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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Enable US

Twice a year the Enable US festival brings to town unmissable and intriguing pieces of new theatre and performance.

Held in the beautiful Drama Studio at the University of Sheffield, each show is an opportunity to get to know some of the most exciting independent theatre companies currently touring in the UK.

See what's to come in the autumn 2021 Enable US programme below.

Count Magnus

Sun. 31 October 2021

Drama Studio

M. R. James (1862–1936) was a master of the ghost story. Now, the M.R. James Project is bringing his eerie stories back to life. In this instalment a travel-writer’s over-inquisitiveness leads to a breathless chase from darkest Sweden to rural Essex.

A Kept Man

Tue. 2 November 2021

Drama Studio

A powerful new musical about a love affair between a gamekeeper and the Lord of the Manor, against the backdrop of the Oscar Wilde trials. This is an exclusive concert preview of the show – with minimal set and costume design, and scripts in hand.

3am Waitress

Wed. 3 November 2021

Drama Studio

A high-energy show incorporating performance poetry, physical theatre and aerial silk, exploring loneliness, detachment and the tenderness of unexpected connections.

Natalie Inside Out

Thu. 4 November 2021

Drama Studio

A collaboration between world-class hand-balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist Mark Morreau. Natalie Inside Out uses technology and video projections to turn our conventional ideas of circus upside down and inside out.

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Sat. 6 November 2021

Drama Studio

A darkly comic tale of one man’s journey through the conspiracy underworld.
Exploring fake news, why conspiracy theories are more popular than ever, and how all this relates to current issues in the Labour Party.

The Sensemaker

Mon. 15 November 2021

Drama Studio

A one-person show about a woman battling with an answering machine, trying to meet the impossible expectations of an artificial voice. Mixing dance, theatre and lip-synching to address with irony the fears and frustrations of an interconnected world.

The Cult of Water

Thu. 18 November 2021

Drama Studio

Combining music, animation, archive film and monologue, David Bramwell takes a magical candle-lit odyssey up the river Don in search of its dark secrets.

Scarred For Life

Fri. 19 November 2021

Drama Studio

Join Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence – the writers behind the acclaimed Scarred For Life book – for a talk about the TV, films, music, comics, board games, books, adverts and, erm, crisps that blighted 1970s and 80s childhoods.

A Christmas Carol

Sun. 19 December 2021

Drama Studio

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his supernatural journey of redemption through the past, present and yet-to-come. Storytelling and a live violin score will bring to life the atmosphere of Victorian London, as the ghosts of Christmas return from the dead.