Sheffield’s Metroville magic

Concord Youth music production of Saving Metroville at the Blue Shed
Concord Youth music production of Saving Metroville at the Blue Shed
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A thrilling night of ‘kapows’ ‘kerchings’, comedy high-kicks and explosive lighting effects were on the menu when Concord Youth Music unveiled their latest production.

‘Saving Metroville’ told the tale of Sheffield’s very own superhero Mr Wybourn Waterthorpe as he battled to save his community from the grip of evil.

Deborah Egan, venue director at The Blue Shed, on Brightside Lane, where the show was held, told The Star: “It was a wonderful production, all written by the children – a real audio and visual spectacle.

“There were definitely a few familiar or ‘borrowed’ storylines in the plot.

“Wybourn, for example, was just an ordinary Sheffield factory worker until he was exposed to radiation and developed superpowers, just as the factory where he worked was bought by a dastardly villain.

“It was a real comic book story, told with lots of loud, fun escapism and was a big hit with the audiences who enjoyed the spectacle of it.”

The Concord Youth Music cast have been working on the show for the past eight months and the production ran for two nights at the weekend.

The cast described it as a ‘magical, exciting mystery to leave you with a positive and optimistic view of the world seen through younger eyes, where absolutely anything can happen’.

Deborah added: “I would say it’s been their best and most ambitious show to date, with spectacular lighting and smoke effects interspersing film narrative, music, dance and performance.

“In the past they’ve done plenty of concerts and variety shows so it was great to see them tackling a full-length narrative piece like this, that they’d written themselves.

“There was no flying, but there were plenty of fancy effects and lasers – it looked spectacular.

“Concord hold two big shows like this every year at The Blue Shed and we’re always thrilled to support such wonderful Sheffield talent. It gives the children of the city such a fantastic showcase for their ambitions.”

Concord has been running in the city since 1984 and is Sheffield’s longest surviving free music facility, existing completely on donations and occasional grants.

Saving Metroville raised funds for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

n For more information on the theatre group’s up-coming productions, visit Concord