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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.

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.

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Thu. 17 September 2020 — Sun. 15 November 2020

Experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment present all 36 of Shakespeare's plays in condensed, intimate and absurd form – told with a single performer, a collection of household objects as stand-ins for characters, and a table top for a stage.

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.

Musical Numbers

Sheffield Theatres have compiled some favourite numbers from their big musicals of previous years, including The Wizard of Oz, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Kiss Me Kate, and Guys and Dolls.

Pizza Shop Heroes

"An unconventional coming of age story that is totally unfiltered and original," following the journey of four young men from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania travelling to the UK with hopes of seeking asylum. Read more in Safiya's review.

Online Showcase: Six New Short Works

The premiere of new work performed by local artists and co-created by the supported artists from The Bank at Sheffield Theatres.