Sheffield Theatres Online Showcase

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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Six new film works by local artists will premiere on Wednesday 9 September at 7.45pm.

Co-created by the cohort of The Bank, Sheffield Theatres’ talent development programme, these new films feature a cast of northern actors. Also announced are the latest sessions in the Creative Exchanges series from the artistic community of South Yorkshire.


The Bank opened in November 2019 as a creative space for local artists and theatre-makers to develop work, skills, and collaborations with the support of staff and creative teams at Sheffield Theatres.

The inaugural 14-strong cohort of writers, directors and producers have co-created the showcase, with four produced as short films, by Brett Chapman and Smart Banda, and two presented through Zoom.

Robert Hastie, Artistic Director said: “We’re proud to share this online showcase from the inaugural cohort of supported artists at The Bank. The launch of the programme last year was a brilliant moment for Sheffield Theatres, being able to provide space and support for the wealth of creative talent in the city.

“Recent months have presented significant challenges for our industry and I’m delighted that we have been able to maintain and continue to evolve our commitment to talent development throughout this time. Thirty-six artists have been involved in the making of these films; creatives, actors and fillm makers and it is thrilling to be able to share their work in this way.”

The six experimental new plays have been written by Ella Hardy, Todd Heppenstall, John Hunter, Laura Lindsey, Kat Rose Martin and Tim Norwood. Directors Hassun El-Zafar, John Hunter, John Rwothomack and Elin Schofield are joined by Ben Wilson, Sheffield Theatres’ Agent for Change and Connie Treves, Resident Assistant Director. The showcase has been produced by James Ashfield, Hannah Crawford, Alfie Heffer and Miriam Schechter.

The films will all be shown on Sheffield Theatres’ YouTube channel.

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