There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon 24 – Sun 30 Oct. 2016. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.
1. – Spine
Sheffield Crucible Studio
27 – 29 October, 7.45pm
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50 Concs. Buy tickets here.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ are grabbing attention this week at the Crucible. However, it’s actually a smaller production that looks set to be the real gem. ‘Spine’ (pictured above) by Clara Brennan is coming to the Crucible Studio. Having been lauded at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, this one woman show charts the unlikely friendship between a feisty teenager and an even angrier pensioner. Politics and power dynamics, intergenerational angst and feminine wisdom abound.
2. – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Theatre Deli (On The Moor)
26 – 29 October, 8.00pm
Tickets: £8.89 – £13.09. Buy tickets here.
It’s 1818 and the 19-year-old Mary Shelley writes the most seminal horror and science-fiction novel of all time. She is the daughter of a fierce feminist, a confidante of the most renowned poets, philosophers, artists of her generation. Her novel, ‘Frankenstein’ is an epic tale of godless creation, of scientific hubris, of a killing machine borne of madness. The Flanagan Collective weave together the horror of ‘Frankenstein’ and the fascinating life of Mary Shelley into one unpredictable adventure. As one of the most exciting theatre troupes currently working in the UK today, this demands to be seen.
3. – Lady of Situations (part of the Off the Shelf Festival)
Theatre Deli (On the Moor)
25 October, 7.30pm
Tickets: £5.50 – £7.50. Buy tickets here.
Arts practitioner Shirley Harris, and poet Seni Seneviratne, have together created ‘Lady of Situations’ an immersive performance that combines theatre, poetry, digital art and music. This show draws on the classical stories of Philomel and Tiresias, incorporating live performance and music. The themes it explores – power, gender, exile, asylum and containment – have rarely been more timely. The multi-sensory format offers audiences the chance to be more actively involved.
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