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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

Exploring Classic African Plays

Multiple dates

Meet online to study six plays from across Africa from 1960s-2000. Look at the richness and diversity of traditional and modern African drama and its impact on contemporary storytelling. Led by playwright, educator and radio host Dr Anita Franklin.

In Conversation: Sarah Niles & Hazel Holder

Tue. 14 July 2020

Sarah Niles and Hazel Holder discuss their role as Black women in the arts and how they successfully navigate the spaces, in this discussion of empowerment.

Andro and Eve Presents: Drag King Workshop Course

Multiple dates

Join Andro and Eve online this summer for a series of beginners drag workshops, led by drag king Christian Adore. Get all the tools you need to make an original drag character, build your confidence, play with gender, and learn some tips from a pro.

Monologues Unlocked

Multiple dates

Join TV, stage and radio actress Madeline Appiah for a four-part course approaching, unpicking and performing monologues. Madeline stars alongside Idris Elba in In the Long Run and has acted in EastEnders, The Bill, Tina Turner The Musical, and more.

Creating Characters

Multiple dates

Join Prof. Anton Krueger's two-part workshop to consider some of the multi-faceted characters at the heart of so many great stories. You'll discuss how to go about creating interesting characters, and try to understand what makes them appealing.

Introducing African Diaspora Performance

Wed. 1 July 2020 — Wed. 22 July 2020

Join performing artist/animateur Patrice Naiambana for a four-part workshop looking at African diaspora performance. Topics include: solo performance, traditional dance drama, memory/diaspora consciousness, and creating from ancestral memory.

Embodied Awareness

Fri. 24 July 2020

A class led by Akeim Toussaint-Buck combining contemporary and Caribbean dance, capoeira technique, animal flow and yoga. An energetic and playful environment, inviting you to revitalise your body, build strength, stamina and open your awareness.

In Conversation: Natalie Ibu & Gbolahan Obisesan

Tue. 28 July 2020

Natalie Ibu and Gbolahan Obisesan explore the journey and collective experiences of Black artistic leaders of African heritage and how that has impacted and determined the work they make.

Let's Create Music Drama

Multiple dates

Musician, singer and composer Juwon Ogungbe leads an online participatory creative learning project that aims to create work with an African aesthetic, drawing influences from a diverse range of art forms and genres.

Bespoke Acting Masterclass

Multiple dates

Join actress Estella Daniels for a holistic approach to the world of acting. Using simple techniques and experiences drawn from her career, Estella will help build a simple toolbox to enhance your creative process. A two-part workshop or one-to-one.

In Conversation: Dr Oladipo Agboluaje & Dr Kene Igweonu

Mon. 3 August 2020

British-Nigerian playwright and academic Dr. Oladipo Agboluaje talks to Dr. Kene Igweonu, President of the African Theatre Association, about African diasporic identity on the British stage.

Musical Composition As A Cultural Conversation With English Identity

Fri. 7 August 2020

Percussionist and composer Sola Akingbola explores questions on what is highlighted and what is obscured in theatre and music that creates a particular kind of cultural and political tension around the issue of social integration.

Forum Theatre

Mon. 10 August 2020

Forum Theatre is an interactive and participatory approach to devising. It utilises the lived experiences of the participants and attempts to make positive changes, where necessary, through enabling a safe space for communication among individuals.

Voice Coaching Workshop

Mon. 17 August 2020

Engage in practical exercises, giving you clear tools to develop your voice work independently, achieve support, core vocal strength, range and resonance. Led by actor, voice and dialect coach, director and singer Hazel Holder and actor Sarah Niles.

Set/Costume Design

Fri. 21 August 2020

Sadeysa Greenaway Bailey demystifies the role and responsibilities of a set and costume designer. She shares her experiences and career journey so far, from having started in the carnival arts and outdoor theatre sector in the UK and internationally.

Playwriting Workshop

Multiple dates

Discover the basics of the stage, structure of a play, the proper format of your work and how to prepare it for submission, in this workshop for writers of all levels. Led by British-Nigerian playwright and academic Oladipo Agboluaje.

Acting Technique (Action, Reaction, Thoughts And Choices)

Tue. 25 August 2020

Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads an acting workshop looking at personal choices of selecting and balancing options that work as “your method.”

In Conversation: Karishma Bhagani & Lesedi Job

Fri. 28 August 2020

Kenyan producer, director and dramaturg Karishma Bhagani is joined in conversation with South African theatre director Lesedi Job, about her experiences and nuisances of being a young African theatre maker in the time of the digital age.

In Conversation With Ayan – Talking Drum

Mon. 31 August 2020

African cultural ambassador and talking drummer Ayan De First teaches us how to play the talking drum and talks about his journey as a musician into theatre, and how artists from different disciplines can collaborate. With Tchiyiwe Chihana.

Leadership And Strategic Development

Wed. 2 September 2020

Look at the challenges that black-led organisations face and explore strategic thinking, especially in the current turbulent climate in the arts and culture. With Maureen Salmon, a specialist in leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural diversity.

In Conversation: Sile Sibanda & John Rwoth-Omack

Fri. 4 September 2020

Sille Sibanda chats to actor, writer and director John Rwoth-Omack about his experiences as an African student at drama school and how he got into creating his own work in theatre.

Introduction To Scriptwriting

Multiple dates

Poet, playwright and director Debo Oluwatuminu leads a workshop that introduces participants to the basics of writing a play, and gives them rudimentary skills and tools to write a 5-10 minute short play.

Intensive Playwriting

Fri. 18 September 2020

Jennifer Farmer is a playwright, librettist and theatre-maker who writes with/for marginalised communities and underrepresented voices. Targeted at writers looking to revisit their work, Jennifer leads an advanced redrafting play writing workshop.

African Dance Choreography

Multiple dates

Angelina Abel of Mulembas d’Africa leads an African Fusion Dance class with a focus on movement, healing and well being.

Set Costume Design Workshop

Fri. 2 October 2020

Set and costume designer Emma Williams leads a workshop discussing design process, with models and drawings from the designer’s studio as visual aids.

How To Get Away With Directing: A Director's Anatomy

Mon. 5 October 2020

Olusola Oyeleye is a writer, director, dramaturge and producer working in opera, music theatre, visual arts, film, dance and education. She'll explore the skills required to approach a career in directing, across live media.

Sound For Stage

Wed. 7 October 2020

Composer and sound designer Lee Affen talks about the main uses of sound in a theatre show – music, atmospheres, transitions. Participants will put atmospheric sounds to text, and learn the basics of Qlab.

Theatre Arts And Activism

Fri. 9 October 2020

Tchiyiwe Chihana British-Zambian creative, activist, writer and speaker who identifies as a womanist and currently the operations manager at Utopia Theatre. Here she discusses using art for social change.

Ritual Theatre Talk + Performance

Mon. 12 October 2020

Playwright, filmmaker and poet Zodwa Nyoni gives a talk on ritual theatre with reference to Home has Died (2012), a one-woman performance about migration, death and displacement.

How I Became An Actor & Some Of The Challenges/Obstacles Along The Way

Wed. 14 October 2020

Ayo-Dele Edwards is an actor, singer, and songwriter whose art combines British and Nigerian influences expressed through songs and stories. Here she gives a 40 minute talk on her career, plus Q&A.

The Concept Of You

Fri. 16 October 2020

How well do you know yourself as an actor? Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads a workshop exploring the process to begin a growth in self understanding.

Making African Theatre out of Poetry

Multiple dates

Warda Yassin is a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield, and winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize. Here she talks about making African theatre out of poetry. Plus Q&A.

Activism And The Arts In Light Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Mon. 26 October 2020

Utopia Theatre's Tchiyiwe Chihana is joined in conversation with Aar Maanta, a Somali-British musician whose activism, work and creativity has led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

How to Apply For Arts Council Funding

Wed. 28 October 2020

This workshop is designed to support UK based artists who are considering applying for project grants for the first time or those who have been unsuccessful in the past. Led by Utopia Theatre's Mojisola Elufowoju.

The Hot Seat With Director Mojisola Elufowoju

Mon. 2 November 2020

Mojisola Elufowoju is an award-winning theatre director and workshop facilitator of Nigerian descent, and the founder and artistic director of Utopia Theatre. Join her in a conversation moderated by British-Nigerian playwright Dr. Oladipo Agboluaje.

Digital Communication For Leadership Success

Wed. 4 November 2020

Annalisa Toccara looks at defining your leadership brand, using social media, creating/curating engaging content, collaborating, and more. Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, creative director, digital strategist, and founder of Our Mel.

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in Conversation with Michael Henry

Fri. 4 December 2020

Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.

Final Presentation

Sat. 12 December 2020

Participants and creatives from across Utopia Theatre's Creative Hub Online 2020 programme come together to give a final presentation. Utopia Theatre will be inviting industry professionals to this showcase.

Zoom Party

Fri. 18 December 2020

Utopia Theatre celebrates the end of its huge Creative Hub Online 2020 series of talks, workshops and events with an end of programme party.

Matt Haig and Susan Calman in conversation

Author Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman reflect on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from songs, books, theatre and comedy, celebrating art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres.

Project in a Box

Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.

On video: Sheffield shows

Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!

Celebrating Shakespeare

Sheffield Theatres has invited some brilliant actors from its past Shakespeare plays to share their favourite speeches. Enjoy these videos of some of the Bard's best bits!

Explore Julius Caesar

Immerse yourself in the world of the Crucible's modern take on Shakespeare's gripping play, in Sheffield Theatres' online collection of videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Explore A Midsummer Night's Dream

Immerse yourself in the Crucible's 2018 charming, inventive version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells. This online experience brings together videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Storyframe: Pause, Imagine, Create

Bring the joy of storytelling and theatre-making into your home with downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres. Press pause on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, to imagine a world of possibilities before you create your own show.

Devising with Joe Boylan

Join theatre-maker and actor Joe Boylan for a four-part video workshop in devising for theatre.

Poetry with Connie Treves

Join Sheffield Theatres' Resident Assistant Director Connie Treves for an online poetry workshop in the video below.

The Bank Vault

The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.

Office Hours

Sheffield Theatres' weekly Office Hours sessions are now online. This is a chance for you to chat to a member of the theatres' team – whether you have a specific question or idea you need help with, or just need another perspective on a project.

Migration Matters opening party

Theatre Deli

A burst of energy, rhythm, movement and vibrant showcases, kicking off Refugee Week and the first online Migration Matters Festival. Wherever you are – join in with a joyful celebration of sanctuary with artists from Sheffield and around the world.

Pizza Shop Heroes (+ Q&A)

Powerful, celebratory, affirming; this is theatre where refugees take centre stage. This is a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities.

Drift Project: Cargo Station

A film from Taiwan's Performosa Theatre, entangling family histories and stories about drifting within Asian islands. From economic immigration to war turmoil, time is used to look at the unsolved refugee crises, history and geography.

'On The Line' Showcase

Celebrate the creative talents and contributions of young people seeking sanctuary. A showcase of spoken word, stories and songs created during lockdown by young people across the UK, curated by Compass Collective and streaming live for Refugee Day.

Tales of Love & Loss

Picture a mother seeking asylum in the UK. What do you see? What you imagine may be far removed from reality. In this performance you will meet inspirational mothers from around the world who will share stories of Love and Loss.

Imaginary Communities Workshop

Play, imagine and co-create a new city in a live, interactive workshop with Chol Theatre. Imagine the people and creatures that inhabit this unique place, and establish the seeds of new stories in a shared new world.

Alim Kamara Storytelling Workshop

Join international storyteller and hip-hop artist Alim Kamara for a L.I.P.S. (Listen, Imagine, Participate, Share) Storytelling Workshop. Sharing engaging stories along with tips and techniques to get you ready for the stage. For children and adults.

Stories from Quarantine

Imaginary characters in their own homes tell stories from quarantine. From Side by Side, a community drama group working with refugees, asylum seekers and other people local to Sheffield, using drama as a tool for community cohesion and integration.

Where We Began (+ Q&A)

Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in this multilingual celebration of personal identity. Combining storytelling, movement and music – from Stand and Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary.

Escaping Quicksand: Stuckness and Self-Determination

A sociodrama workshop enabling participants to collaboratively explore their situations during and post coronavirus. Considering a world that escapes the stuckness of no or limited movement, where everyone can move towards a certain kind of freedom.

The Hum of Words Beneath our Feet: A Poetry Show from Change the Word

A bold global poetry show. Featuring Change the Word collectives from Sheffield and Coventry. With poets from DRC, Ethiopia, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Pakistan, Sudan and the UK, exploring what it means to be separate, connected, and to find hope.

Our Story (+ Q&A)

Young people performing stories of migration between Sheffield and Brooklyn. Groups from the two places have been working together with Chol Theatre on a play based on their family stories. Here, they share a documentary and their experience so far.

What We Are Made Of

Untold stories of British Asian refugees of the African diasporas. Based on journalist/playwright Wersha Bharadwa’s interviews with women largely marginalised in history – their accounts of love, loss, courage and the effects of the British Empire.