There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon. 28 Nov. – Sun. 4 Dec. 2016. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.
1. – The Great Gatsby
Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, 17 The Moor, S1 4PF
1 – 31 Dec. 19:30 – 22:00 (except Sundays); Midnight Matinees 10th, 17th, 30th Dec., 23:59
Tickets: Early Bird £13/£20; Concs. £15. Buy tickets here.
The roaring 20s come to the Sheffield stage this week with an immersive theatre production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Guild of Misrule and Theatre Delicatessen are introducing the classic story of romantic love vs. social status to the maze-like former Woolworth’s building on the Moor. Flappers and jazz, bootlegging and the oft-times destructive automobile, serve as the backdrop. The story is that of social climber Jay Gatsby and his obsession with high-flier Daisy Buchanan. When Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway, moves to the area, we are treated to his sometimes-flawed perspective of the world of prosperous Long Island in 1922 and its morally compromised residents.
2. – The Shawshank Redemption
The Lyceum Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA
Mon. 28 Nov. – Sat. 3 Dec. 19:45 – 22:00, Thurs. 1 Dec at 14:00, Sat. 3 Dec at 15:00
Tickets: £19 – £30, Live for Five available for 16-26 year olds. Buy tickets here.
Frequently on people’s top ten films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption comes to the Lyceum stage. Andy Dufresne is jailed for a murder he didn’t commit and ends up at the brutal Shawshank maximum security prison. He endures abuse and violence, finding solace in an unlikely friendship with Red. He’s an unusual inmate as the warden soon finds out, as he uses Andy’s accountancy skills to further his own fortune.
Paul Nicholls who plays Andy explains why the story resonates so strongly with so many: “Shawshank Redemption is about a system, and everyone is part of a system in some way – not one as oppressive as a prison, but we all have to show up and do things or there are consequences.”
3. – Some People Talk About Violence
Theatre Delicatessen, 17 The Moor, S1 4PF
Wed. 30 Nov. – Sat. 3 Dec. 19:30
Tickets: £7.84 – £10.99. Buy tickets here.
Unsettling and compelling to watch, Barrel Organ’s second show tells a story in fragments – disjointed excerpts from the lives of a girl, her mother and her brother. The girl has committed some offence and her brother returns home from abroad to support their mother who is helpless in the face of her daughter’s depression, manifested through her continuous viewing of The Big Bang Theory among bursts of anger and frustration… And maybe even dancing.
What does violence mean and what does it looks like? Some People Talk About Violence is brought to the Sheffield stage by a young company, Barrel Organ, whose daring work asks questions that are bringing them well-deserved attention in London, at the Edinburgh Fringe and now nationwide.
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