Season of good thrill set to see big moments on small stage

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UNDER The Covers begins the Lantern season on January 27.

Order (February 23–25) will mark the company’s professional debut. Written and directed by Martin and Matt Risby, this play about what happens when the line between reality and fantasy becomes dangerously blurred is described as “a dark, brooding and emotional drama”.

Lantern show - Dreams Of Philomina.

Lantern show - Dreams Of Philomina.

Iestyn Edwards returns with his hilarious production My Tutu’s Gone AWOL (March 1-3) and Sheffield vocalist Rosie Brown performs Where Light Falls; Songs about Joni Mitchell (March 9-10).

Thin Air (March 30-31) is a new play by award-winning author Berlie Doherty. Cottongrass Theatre Company present the haunting family saga, a tale of ambition, secrets and passion unspent.

A Shakespeare Festival begins January 29 when Griffin Theatre Arts present a Shakespeare in Performance Workshop. They will also deliver Shakespeare In A Week: Comedy of Errors, a whirlwind version of the Bard gem for participants aged 14-18.

DGP (Dilys Guite Players) will present Shakespeare: Method In The Madness (Feb 8-11), a selection of the playwright’s most iconic scenes, wildly reimagined. Looking For Richard, Al Pacino’s deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare’s significance and relevance to the modern world, is screened Feb 15.

The New Writing festival will host several events, including Writing For Theatre – a practical workshop by award-winning British playwright Richard Hurford. And Sheffield’s premier spoken word night Words Aloud returns for creative writers, an opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to showcase themselves within three minutes on the Lantern Stage.

Other shows to watch out for include Naomi Rothwell and Beth Caudle’s Dreams Of Philomina (Feb 18) – a tale of love and loss, silliness and a lonely widow.

Senagalese musician Diabel Cissokho appears April 13 and Bryony Kimmings’ brassy one woman show 7 Day Drunk follows a week later – created from an experiment in which she was kept in various states of “scientific drunkeness”.

Oscar Wilde’s gripping tale Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime lands April 27-28, courtesy of Rocket Theatre, and Ben Elton’s satire on big business, Gasping, runs May 21-26.

“This is about having a more consistent approach,” adds Matt. “It’s now a programme of work – a season.”

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