Time Passes. Listen.

Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield, December 2014

Director: Malaika Cunningham
Writers: Joseph Houlders and Alice Hudson
Producer/Stage Manager: Sian Baxter
Set Designer: Sarah Lewis-Cole
Sound Designer: Lee Affen
Lighting Designer: Will Monks
Illustrations: Grace Foster

 

Actors: Laura Lindsey, Rose Gray, Julie Burrow, Craig Shepard, Ray Castleton, Sam Birch, Sam Parkinson, Dominic Corfield, Aileen Westoby, David Ridley, Molly Ridley, Tom Boydell, Kyle Williams, Maddie Shann, Amanda Whelan, Michele Gardener, Clare McManus, Ian Whitehead, Dipo Ola and Jennifer Derbyshire

 

Additional collaborators include: Jennifer Ibbotson, Sarah Sharp, Bene, Ruth Nutter, Teo Greenstreet, Sarah Christie and Roy Clutterbuck

 

Supported by O2 ThinkBig and Arts Council England

A Dylan Thomas-inspired love song to Sheffield and its citizens, based on over a thousand stories collected from local people.

 

Over a month we swapped cups of tea for stories in an empty shop front and in the stalls of the Moor Market. From these stories we crafted an immersive theatre piece performed throughout a warren of back rooms and staircases in the old Woolworths on the Moor. Some of the audience was kidnapped by the notorious Mooney gang and others were taken through the old market with Porcelain Pete, and they all wandered out into the peak district, played in the snow and listened to
ghost stories in secret backrooms. This piece worked with a mixed community and professional cast. Many of those we worked with on this project remain our primary collaborators.

A Dylan Thomas-inspired love song to Sheffield and its citizens, based on over a thousand stories collected from local people.

 

Over a month we swapped cups of tea for stories in an empty shop front and in the stalls of the Moor Market. From these stories we crafted an immersive theatre piece performed throughout a warren of back rooms and staircases in the old Woolworths on the Moor. Some of the audience was kidnapped by the notorious Mooney gang and others were taken through the old market with Porcelain Pete, and they all wandered out into the peak district, played in the snow and listened to
ghost stories in secret backrooms. This piece worked with a mixed community and professional cast. Many of those we worked with on this project remain our primary collaborators.

Director
Malaika Cunningham
Writers
Joseph Houlders and Alice Hudson
Producer/Stage Manager
Sian Baxter
Set Designer
Sarah Lewis-Cole
Sound Designer
Lee Affen
Lighting Designer
Will Monks
Illustrations
Grace Foster

Actors
Laura Lindsey, Rose Gray, Julie Burrow, Craig Shepard, Ray Castleton, Sam Birch, Sam Parkinson, Dominic Corfield, Aileen Westoby, David Ridley, Molly Ridley, Tom Boydell, Kyle Williams, Maddie Shann, Amanda Whelan, Michele Gardener, Clare McManus, Ian Whitehead, Dipo Ola and Jennifer Derbyshire

Additional collaborators include
Jennifer Ibbotson, Sarah Sharp, Bene, Ruth Nutter, Teo Greenstreet, Sarah Christie and Roy Clutterbuck

Supported by O2 ThinkBig and Arts Council England

Moments are suspended as audience members step into the narratives at different points in time and space – witnessing quiet reflections, hearing troubled mutterings or fleeing blood-curdling wails of terror…

Sheffield Unchained, December 2014

I think what got them under your skin was the quality of the performance from each of the actors, effortlessly drawing you into their world for a few moments as you passed through, on your way elsewhere but always with time to pause and listen…”

Sara Hill, Now Then Magazine, November 2014

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