Historic stirrings of industrial unrest on the stage again

Photocall for The Stirring in Sheffield on a Saturday Night by Dronfield Light Opera Group
Photocall for The Stirring in Sheffield on a Saturday Night by Dronfield Light Opera Group
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The Stirrings in Sheffield on Saturday Night, 
Dronfield Civic Hall

Dronfield Light Opera Group iare getting closer to their audience for their latest production .

A specially-built thrust stage reaches out into the auditorium for this show, which records the Sheffield Outrages, when trade unionists were accused of turning to violence.

Director Andrea Powell said: “Stirrings is a musical documentary which charts a significant time in the area’s history. It is an ideal show to perform in the round and we hope audiences will appreciate being in the heart of the action.”

The Outrages was a period in the area’s history of 150 years ago that saw the first clashes between unions and managements.

The Stirrings is almost an institution in itself. Revived many times both professionally and by amateurs, it has become the area’s most potent and enduring musical documentary.

The story of prejudice, labour relations, civic responsibility and social welfare is as relevant 
now as it always has been.

The story is told against a background of music hall, sketch revue, monologue and folk songs and the music is for the most part authentic and traditional to the area.

Andrea says of the show: “Whenever people discuss Stirrings there is always a buzz because it is so well known and well loved. It is a fresh today as it was when it was first produced in 1966. And it deals with a period in Sheffield’s history that became a blueprint for what was to come.”

The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday and there is a Saturday matinee. 
For tickets, call 01246 416364.