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THE changing face of one of Sheffield’s most iconic residential buildings is the backdrop for a challenging new piece of theatre.

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) will head north from its month-long season in the Old Vic Tunnels of Waterloo Station to occupy an area beside Park Hill estate, currently undergoing redevelopment.

They will perform SLICK, which shakes up the politics of pollution in a site-specific show with epic choreography and live music.

Inspired by the continued debate on climate change and the global waste epidemic, the audience will be led on a journey to a brave new world.

SLICK will combine the NYT’s young talent to create a spectacular large-scale outdoor production.

It is written by Ali Taylor and staged by creative director Paul Roseby and director Anna Niland.

It is the second part of an environmental trilogy which opened in 2010 with S’WARM at Battersea Power Station and various sites across London.

In London NYT is currently performing Our Days of Rage, written in response to the uprisings across North Africa, the Middle East and Middle England, and a new version of the ancient Orpheus myth, entitled Orpheus & Eurydice, a myth underground.

NYT are excited by their Sheffield location. “Fifty years on from the birth of Park Hill, this monument to social housing has been celebrated and criticised in equal measure but is now enjoying a stunning regeneration programme” says a spokesman. The 17-acre site provides the perfect backdrop for epic storytelling, with streets in the sky, views over Sheffield and urban-amphitheatres ideal for ensemble choreography and breathtaking audience aerial views. “

SLICK will be performed there September 1–3. Tickets available via www.ideastap.com/slick