Drama comes out of Nowhere

12 Miles From Nowhere, Karen Simpson Productions
12 Miles From Nowhere, Karen Simpson Productions
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A Sheffield theatre director is bringing her company’s play about rural life to her home city next week

Twelve Miles From Nowhere is the latest show from Karen Simpson Productions and has been on national tour. It has called into the region several times and is back here for a last time onWednesday.

Set on a remote farm, the play explores the impact of an engaging young stranger on the lives of a vulnerable, isolated family.

Since Michael and Emily’s mother left, it’s like time has stood still for them.

James is struggling to come to terms with it and see a way forward. The farm is dilapidated and going under…

Then Craig turns up with enough charisma and ambition to charm the birds from the trees.

But is he really the answer to their dreams?

The piece was created following research with young people growing up in rural Cheshire.

Karen, who lives in Bannerdale, formerly worked at Sheffield Theatres.

One of her most successful works as a director during her time there was A Handful of Henna, which also involved research, this time in Sheffield’s Muslim community.

The play intertwined the stories of real women’s lives. Karen said: “That was a fantastic production to work on.

“We started working with Muslim women around the city. It became a play with a combination of professional actors and Muslim girls from a range of different backgrounds. We opened the Sheffield Children’s Festival with that.

“It was an incredible performance and everyone fell in love with it.”

She is a big fan of Sheffield Theatres.

“What I loved was that you could go into any school in the city and say do you know the Crucible Theatre? 95 per cent would go ‘yes’.

“It is fantastic to live in city where people are really, really connected to what happens on our stages.”

Twelves Miles from Niwhere is at High Storrs School. Bookings: 0114 267 0000.