Banish the Winter blues with an array of shows visiting the Sheffield Theatres’ Studio this month.
First, following the success of Team Viking and A Hundred Different Words for Love, James Rowland returns with his new show, Revelations. A few years ago, James’ best friends asked for his sperm – to start a family. An epic story about friendship, faith, life, death, foxes, snow buddies, and trying to do the right thing, even when it involves taking all your clothes off. Combining story, comedy and song, catch it in the Studio on Tuesday 21 January.
Next, a comic and thought-provoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse, Northern women. Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras is a funny, gentle, naughty, and subversive performance which uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protesters, musicians and other heroines who represent the grit, determination and spirit of the North’s women. In the Studio on Thursday 23 January.
Telling the story of a community torn apart by racial division, Trojan Horse comes next, the real life story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, it’s in the Studio on Tuesday 4 February.
Then, an angry and funny love-song to a lost generation in The Political History of Smack and Crack. Tracing their own lives from the epicentre of the riots in 1981 to their present day survival on the streets of Manchester, Mandy and Neil chronicle the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. A riotous and tender portrayal of two life-long addicts shot through with home truths about the road to recovery, it’s in the Studio on Wednesday 5 February.
Finally, presented by Sheffield’s Forced Entertainment comes To Move in Time – a brand new monologue written by Tim Etchells. An unnamed protagonist speculates playfully about what he’d do if he were able to travel backwards and forwards in time. From fantasies of changing the present, to obsessions with everyday events in the past, to dreaming up ways to get rich from knowledge of the future, the text is an unfolding compulsive thought process. Tyrone Huggins (Black Men Walking) performs in the Studio on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February.
All shows are on in the Studio Theatre throughout January and February. Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 243 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk