The future is fantastic at Theatre Deli

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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A festival of protest, performance and utopia-building is heading to the theatre this July

From 4 – 20 July, Theatre Deli are asking ‘If we could create a better world, what would it look like, and how do we go about making it?’


A Future Fantastic invites audiences to imagine, and start making a world which looks closer to paradise than apocalypse. All are welcome to enjoy the creative line-up of theatre, installation, workshops, discussions and circus presented by The Bare Project, Ruskin in Sheffield, the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and Theatre Deli.


Taking inspiration from the utopian ambitions of John Ruskin, a revolutionary of the Victorian age, the festival hopes to imagine how we might create a society, not built on profit and careless consumption but on meaningful work, an appreciation of the natural world and art, and most importantly, happiness.



A spokesperson for the Theatre Deli said: “Today, climate change and conflict loom large, and 200 years on from his birth, Ruskin’s ideas are more important than ever.”


Festival events include The People’s Palace of Possibility, a performance installation created by The Bare Project to immerse yourself in utopian ideas and actions; discussions with engaging experts including renowned Sheffield philosopher Angie Hobbs, author Charles Seaford, food activist Emily Westwell, and Green New Deal pioneer Colin Hines: an innovative workshop on the future of work led by award-winning playwright and activist Sarah Woods; theatre performance from Manchester’s Paper People Theatre; an edible ‘yarden’ workshop with Manor & Castle Development Trust; a poetic launch of a global virtual forest with cycling theatre supremos Handlbards; and a new circus show inspired by a response to climate change from Greentop’s talented Troupe of young performers.


Theatre Deli is a fully accessible ground floor venue in 202 Eyre Street with toilet and baby change on site. Full event listings and tickets (mostly Pay What You Feel) can be found on Theatre Deli websites or by calling 0114 278 6500.

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