Anniversary of Biblical Proportions for Young Performers

Sheffield’s leading musical theatre youth group will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in style, as it brings the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar to the city this April.

Splinters, which usually welcomes performers aged 14 to 30, will invite members from years gone by back to the stage for the production at The University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre. Among the cast and crew are some that helped set up by society in the late 1980s.

Featuring such famous songs as GethsemaneI Don’t Know How To Love Him, and Superstar, this gritty retelling of the last seven days of Jesus’s life is reimagined in the present day.

“For our thirtieth anniversary production, we wanted something different, something that would challenge us all, something that had not been seen in Sheffield for a while,” explains Director Ian Walker.

“We want to give the show that ‘arena feel’. There’ll be very little set but we’re using live filming and projection, to give it a totally different feel. That has given us some challenges, but the team and I have embraced them.”

Loosely based on the gospels, Jesus Christ Superstar presents, entirely through song, the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, and the leadership of Rome in the days leading up to his crucifixion. 

The show most recently drew public attention in 2012 when an arena tour starred comedian Tim Minchin and radio presenter Chris Moyles.

Splinters Chairman Mark Holmes wants the society’s production of the show in Sheffield to be a scaled-down version of that:

“With a 40-strong cast filling the purpose-made stage being complimented by a face-melting 6-piece rock band and additional choir, we can’t wait to bring this production to life”, he says.

“Bringing together past and present members, this will be a special show that we have no doubt will go down as one of the most memorable in Splinters’ history.”

Jesus Christ Superstar runs at The Octagon from 3rd -6th April. Tickets can be bought online at or by calling 01142658688.


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