Park. See for details

Broadcast Conversations: Local broadcasting and global audiences Wed 2 Oct 1.30–4pm

Broadcast Conversations are a series of roundtable discussions coordinated by the Community Media Association, discussing aspects of arts broadcasting relevant to arts and community media collaboration. Individually chaired and documented these events will provide a focused space to explore key issues. Local broadcasting and global audiences will be the subject discussed at South Hill Park on 2 Oct from 1.30–4pm


Out and about Our SHPLive streaming service is delivering live productions for other events and performances. This autumn sees us working with the Dance Movement, Aldeburgh Music, Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture and others. See for details.

Christmas Show live stream Our annual spectacular family Christmas show will be live streamed from the Wilde Theatre to children’s hospices and hospital wards around the country. Contact for details.

Email for details of how to participate. Funded by Arts Council England these events are part of a wider Community Media Association programme bringing together community broadcasters and artists to explore broadcast opportunities.


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Josh Widdicombe

Bond! Gavin Robertson

Josh Widdicombe

Fri 1 Nov 7.30pm

Wilde Theatre

Wilde Theatre

£15 includes £1 ticket levy

£11, Under 21s £9

Now regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit Josh is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Josh is fast establishing himself on the live circuit supporting huge comic talent such as Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr and Shappi Khorsandi.

Gavin Robertson’s one man comedy play focuses his attention on the Bond phenomenon, exploding every cliché in the book(s)… solo! In which Bond meets his greatest arch-villain yet – Ian Fleming himself! His brand of physical comedy has toured the world including India, Russia, Australia and the USA. ‘Gavin Robertson performs with a subtle authority that is compelling to watch’  The Guardian

Thu 5 Dec 8pm

‘Josh’s straightforward stand-up show on life’s little – and big – irritations felt like a veritable palate-cleansing sorbet. Good, smart, clean fun, plus a witty Laser Quest routine’  Bruce Dessau

Please note: this is a comedy play not stand-up 


The Comedy Cellar Every Friday Doors open 8pm, show starts at 8.30pm Adults 18yrs+ only Cellar Bar

£12, Members £11  m

This season’s acts include Adam Bloom, Jen Brister, Paul Tonkinson, Andy Askins, Andre Vincent, Paul Myrehaug, Tom Webb and many, many more. We return on Fri 6 Sept. Why not make a night of it and have a burger and beer before you go down to the Cellar for a night of comedy. See back cover for details.


East Berkshire Operatic Society

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

For your edification, enlightenment and entertainment Mr Julian Hirst proudly presents EBOS Musical Theatre Company performing in

Old Time Music Hall

Fri 6 – Sat 7 Sept 7.30pm

Book by Larry L King & Peter Masterton Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

Sat Mat 2pm

Amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

Wilde Theatre £15, Conc £14, Members £13, Under 21s and organised groups £10 Matinée £12 all tickets except organised groups


Sing along to your favourite old-time songs whilst marvelling at the madcap mayhem and astounding feats of our internationally renowned artistes. It’s your chance to enjoy and experience the true spirit of the bygone age of the British Music Hall whilst supporting South Hill Park and EBOS in this fundraising event.

Tue 5 – Sat 9 Nov 7.30pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm Wilde Theatre Tue Eve & Sat Mat £15, Wed & Thu £16 Upper Tier rows B & R £15 Fri & Sat Eve £17, Upper Tier Rows B & R £16 All prices include £1 ticket surcharge from the theatre

Based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, known as the Chicken Ranch, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. The Ranch thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas, was protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians and other prominent people. However, a radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Ranch forcing it to shut its doors forever.

Starmaker Theatre Company

CATS Youth Group Production Wed 9 – Sat 12 Oct 7.45pm Sat Mat 3pm Wilde Theatre Wed –Thu & Sat Mat £17, £15, £11, Conc £15, £13, £9 Fri–Sat £19.50, £17, £15 All prices include £1 ticket surcharge from the theatre Tickets available online at, Starmaker box office 0118 988 7959 or South Hill Park box office or website

Forces Sweethearts

For the first time in this area, Starmaker is proud to have been allowed to stage CATS Youth Group Production, as a sequel to their production of Les Misérables Schools Edition earlier this year to spacked houses.

Forces Sweethearts are back with a special Christmas edition of their popular wartime nostalgia show. Many of the great Christmas songs were written during the 40s or early 50s, so get ready to sing along to all your festive favourites.

Mon 16 Dec 2pm Wilde Theatre £13, £15.50 includes afternoon tea after the performance


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Fri 20 – Sat 21 Sept 7.30pm  |  Wilde Theatre  |  £15 Special preview performances exclusive to members of South Hill Park

The nation’s favourite cookery show live on stage. Star host Russell Grant and TV chef Lesley Waters are joined by a celebrity chef serving up all the favourite ingredients of Britain’s best loved cooking show. Will ‘Green Peppers’ or ‘Red Tomatoes’ triumph? Decide and vote at Ready Steady Cook Live! Become a member today and see these preview performances.

The Unimaginatively Titled Pub Cellar Quiz With BBC Radio Berkshire’s Rory McAllister

Cabaret @ the Cellar Sun 8 Sept, 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec Doors 7pm – Show 7.30pm Cellar Bar

Suitable 18 yrs+

£10.50 inc ticket levy

Thu 3 Oct & Thu 28 Nov 8pm

Cabarets feature a West End headliner, with local performers and arts students supporting.

Cellar Bar £7 per ticket (max 6 people per team)

The regular sell-out Pub Cellar Quiz hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire’s Rory McAllister, is back for the Autumn & Winter season. There’ll be unusual gifts under the lights on the prize table and if you’ve been before you already know there’s the chance of going home from the quiz with TV’s Sue Barker! Expect the usual favourite questions, plus a few tweaks with television game shows. It’s always a great laugh and a great night out for you and your friends or colleagues.

Bracknell Flower Arranging Society presents

A Carol for Christmas Floral demonstration by the national demonstrator Mr Michael Bowyer Mon 11 Nov 7.30pm £15 Wilde Theatre Sales table, raffle and refreshments available 



Dr Phil Hammond Games to Play with your Doctor Thu 12 Sept 7.30pm Wilde Theatre £16, Conc £15, NHS employees £14 (proof of ID required)

But wouldn’t a trip to the doctor or a rush up to A&E be much more fun if it was a game? In his brand new show, Dr Phil turns the whole of medicine into a succession of games for you to play with your doctor. What’s the diagnosis? What’s the misdiagnosis? Why are you doing that to me doctor? How long have I got? What are you doing with all our money? And when did you last wash your hands?

Ben Portsmouth and the TCE Band Fri 4 Oct 8pm Wilde Theatre £20

Ben Portsmouth captures each stage of Elvis’s career whilst maintaining a style and presence of his own. Experience the essence and spirit of what it must have been like to see the young ‘King’ perform. Ben was crowned the Worldwide Ultimate Tribute Artist by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis in August of 2012 and has been honoured to appear as a special guest on the David Letterman show. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the undisputed Ultimate Elvis that is Ben Portsmouth.

Kieran Powell · Look Who’s Talking

Missed Out

Wed 30 Oct 7.30pm

Till Death Do Us Party

Suggested age 7yrs+

Suitable for 16yrs+

Wilde Theatre £13, Members £11, Under 21s £10

Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm   11   m

This fabulous show introduces award-winning teenage ventriloquist Kieran Powell and his puppet companions Angus (the gorilla), Dave (the dinosaur), Artie (the raccoon) and Ernie (he’s green and furry). Join hilarious and hugely talented Kieran, his friends and a special guest or two for music, laughter and games and see if you can see ‘who’s talking’. ‘It was great to see terrific young ventriloquist Keiran Powell. His technique was brilliant and he had a fascinating array of characters.’  Jimmy Cricket

Wilde Theatre £3 in advance, £5 on the door This is a wrist band event, please bring ID

Too old for trick or treating? Come and party in the Wilde Theatre with some incredible bands and performers. Valour are reuniting for one night only, alongside the spectacular Manhatten Coast, not to mention Febueder, Mountains, Mark Weaver and Joe Emmet. There will be a side splitting performance by up-and-coming comedian, Ryan Dalton, dance and rap artists. Did we mention it’s fancy dress?

‘absolutely fantastic’  Scott Mills, BBC Radio 1


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Purple Zepplin

The Small Fakers

Sat 2 Nov 7.30pm

Wed 4 Dec 8pm

Wilde Theatre £18, Conc £17, Members £16


Voted Best Tribute Act of 2012, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest rock bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill for the very first time. Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.

Wilde Theatre £16

The Small Fakers are established in the premiership of tribute acts. They have played the Isle of Wight festival four times since forming and in 2008, the day after headlining the festival with his fellow Sex Pistols, bass player Glen Matlock joined The Fakers onstage to perform what many people regard at the Small Faces’ ultimate track, their 1966 number one ‘All or Nothing’. During this fab evening you will hear the best of The Small Faces hits including ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’, ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’ and many others.

PLATINUM – The Live ABBA Tribute Show

King of Pop: The Legend Continues

Wed 11 Dec 8pm

Wilde Theatre

Wilde Theatre



King Of Pop: The Legend Continues is led by the world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi, which alone sets this show above the rest.  Navi is the only MJ tribute ever invited to perform for Michael himself. Michael actually stood up and gave Navi a standing ovation after he performed at one of his birthday parties in LA. 

Thu 12 Dec 7.30pm

Internationally acclaimed PLATINUM – The Live ABBA Tribute Show returns with its incredible tribute to one of the greatest music acts of all time. Described by the Evening Standard as ‘better than the original’, the breathtaking show has to be seen to be believed. More than just a tribute, with stunning musicianship, the meticulously crafted, electrifying performance will appeal to all ages. This stunning live show promises an unforgettable evening of singing and dancing. Book early to avoid disappointment. 


Along with his live band and dancers, Navi recreates all the Jackson classics such as ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Black or White’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’. A show for the whole family.

family entertainment

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Paper Balloon Theatre Company

Goodge Entertainment in association with Steve Hughes Productions

Mon 14 – Wed 16 Oct 7pm

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

Wilde Theatre

Suitable 4–11yrs

£9.50, Conc £7.50

Mon 28 Oct 11am & 2pm

Suitable 3–7yrs

South Hill Park Arts Centre is delighted to welcome the UK’s largest Youth Drama Festival

Studio Theatre

Wed 30 Oct 11am & 2pm

£10, Children £6.50

Wilde Theatre

Grumpy seven-year-old Zachary is fed up with feeling average. Join Paper Balloon on Zachary’s journey into a surreal and entrancing world to discover what makes him special. A host of hilarious characters combine with international award-winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’s trademark sharp dialogue in this unique twist on an adventure tale.

£6, Family £20

‘vibrant and engaging’...

Two wonderful children’s tales comes to life on stage with audience interaction. This is a magical introduction to theatre for young children.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays. Come along and celebrate the achievements of your local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment. ‘Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process’ 

‘All ages were enamoured’  Lorna McGinty, Education and Heritage Co ordinator, Hoxton Hall

Teddy Times Classic Children’s Stories Brought to Life

It’s bedtime for Lily – she knows bedtime is never fun without a story from her magic storybook. Come, bring your teddy along and watch Lily reveal two favourite children’s classics; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. Maybe your teddies can be part of the story as Lily tells the tales. 

Philip Pullman, SSF patron

Details of participating schools and their performance day can be obtained from the Box Office.


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Membership Big benefits from your arts centre As a member you will be entitled to a wide variety of benefits to enjoy everything we have to offer, don’t miss out.

Benefits for members 


priority booking – at least seven days before non-members allowing you to book the seats of your choice

brochures sent regularly to your home

membership card

invitations to special events

(eg pre-show talks, private views)

discount on tickets

discount on courses

discount on workshops

quiz nights

Buy nine meals, get the tenth free (get your loyalty card stamped every time you have a meal)

exhibitions SHP Summer Open

End of Residency Exhibition

Flora Gare

Holly Barton

Bracknell Gallery & Mansion Galleries

Tall Hall & Reception

Sat 3 Aug – Sun 22 Sept Private view Fri 2 Aug 6.30–8pm · all welcome Sat 5 Oct – Sun 17 Nov Private view Fri 4 Oct 6.30–8pm · all welcome

Holly Barton’s time at South Hill Park has been used to explore the fundamentals of jewellery design and revisit her love of unusual stone settings.

Flora Gare, Sounding the depths

Fusing this with her previous collections inspired by science the collection has a fresh and sophisticated feel. This collection is a personal exploration of jewellery pieces using semi-precious stones. The Stones have been collected over the years of her career and represent the goals and achievements gained during this time.

All at Sea Print Gallery Mon 30 Sept – Mon 18 Nov Private view Fri 4 Oct 6.30–8pm · all welcome

On the ocean waves or a voyage around a well-used phrase. Following the 40th birthday celebrations during the summer of SHP Arts Centre and their first theatre performance Moby Dick, and coinciding with the Artists in Residence retrospective, Print @ the Park give their interpretations of this nautical term.

A Teller of Tales Print Gallery Tue 19 Nov – Sun 26 Jan Private view Fri 29 Nov 6.30–8pm · all welcome

The pieces represent an appreciation of self-achievement and open up the idea of a gift for one’s self.

Artist in Residence Retrospective Mansion Spaces Sat 5 Oct – Sun 10 Nov Private view Fri 4 Oct 6.30–8pm · all welcome

In celebration of South Hill Parks 40th Birthday, over 30 previous resident artists from disciplines such as silversmithing, printmaking and ceramics have been invited back the arts centre for retrospective. (more text to follow)

They say every picture tells a story. Print @ the Park tells you theirs. The Print @ the Park group comprises a growing number of artists, based at South Hill Park, who work in the medium of print, embracing the many facets of printmaking from etching to lithography, linocuts and mono-prints.


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The Bracknell Gallery opening times  Thu–Sat 1–8pm · Sun 1–5pm Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Arts Week 2013 Community Gallery Sat 30 Nov – Sun 26 Jan

20:20 Print Exchange Private view Fri 29 Nov 6.30–8pm · all welcome

Long Gallery

Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield parishes launch the eighth Arts Week this October half-term 27 Oct – 3 Nov. Over forty free events will take place this year during Arts Week from dance to painting, from children’s theatre to organ recital.

Sat 30 Nov – Sun 26 Jan Private view Fri 29 Nov 6.30–8pm · all welcome

South Hill Park will be showcasing the 2013 Arts Week mural created by local arts groups and college students in their community gallery this year. Six prizewinning works will also be on display by local resident artists in the Brownlow Hall exhibition for their achievements in textiles, woodwork, sculpture, painting, sketching and photography.

Designed to Serve Mirror Gallery Sat 30 Nov – Sun 26 Jan Private view Fri 29 Nov 6.30–8pm · all welcome

A joint exhibition by Artists in Residence Louise Walker and Samantha Robertson, showcasing a celebration of their shared passion for design and functionality within their respective disciplines. The work displayed demonstrates the relationship between contemporary silversmithing and ceramics. Louise explores combining contrasting metals and pushing the boundaries of traditional silversmithing ideas. She takes the conventional technique of silver soldering to a new level, developing the skill to discover new applications. Samantha’s concern with form and function combined with a love of food and drink has resulted in a range of tableware designed for purpose. Simple wheel thrown and press moulded tableware are complemented with colourful slip decoration inspired by the natural environment. 


For the third year the Printroom at South Hill Park Arts Centre is taking part in the 20:20 Print Exchange, a project estimated to involve over 400 artists across 33 printmaking studios. Each artist creates an edition of 25 prints the size being 20cm square, which are collated and redistributed randomly. The entire 20:20 collection will be on tour across the UK and a selection of prints will be on display in the Long Gallery.

Local Societies and Clubs South Hill Park Arts Centre hosts a number of different clubs and societies, which always welcome new members.

Berkshire ARTs Academy


Vesna Christovic

Park Scribblers Mon 9 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec 7.30–9.30pm Contact Trisha Longworth at trisha. or 01344 291 484 for more information.

Sat 7 Sept – Sat 14 Dec no classes 26 Oct, 2 & 16 Nov

6–9yrs Sat 1–3pm

£6 pay as you go or £20 per month by standing order payable to the tutor Come and join us for this crazy, totally liberating, fun packed hour of high calorie-burning energizing PARTY of a workout! Regardless of your ability, age, size or shape you’ll be reaping the benefits of this ‘exercise in disguise’ while having fun and an excellent cardio workout dancing your socks off to the infectious latin-salsa-merenguecumbia-cha-cha-jive-bollywood-flamenco and many more. All levels welcome.

Thames Voyces Dawn Pickett 01252 558225. Tuesdays 7.45–9.45pm. All year round. Termly subscriptions payable directly to treasurer. Park Opera Sue Mainwaring Secretary Park Opera Pinwydden, 149B Macdonald Road Lightwater Surrey GU18 5UR 07968 197154 Thursdays 8–10pm. Annual subscription of £25 payable directly to Secretary. The Supertonics David Ludgate Wednesdays 8–10pm. All year round. £1 per session. Berkshire Guitar Society Gavin Smith 01483 744800. Second Sunday in each month 7.30–10.30pm.

Heritage Days Thu 12 Sept 4–5pm  Come and enjoy a guided tour of the historic grounds of South Hill Park. They have recently been restored to the design by Temple Moore, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. 5.30–6.30pm  Tour of the mansion originally built in 1760 for William Watts but largely rebuilt in the 1890s to Temple Moore’s design for Sir Arthur Hayter. Come to either or both events with the opportunity for further questions and a drink between or after the two.

10–12yrs Sat 3–6pm 13yrs+ Sat 3–6pm BARTA provide drama, dance and vocal training for children aged 6–16yrs on Saturday afternoons at South Hill Park. Our teachers are experienced actors, musicians, choreographers and dancers who perform in professional productions throughout the UK. We offer training, put on performances and hold a range of workshopsfrom leading industry professional dancers, actors and coaches. A FREE trial session is offered to all new students. To book a trial or ask any questions please call 07825 558757 or 01344 424138. BARTA are bringing Bugsy Malone to the Wilde Theatre in 2014, contact us for more information and audition details.

SOTA Bracknell Sun 22 Sept – Sun 15 Dec Half-term Sun 27 Oct & Sun 3 Nov School Of The Arts (SOTA) runs dance, singing and drama classes for 3–16yrs every Sunday. All teachers are highly qualified and experienced and pupils also have the opportunity to join a professional agency. A FREE sample session is offered. To enrol email, call 0845 3719838 or visit

Every Wednesday 8–9pm

Red Hat Salsa Every Monday 7.30–8.30pm absolute beginners or improvers 1 8.30–9.30pm beginners or improvers 2 9.30–11pm dancing £8, Conc £5 for one class including dancing Special fun and friendly classes for absolute beginners every Monday. Plus five other levels – catering for everyone. For information call 0118 966 8292 or visit

Bracknell Forest Natural History Society Recital Room 8pm

SOTA Seeds 

Visitors £3

3–4yrs 10–10.45am 3–5yrs 11–11.45am

Chasing Birds in Berkshire

£70 per 10-week term SOTA Sapphires 

Fraser Cottington Mon 16 Sept Ethiopia by Chris Lovell

5–6 yrs 10–11am £80 per 10-week term SOTA Sunday Stage School 6–16 yrs 10am–1pm £240 per 10 week term

Mon 21 Oct Bio-control of Alien Plants Djami Djeddour Mon 18 Nov Dragonflies by Des Sussex Mon 16 Dec


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South Hill Park · Berkshire’s perfect event venue Whether it is professional and efficient conference services, corporate fun days, private functions and parties, or the idyllic surroundings and atmosphere for a romantic wedding; South Hill Park Arts Centre is Berkshire’s perfect event venue. Haversham Room

Garden Room

Recital Room

Italian Gardens

Steeped in local history, the magnificent mansion house offers rooms of distinction and marries the beauty of original design with the provision of high standards of catering. Set in 18 acres of landscaped gardens and park land, South Hill Park offers a combination of versatility, innovation, tradition, uniqueness, attention to detail and an unrivalled service; a very special place indeed.

This is how to contact us

We can cater for your private event, wedding, conference or fun day out offering a range of packages to suit your personal requirements. South Hill Park also offers programmed events throughout the year in our Wilde Theatre, Studio Theatre and Cellar Bar as well as the many rooms housed within our eighteenth-century mansion.

For weddings, functions and conferences 01344 413514

All profits generated from your event will be used to continue varied arts programmes throughout the year.

For performance venue hire 01344 413529

Cellar Bar

Studio Theatre 

South Hill Park Ringmead Bracknell Berkshire RG12 7PA

Wilde Theatre


information get the most from your visit

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Combining the best of digital and analogue equipment, providing release quality results All genres of music catered for from bands and acoustic artists to voiceover work etc All projects welcome, from rough demos to fully produced singles, eps and albums We also specialise in mixing and mastering of pre-recorded material To discuss a project: or 01344 416202

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The Digital Media Suite is generously supported by John Nike and the John Nike Group of Companies

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Step Up for South Hill Park Since the summer SHP has an exciting new supporter’s scheme, Step Up for South Hill Park. So far this has raised over £5000 from supporters and a good few thousand pounds from various fundraising events. The support has been amazing so far and we would like to thank all of those who have ‘stepped up’. There are three levels of support: Patron at the Park  £100 per annum or £8.50 per month Producer’s Circle  £250 per annum or £22 per month Director’s Circle  £500 per annum or £42 per month If you would like to know more about this wonderful scheme or if you would like to join, please visit or call the Head of Marketing on 01344 413511

Cinema Don’t forget films are shown throughout the week in our unique 60-seat cinema – from blockbusters to independents to the best foreign films, we cater for all tastes. See our Film leaflet for details.

Bracknell Film Society For all film-lovers, in the cinema, the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Julia Vickers on 0118 961 1392.


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How to book



Tickets may be exchanged up to 24 hours before the performance. Please bring your tickets to the box office in advance to arrange your exchange.

Please visit By phone 01344 484123 During the hours of 7 and 8pm our box office staff are extremely busy – you may experience a delay in your call being answered. By post Send us details of your booking requirements with a SAE. Cheques made payable to South Hill Park Trust Limited. In person Call into the Arts Centre and we can take your booking personally.

Payment An 80p admin fee is charged per transaction for bookings made with credit and debit cards in person and over the telephone. Online bookings are subject to a charge of £1.25 per booking. A levy of up to £1 is included in the ticket price to go towards the SHP Development Fund.

Reservations Reservations can be held for four days or until 48 hours prior to a performance. Reservations cannot be made on the day of the performance. Tickets not paid for within this time will be released. We are unable to reserve tickets for near sell-out shows.

Special offers Please note that only one special offer or discount can be applied to each event.

Tickets and concessions Concessions are available to children, students, registered unemployed, registered disabled and those in retirement and when available are shown next to the event. Please bring proof of status.

Refunds and resales Tickets, once purchased, cannot be refunded. If the show is sold out, we can try to resell your tickets for you. A £1 administration fee per ticket is charged. Resale cannot be guaranteed.

Data protection When booking a ticket, your details will be held on our database and you will be given the option of being sent information on future shows both at South Hill Park and by other arts promoters that we feel may be of interest to you. At this point please advise us should you not require either of these services.

Access We try to accommodate all visitors to the Art Centre facilities. There are disabled parking bays and ramped access to the premises allowing easy entry to the reception area. There is lift access to the first floors in the main mansion and Theatre allowing people to visit the theatre bar and Bracknell Gallery. There are also adapted toilets equipped with emergency alarms. There may be restricted access to parts of the building due to its eighteenth-century listed status, however, every effort is being made to address this and we recommend pre-booking and we will assist you in any way possible. Helpers accompanying people with disabilities are entitled to a complimentary ticket, please advise box office staff of any special requirements you have when making your booking. An infra-red hearing system has been installed in the Studio and Wilde theatres and a £5 deposit will be required.

Many thanks to all who have already made donations to the cinema appeal. You truly are South Hill Park cinema stars. Your donations have really made a big difference and we have already been able to start on some of work taking the first steps towards the full digital upgrade. The final push is on to raise the funds to complete the project and totally secure the future of the cinema. If you want to find out how you could help please pick up a Cinema Appeal leaflet from reception.

Legacy South Hill Park Arts Centre is a place where you can spend your life. A cup of coffee on that first date, then dinner and a show, a proposal in the Italian Gardens, followed by a wedding reception in the Recital Room. A few years later you can visit the panto with the children and encourage them to embark on a journey through the arts. Years later, they might even have that cup of coffee on that first date at SHP. It’s a place that can stay with you for a lifetime. Or maybe you were once a stoat in Wind in the Willows, and you have seen your child as a stoat years later. Maybe one day your grandchild will be a stoat… Have you ever considered supporting South Hill Park by leaving a donation in your legacy? It can help ensure that generations to come can enjoy SHP just as you have. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please contact SHP’s Head of Marketing on 01344 413511.

The details in the brochure were correct at the time of going to press. However, South Hill Park reserves the right to make changes to the published programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to make discounted ticket offers to selected current or potential customers at any time. 

Cinema Appeal


Diary  our guide to this season – at a glance September 3 Aug 6 6–7 8 10 12 12–13 13 14 15 16 18–21 20 20–21 22 26–28 28 30

Bracknell Gallery & Mansion Galleries Recital Room Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Grounds and Mansion Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre & SHP Grounds Wilde Theatre Recital Room Studio Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Recital Room Print Gallery

SHP Summer Open until 22 Sept


Bracknell Jazz – Mark Nightingale Old Time Music Hall Cabaret @ the Cellar Local Bands Showcase Dr Phil Hammond Heritage Days Royal Flush Three Trapped Tigers Ständchen; Schubert Lieder with Guitar A Festival of Folk Worbey & Farrell Chasing Birds in Berkshire Holidays Conservatoire Concert – Mikhail Shilyaev Ready Steady Cook – Members Only evening French Can Can USSR vs USA Solo Piano Recital Dracula Folking Live Raymond Burley All at Sea until 18 Nov

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Cellar Bar Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Mansion Spaces Tall Hall and Reception Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Recital Room Cellar Bar Various Venues Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre

Blues and Boogies Misanthrope Joss Arnott Dance Double-bill The Unimaginatively Titled Pub Cellar Quiz Ben Portsmouth and the TCE Band Mid Wales Opera - Albert Herring Simon Mayor and Hilary James Artist in Residence Retrospective until 10 Nov Holly Barton End of Residency Exhibition until 17 Nov CATS Youth Group Production Pericles Prince of Tyre Bracknell Jazz – Steve Waterman Park Opera – Opera Pops Cabaret @ the Cellar Shakespeare Schools Festival Blues and Boogies The Little Soldiers As You Like It Casa Margarita Vanquish Entertainment Best of BE Festival Ethiopia by Chris Lovell Fawlty Towers Conservatoire Concert – Chiyan Wong Folking Live Berkshire Wedding Fair The Grumpiest Boy in the World Independance Kieran Powell – Look Who’s Talking

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Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre

Teddy Times Supertonics Missed Out’s Till Death Do Us Party Birdy

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November 1 2 4–6 5–9 6 6–9 7–8 8 10 11 12–13 16–17 18 19 20 21 22 22–23 23 27–30 28 30

Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar The Bracknell Gallery Studio Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Recital Room Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Various Venues Recital Room Print Gallery Studio Theatre Studio Theatre Recital Room Studio Theatre Cellar Bar Studio Theatre Cellar Bar Mirror Gallery Community Gallery Long Gallery

Bond! – Gavin Robertson Bracknell Jazz – Colin Oxley Purple Zepplin Macbeth: In Pitch Black The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Blues and Boogies Antigone Our Friends, The Enemy Conservatoire Concert – Ivan Hovorun Ballet Theatre UK West Forest Sinfonia Cabaret @ the Cellar Bracknell Flower Arranging Society Othello Craft Fair Bio-Control of Alien Plants A Teller of Tales until 26 Jan The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill Instructions for a Better Life Conservatoire Concert – Karim Said Shakers Re-stirred Folking Live The Pillowman The Unimaginatively Titled Pub Cellar Quiz Designed to Serve until 26 Jan Arts Week 2013 until 26 Jan 20:20 Print Exchange until 26 Jan

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December 3 4 5 5–6 6 7 8 11 11–13 12 13 14 15 16 18 20

Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre Recital Room Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Cellar Bar Wilde Theatre Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Studio Theatre Cellar Bar Studio Theatre Wilde Theatre Recital Room Wilde Theatre Recital Room

A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 7.45pm The Small Fakers Josh Widdicombe A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 7.45pm Conservatoire Concert – Veronika Shoot A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 2 &7.45pm Thames Voyces Jingle Bells Cabaret @ the Cellar Platinum – The Live ABBA Tribute Show A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 7.45pm King of Pop: The Legend Continues Conservatoire Concert – Inga Liukaityte A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 2 & 7.45pm Folking Live A Christmas Carol: In the Dark 4pm Forces Sweethearts Dragonflies by Des Sussex Medieval Baebes Bracknell Jazz – Tony Woods

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family entertainment




craft fair



Wedding Fair

local societies

SHP Live 


Atrium café and bar Burger & beer offer Why not make a night of it and have a burger and beer before you go down to the Cellar for a night of comedy or the Quiz Night ·· £8.95 4oz burger with pint ·· £10.50 8oz burger with pint The food will be served in the Café Atrium only. A separate ticket will be issued and should be handed into the bar when collecting your food. No other discount vouchers/tickets can be used in conjunction with this promotion.

See what we have to offer ·· We are launching a new menu to celebrate everything British. Our menu will offer some of the great British classics prepared with fresh food products sourced from across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. ·· New coffee offer. ·· Our very popular Sunday roast menu available from 12–4pm every Sunday with as much as you can eat from our selection of vegetables – booking advised. Please book in advance on Sun 17 Nov due to Craft Fair.

·· If you are having a breakfast meeting, or just want to meet up with friends, our bacon and sausage butties are a great addition. ·· If you are holding any celebrations, please contact us for all your party requirements. ·· Great kids menu – free fruit for all kids ·· Great range of gluten-free options every day. ·· New range of cakes especially prepared for SHP.

How to find us


Box Office

South Hill Park is about seven minutes drive from Bracknell Town Centre in the Birch Hill area. Easily accessible from the M3 (Junction 3) and M4 (Junction 10). We are very well signposted – look for the brown road signs saying ‘Arts Centre’ or showing a comedy mask.

There is FREE but limited parking at South Hill Park. Overflow parking is available at Birch Hill Shopping Centre, Birch Hill Road, which is a short, well-lit walk away.

01344 484123

Public transport From the Town Centre to South Hill Road take the 194 then it’s a five-minute walk to South Hill Park. From the Town Centre to Birch Hill Shops take either the 171 or 172. Then it’s a short walk to South Hill Park. Bracknell is well served with train services from London Waterloo, Reading and towns in the surrounding area. For further information contact South West Trains on 0845 7 48 49 50.

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South Hill Park - Sept - Dec 2013  

South Hill Park main brochure for September to December 2013. Theatre, Events, Courses, Workshops and much more.

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