Stories of Sheffield in a theatre production with a difference

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A theatre production stitched together from over a thousand stories collected from Sheffield folk will be premiered tomorrow night - in a disused department store.

Time Passes, Listen, put together by The Bare Project, will be performed in a warren of derelict back rooms in the old Woolworth’s store on The Moor.

Inspired by Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, it will include family folklore, ghost stories, faded childhood memories, tragedies and much more.

People involved in the Arts Council funded project spent a month collecting material in their Story Swap Tea Rooms at the same venue.

Stories incorporated in the piece include escaping the clutches of the infamous Moonies and drifting through forgotten streets with Sheffield’s ghosts.

Artisitc director Malaika Cunningham said: “We are inviting people not just to watch but to join a journey through memories, fables and folklore from the Steel City.

“They will get the chance to dodge pottery jugglers, sneak down haunted hallways to see illicit jiving and discover rooms of green balloons and first snow - so we are asking people to dress up warm and be prepared to explore!”

Around £1,000 was contributed to the project through a fundraising initiative on a crowdfunding website.

“Our aim was to involve local people and we have achieved that. Many of the stories have come from people who say they have not engaged with the arts in the past,” Malaika said.

“This promises to be a really special piece of theatre. We want to attract audiences from all walks of life.”

The show opens to the public on Thursday and runs until Saturday December 6.