There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon. 31 Oct. – Sun 6 Nov. 2016. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.
1. – Gasp!
Hype Dance Company, Units 2 & 3, 67 Earl St, Sheffield S1 4PY
Weds. 2 Nov., 20:00 – 22:00
Tickets: £12 adv. £15 OTD Concs. £8. Buy tickets here.
Two fearless young men compete in a thrilling game of physical endurance set to live music and taking the audience on an acrobatic journey. Expect to see amazing acrobatics that grow ever more daring and dangerous as they compete to win. The show will be preceded by a sinewy and skilful acrobatic duet, Knot, performed by Nikki Rummer and Jean-Daniel Brousse, who are currently guest performing with British circus sensation Barely Methodical Troupe.
There is also an acrobatics workshop open to anyone aged 12 and over.
2. – The Wipers Times
The Lyceum Theatre
Thurs. 3 – Sat. 5 Nov., 19:45 (The performance on 4 Nov. incls. Q&A with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman)
Tickets: £17 – £25 Concs. £14.50 – £22.50. Buy tickets here.
It is the first World War, and in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced “Wipers” by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press. With it, they create a newspaper for the troops, however this will be no sombre journal about life in the trenches. Instead, what they pull together is a cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Based on an extraordinary, true story of a satirical newspaper created in the the Somme, The Wipers Times is a stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC film by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. It has been lovely adapted by the ‘Colla Voce Collective’ with the story interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.
3. – The Youth Word Up (part of the Off the Shelf Festival)
The HUBS, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union, Paternoster Row, S1 2QQ
Thurs. 3 Nov., 19:30
For Off the Shelf 2012, Benjamin Zephaniah created The Youth Word Up. The idea was simple: give young people the chance to have their poetry heard alongside an established poet. The Youth Word Up is now entering it’s fifth year. This year’s Word Up is led by UK poetry slam champion and founder of SLAMbassadors UK, Joelle Taylor. The young poets will be sharing their experiences, their hopes and dreams, and everything that gets in the way of them. Be warned: the slam is for those aged over 13 as the material is often edgy, profane and even rude!
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