Comedy, children’s show and Mulan story part of Sheffield Crucible Theatre's reopening festival

The Crucible’s reopening event, the Together Season Festival, continues with comedy, a children’s story and two shows featuring powerful women.

By Julia Armstrong
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:03 pm
Kafayat Adegoke stars in PER-SO-NA as part of the Crucible's Together Season Festival
Kafayat Adegoke stars in PER-SO-NA as part of the Crucible's Together Season Festival

In Monster Proof (May 27), eccentric executive Carol can’t be persuaded to evacuate her penthouse when she’s threatened by a Godzilla-like monster – or that there's a monster out there at all. Inspired by climate change, B-movies and current catastrophes, Monster Proof is a comedy-drama performed as ‘live radio’.

Kafayat Adegoke presents her one-woman show PER-SO-NA on May 28, looking at clashing identities and trying to fit in somewhere as a Nigerian gay woman.

Anna Soden presents Five Children and It, adapted from E Nesbit’s children’s novel, on May 29 at 11am. The magical story of an unexpected adventure is told using music and puppetry.

In The Ballad of Mulan, the legendary woman warrior who inspired the Disney film contemplates returning to her old life after 10 years of fighting, disguised as a man. There are two shows on Saturday, May 29.

The festival season, featuring a diverse range of shows picked by a panel of Sheffield volunteers, runs until June 5.

For details and bookings, go to

The private chapel at Rotherham stately home Wentworth Woodhouse has welcomed back a thought-provoking exhibition by a Pakistani women’s art collective, which ended abruptly in the pandemic last year.

Artists Mariam Shah, Zanib Rasool and Shaheen Shah in their exhibition The Suitcase, at Wentworth Woodhouse

The Suitcase marks the monumental life change of the first generation of Pakistani women who came to Rotherham in the 1960s, telling their stories through the memories they carried with them in hearts and luggage.

The exhibition ran for just two days before the UK went into its second national lockdown on November 4, forcing the mansion to close.

It captures the sight, smell, and feel of the Pakistani home through stories, poetry, visual images and video.

Everyday objects the women brought with them will be on display; prayer mats, clay pots, bracelets and henna and photos of the family left behind, plus the letters that arrived from home as they navigated a new life.

Sheffield's Site Gallery is reopening with two exhibitions linked to Sheffield DocFest

“We are thrilled that it is now safe to get our lives back on track and we can show our artwork again,” said Zanib Rasool MBE, a Rotherham writer and poet, who makes up the Zanib Collective with Shaheen Shah, a visual artist, and oral historian Mariam Shah.

It is free to visit The Suitcase, which runs to June 18, then transfers to Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham.

Viewing is in timed slots which can be booked online at

Sheffield’s contemporary art space, Site Gallery on Brown Street, will reopen to the public on June 4 after closing its doors last year.

The two opening exhibitions are part of the documentary film festival Sheffield DocFest’s Art Programme.

Here in This Room looks at the different ways that artists have experienced domestic spaces. It features works including moving image, installations, mixed media, sound and performance.

Artists featured include Anuj Malhotra, Basir Mahmood, Bassam Al-Sabah, Heesoo Kwon, Julie Ramage and Séamus Harahan.

In Posse is a new installation by artist Charlotte Jarvis that documents a quest she took to make semen from ‘female’ cells. In that time, Jarvis has been pregnant, experienced labour and become a mother. In Posse is her attempt to reconcile these experiences with the process of making the project.

Entry remains free for everyone, but you must book a timed ticket through before visiting to ensure the safety of Site’s visitors, volunteers and staff. To see Site’s Covid safety measures, go to

Sheffield DocFest runs from June 4-13. The line-up includes 55 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 15 European premieres and 59 UK premieres across 57 countries with 63 languages represented, including new international and UK competitions and a northern focus.

Among its highlights is the world premiere of the first instalment of Academy Award winner Steve McQueen’s new series for the BBC, Uprising. Directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Small Axe) and James Rogan, the film - about the 1981 New Cross fire - will be presented as a special screening.

This year’s Retrospective: Films strand will be a celebration of Black British screen culture curated by guest curators including historian and TV presenter David Olusoga, who is also the subject of the BBC interview.

DocFest box office details as above.