Live Performance Preview: January/February

There’s a heap of wonderful live performances going on across Sheffield over the coming months. From local independent theatre to some of the UK’s finest comedians here’s a few of our choices.

A special mention to the Lantern Theatre, as the end of January sees them launch their first professional season, which is great news for the city and all involved down there deserve great praise for all their hard work.

Criminy – The Lantern Theatre – 28th January

One Band. Three Guys. Some Money. No Words

Witness the slapstick escapades of three down-on-their-luck stooges, as they desperately attempt to make ends meet by resorting to nefarious means. Awkward Cough bring their unique brand of silent frenetic comedy as we witness our three stars try to execute the perfect heist.

Thirsty – The Studio Theatre – 30th January

Based on our nations love affair with alcohol, Thirsty weaves together real stories, memories and booze based confessions, collected from a ‘drunken hotline’ and an online questionnaire.

Fusing live music, verbatim text and stunning physical theatre, multi award-winning theatre company, The Paper Birds, bring a refreshing take on live performance to the stage.

Maskerade – Sheffield Drama Studios – Feb 1st-4th

A brilliant young soprano, strange accidents in an opera house, glimpses of a phantom and, of course, three witches! It’s not what you think, and much, much funnier.  The Company take on Terry Pratchett in what promises to be a lively and entertaining affair.

John Peel’s Shed -The Studio Theatre – February 2nd

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. After rave review from the Edinburgh Fringe and being broadcast on Radio 4 just before Christmas, be quick to get tickets for this highly acclaimed show before they sell out.

Feb 1st-4th – Maskerade – Sheffield Drama Studios

A brilliant young soprano, strange accidents in an opera house, glimpses of a phantom and, of course, three witches! It’s not what you think, and much, much funnier.  The Company take on Terry Pratchett in what promises to be a lively and entertaining affair.

Bound – The Studio Theatre – Feb 8th

Bound follows the fortunes of six trawlermen from Devon as they embark on one final voyage. Compelled by the threat of bankruptcy, ageing fishing trawler ‘The Violet’ is forced out into treacherous weather. Defying storms, friendships and their lives ashore, will they lose more than a way of life?

A sea-bleached tragedy of maritime decline told with traditional sea shanties.

Chris Addison – Sheffield City Hall – February 8th

Probably best known for his role in the sublime The Thick Of It and his various appearances on TV panel shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, Chris Addison takes his new show, The Time is Now, Again on tour.

“The best stand-up I’ve seen…”  The Observer.

Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin – The Studio Theatre – 16th February

All is not well at Number 92. Mrs Benjamin has disappeared, leaving her decaying house to fend for itself.  So in an act of desperation, the house, determined to find its missing owner set off on a strange and enchanting journey like no other.

This intriguing tale follows the story of a wall, a floor and a chimney, a forgotten old lady and the memories that lie within. With an inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry Maison Foo brings to life the imaginative topsy turvy world lurking behind the door of Number 92.

Richard Herring – Sheffield City Hall – 23rd February

What is Love, Anyway?  Richard Herring, after conquering politics and religion, turns his guns on love.  After 25 years in comedy, one of Britain’s most consistent and popular comedians returns to Sheffield with a new show.

The Good Person of Szechwan – Sheffield Drama Studio – 29th February – 3rd March

Is it possible to be good in a capitalist world?  This play is a funny, sad and typically Brechtian exploration of a question which has topical relevance. SUDS’ production will highlight the humorous and bizarre world that Shen Teh experiences in her quest to be good.

Copenhagen – The Lyceum – 29th February – 10th March

The first instalment of Sheffield Theatre’s Michael Frayn season sees the Tony Award-winning Copenhagen grace the boards of the Lyceum.

In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, two old friends meet for the last time. Niels Bohr, the leading quantum theorist of the time, half Jewish but remaining in occupied Copenhagen; Werner Heisenberg, a German and the former protégé of Bohr, working for his country on a new project. On opposing sides, these two men have the ability to change the course of history.

For more information and listings:

http://www.lanterntheatre.org.uk/whats-on2

http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/drama/autumn/february

http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/