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.
Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angelina Abel of Mulembas d’Africa leads an African Fusion Dance class with a focus on movement, healing and well being.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Fri. 4 December 2020
Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Join theatre-maker and actor Joe Boylan for a four-part video workshop in devising for theatre.
Join Sheffield Theatres' Resident Assistant Director Connie Treves for an online poetry workshop in the video below.
The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.