Sheffield festival of new drama aims to be bigger and better

Sheffield’s twice-yearly Enable US Festival of new theatre is back with nine acclaimed shows in a programme that the organisers say will be bigger, bolder and better than ever.

Monday, 18th February 2019, 15:06 pm
Updated Monday, 18th February 2019, 15:12 pm
A scene from a play Cie Moost, Take Care of Yourself, part of the EnableUS spring drama festival in Sheffield

The diverse programme includes a feminist drama from the writer of Call the Midwife, hard-hitting international circus exploring child trafficking,political satire, an uplifting play without words, a classical music-based performance featuring renowned one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy and innovative physical theatre.

Eight of the nine performances take place at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio, just off Glossop Road. For the first time, the festival is staging an event outside its usual home with Michael Pinchbeck’s Concerto taking place at Firth Hall on April 5.

The festival opens on March 25 with the Best of BE FESTIVAL - three European shows and a free meal in one evening. This is followed by Status, on March 26, an award-winning exploration of nationality and political control.

The festival closes on April 6 with Unsung, about women written out of history, by Yorkshire writer Lisa Holdsworth of Call the Midwife and Ackley Bridge.

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