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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.

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.

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.

E.D.E.N. Digital

An online filmmaking project for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn how to make films about you and your work – for free! Applications open now.
are available for no cost and hosted via Zoom.

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.

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.”

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.

Recording Found Sound

Wed. 23 September 2020

Composer, music producer and sound designer Lee Affen leads a workshop on the sounds around us – tuning into audio and how it can ‘place’ us. Looking at the value of listening, recording with phones, and layering sounds to create a unique soundscape.

Sound For Film

Wed. 30 September 2020

Led by Lee Affen, this workshop will explore the relationship between sound and film. You will look at how sound can change the meaning of a piece of film, and create your own mix using sound clips and film provided.

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.

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.

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.

Acting For Film (Tools Of The Trade)

Wed. 21 October 2020

Kehinde Bankole has played roles in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, blockbuster films in Nigeria, and ia Netflix Original series by Akin Omotoso. In this workshop she equips aspiring and upcoming actors with skills that have enabled her success.

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.

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.

African Dance Workshop

Fri. 13 November 2020

The founder of Mulembas d’Africa dance classes, Angelina Abel brings you an energetic dance workshop. Angelina is a believer in the power of dance as ritual and a medium for personal change, solidarity and social bonding.

The Art House pottery tutorials

A series of video tutorials from the workshops at The Art House. Teaching you how to knead and prepare clay, and the basics of throwing on the wheel.

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.

Chance to Dance: dance at home

Sheffield’s dance festival Chance to Dance is postponed for 2020, but its organiser Nisha has pulled together a list of the city's dance sessions taking place online. Take your pick from flamenco, Bollywood, parent and child sessions, and lots more!

Make Your Home a Musical Instrument

Turn your house into a musical instrument using free software FoxDot, in a two-part workshop with artist and musician Lucy Cheesman.

African Fusion Dance Workshop

A dance workshop with Angelina from Mulembas d'Africa, a dance class concept strongly rooted in her Angolan background. Pursuing dance as a passion and communication method, and focussing on the primal power of movement as ritual and performance.

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.

Hip Hop Dance Workshop

Have fun, break a sweat, and learn something fresh in this hip hop dance workshop for people of all levels! With Si Rawlinson from Wayward Thread, who use hip hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre to explore compassion and identity.

Maternity Peer Support: Perceptions and Progress

A workshop discussing the maternity peer supporters programme for recent migrants in pregnancy and after birth – and its evolution to a community led Friendly Mothers group. Looking at how to reduce social isolation and increase access to healthcare.

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.

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving with Kisha Bradley

Join engineer, educator and Bright Box Makerspace founder Kisha Bradley for a workshop aimed at guiding you through developing creative ideas and initial designs.

Beginnings of Brand with Heather Ditch

Freelance brand planner and copywriter Heather Ditch hosts an online workshop about the importance of branding. What does brand mean, why does it matter, what should it tell the world and how can you start to explore and express your own?