Explosive theatre: Blitz tale to be told

Waingate after the Sheffield Blitz
Waingate after the Sheffield Blitz
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...AND from a football match promoting Anglo-German unity to – eek, this could be awkward – a play about the Sheffield Blitz...

Two London-based city-bread actors have set up their own theatre company in the capital and are currently working on a production entitled Operation Crucible.

Joshua Mayes-Cooper and Salvatore D’Aquilla, from Stannington and Norfolk Park respectively, have scripted the play which tells the story of our city under attack in December 1940.

The pair – whose professional credits include War Horse and Holby City – are currently raising funds for the production which they hope to tour city venues including the Crucible Studio in the autumn.

“It’s such a key part of our history,” says Joshua, 24, a former Bradfield School pupil. “We wanted our first play to be something that really meant something to us – this was it.”

He and Salvatore, 27, a former High Storrs School student, decided to set up Next Big Thing company after meeting at drama school in London, and researching their home town together.

The piece has now gone into preproduction with the pair currently raising £7,000 to cover costs.

A promotional video has been posted on Kick Starter