There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon. 14 – Sun. 20 Nov. 2016. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.
1. – Dare Devil Rides to Jarama
The Lantern Theatre
Mon. 14 – Sat. 19 Nov. 19.30
Tickets: £5 – £30. Buy tickets here.
Dare Devil rides to Jamara is an ambitious work and not one without a number of present-day parallels. It tells the story of a 1930s speedway rider, Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett, who grows up in Oldham, works hard to defend workers’ rights, then heads off with a convoy of ambulances in tow to fight the Fascists in Franco’s Spain.
The role of Clem Beckett is played by actor David Heywood and Neil Gore, who also wrote Dare Devil rides to Jamara plays Clay’s friend and heroic partner Chris Caudwell, as well as a number of other roles including British Fascist leader, Oswald Mosley. Aside from the fascinating story, expect some wonderful acting, and a number of songs from the era with guitar and banjo accompaniment.
While the production is an intimate one, there will be some audience participation taking you into the heart of politics and society of the 1930s. Dare Devil rides to Jamara is very much a snapshot of the time. It is also a touching memorial of the men and women who fought for the freedoms we hold dear to this day.
2. – Broken Biscuits
The Crucible Theatre
Tues. 15 – Sat. 19 Nov. 19:45 (with additional performances on Thurs. & Sat. at 14.15)
Tickets: £12 – £14. Buy tickets here.
On a lighter, more comic note, Broken Biscuits is the story of three teenage friends who having surviving GCSE’s and teetering on the cusp of adulthood – still trying to figure out friendship, love, sex, bullying and laddishness – decide to start a band. In their words “we’re losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we’re losers forever. And we don’t have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that.”
Directed by James Grieve, Broken Biscuits is the new play from Yorkshire playwright, Tom Wells, who had notable success with Folk, The Kitchen Sink, and Jumpers for Goalposts.
Expect the humour to come thick and fast, because while these teens may not look like band material, they have the heart and ambition, belief and joy to make up for it. Also expect original music from Matthew Robins, a fresh and upbeat script and a great little piece of ensemble acting, all from the renowned company Paines Plough.
3. – Work-shy
Theatre Deli on the Moor
Sat. 19 Nov., 19:30
Work-shy writer Katie Baird is a London-based artist and activist who by her own admission often finds herself in uncomfortable situations of her own making. She is also a writer and performer whose intimate, often autobiographical work touches on issues of class, gender and sexuality.
Her new show, Work-shy, is a personal story about work. Some people work to earn money, some work to feel fulfilled, some people don’t work at all and some people run away and join the circus. In particular it’s about the service industry, and what it means to serve you – the great British public. From getting you high to supersizing your whopper meal, Katie has done everything she can to make you happy.
Now she is coming to Theatre Deli on the Moor to show her story.
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