Park Hill residents given chance to see Hawley musical first

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Chris Bush and Richard Hawley

The landmark new musical, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, opens at the Crucible on Friday 15 March, and Sheffield Theatres is giving the people of Park Hill a chance to see it first

Residents of Park Hill, which has inspired the new musical from Sheffield Theatres and Richard Hawley, are being given the chance of to have a sneak-peek at its dress rehearsals this week, ahead of opening night on 15 March.


Throughout the process of creating Standing at the Sky’s Edge, the theatres have worked closely with both ex and current residents of Park Hill and surrounding areas, and on Thursday 14 March, these local groups, individuals and organisations are invited to be the first to see the show in its Public Dress Rehearsal.


Dan Bates, Chief Executive at Sheffield Theatres, said: ‘"Standing at the Sky's Edge is the story of our city. We've connected with so many people who have contributed to the show's development or are participating in music, photography or oral history projects that are inspired by it.


“These people, most of whom have never been to our theatres before, are at the heart of this musical and I'm delighted that we're able to share the show with them first."


As part of this engagement project with the communities of Park Hill, Sheffield Theatres has created the ‘People of Park Hill’ project, speaking to ex and current residents of the estate about their history, lives and stories of living in the famous Sheffield landmark – these stories are available on social media and will be played in the Crucible during the run of Standing at the Sky’s Edge. 


Chris Bush, Richard Hawley and Robert Hastie. Photo credit: Chris Saunders


In addition, ‘Songs from the Sky’s Edge’, has seen Sheffield Theatres bringing the community-based Everyone’s Singing Group, together with professional musician, Luke Carver Goss.


Across several weeks the group, who are based in Manor and Castle Park and Arbourthorne, will create a song, giving voice to their own stories and experiences of community, place and heritage, culminating in performances in the Crucible foyer before Standing at the Sky’s Edge on Wednesday 27 March.


Standing at the Sky’s Edge runs at the Crucible Theatre from Friday 15 March – Saturday 6 April. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online.

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