Emmaus Sheffield saves the day for city theatre company

WHERE do you go if you’re wanting to buy some authentic vintage sports equipment?

That was the question posed by Grenoside and Birley Carr Players as they began their rehearsals for classic 1940s comedy hit The Happiest Days of Your Life.

Set in a post-war boarding school, the group needed everything from genuine 1940s cricket bats and tennis rackets to hockey sticks and even boxing gloves.

And they found just what they were looking for when they had a good rummage through the stock at the Emmaus Sheffield second hand superstore.

Emmaus Sheffield is a working community with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace for previously homeless men and women aged 18 years and over.

It aims through its Social Enterprise programme to provide meaningful work and enable the people it supports – known as companions – to eventually become self-supporting once more.

One of Emmaus Sheffield’s main fundraising schemes is its extremely popular second hand and vintage store at the organisation’s headquarters in the historic Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory at Cadman Street, close to the city’s Canal Basin.

And Grenoside and Birley Carr Community Players director Stephen Andrews knew that there was no better starting point in his quest for genuine vintage items.

“People forget how much a simple item like a tennis racket has changed since the 1940s and it was important that we had a real wooden one with proper strings,” he explained.

“It was the same with the cricket bat and even the hockey sticks – everything has to have that authentic 1940s style.

“And as all enthusiastic vintage shoppers know, Emmaus Sheffield is an Aladdin’s cave of unexpected and unusual items, perfect for anybody working in theatre!”

The Happiest Days of Your Life runs at Grenoside Community Centre from October 24 to 27. For tickets call 0114 2460522.

For more on Emmaus Sheffield visit www.emmaus-sheffield.org.uk