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IN THE STUDIO THEATRE THIS AUTUMN
Heading into the autumn, the Studio theatre has an array of brilliant performances running from October to December.
Sheffield People’s Theatre Young Company and Silent Uproar present a raucous, mischievous, and irreverent adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts, set in a not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future. Written by Olivia Hirst in collaboration with the Sheffield People’s Theatre Young Company, directed by Alex Mitchell and designed by Lizzy Leach, The Golden Fleece is a high-speed collision of myth, Northern grit and a future that’s so bleak it’s funny. The Golden Fleece runs in the Studio Theatre from Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 October 2021.
Tanika Gupta (Gladiator Games) returns to Sheffield Theatres with Love ‘N’ Stuff: a hilarious and touching story of love, attachment and what we mean by home. Bindi and Mansoor were star-crossed lovers and now they’re everyone’s favourite couple. They’ve been happily married for years and have built a great life for themselves in the UK. But something’s not right; Mansoor’s decided to move back to India and is waiting in the departure lounge. Bindi’s hatched a plan to get him to stay and half the neighbourhood are involved… From Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 October 2021.
In November, Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope is in the Studio for one night only. Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up for refusing to be anything less than himself. His extraordinary courage and wit inspire to the present day. Naked Hope, Mark Farrelly’s hugely-acclaimed solo play, is a glorious, uplifting celebration of Quentin’s life – and the urgent necessity to be your true self. Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope plays on Tuesday 2 November.
Next, Award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall (It’s a Sin) and Dibby Theatre present their critically acclaimed ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart breaking’ hit autobiographical show about growing up positive in a negative world: First Time. Can you remember your first time? Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he has had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years. Now the party is over, the balloons have all burst and he’s left living his best queer life: brunching on pills and Googling kangaroo vaginas, ancient condoms and human cesspits on a weekday morning… or is he? Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he’s been keeping all these years. From Friday 19 – Saturday 20 November.
At the end of November, Experience the life-enhancing power of the ballroom as four houses go head to head in the epic Family Vogue Ball. A performer from each house will catwalk, dance and lip sync to be crowned by you the audience, the ultimate house with our interactive event where the audience decides the winner. Whether you just want to join in the fun or have a passion to pose, come along and show off your own magnificence by dressing up and help crown the winning house! Part-theatre show, part-Vogue Ball: glamour, glitz and grace come together in a fabulous celebration of self-expression. Playing on Saturday 27 November.
A Red Ladder Theatre Company production with support from Leeds Playhouse and Oldham Coliseum Theatre present My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored: a gripping tussle of power and an urgent interrogation of racial identity, written by emerging playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor and directed by Dermot Daly. 15-year-old Reece is roughly accosted by the police outside M&S. His young, Black teacher Gillian witnesses it all – but she doesn’t question or intervene in the disturbing scene that plays out. The consequences of her lack of action erupt the following day and the events that unfold will change both their lives forever. From Monday 29 – Tuesday 30 November.
To round off the year, the Christmas production in the Studio is Little Angel Theatre’s The Pixie and the Pudding. When Charlie and her dad move to the farm from the city, everything seems to go wrong. Dolly the cow is in a grump, there’s not an egg to be found, and even the cockerel has stopped crowing! If only they’d paid attention to the mysterious note left on their windowsill about a curious pixie and the pudding she likes to eat on Christmas Eve… This brand new musical brings a tale from Scandinavian folklore to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of pixie magic. From Saturday 11 December 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022.
Tickets for all shows can be booked through the Box Office in person, over the phone on 0114 249 6000, or at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
Sheffield Theatres continues to follow the industry-wide safety protocols and government guidance for indoor entertainment. All the latest information is available at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/your-visit.