Theatre returns to the cityPosted by: Richard Abbey
Sheffield Theatres has partnered with Paines Plough to launch a new series of audio plays.
In response to a rapidly changing world, where all touring and live performance is currently on hiatus, Paines Plough have launched Come To Where I Am. In partnership with Sheffield Theatres and other theatres across the UK they will co-commission 30 new short plays from local writers about the places they call home and their relationship to home at this time. In a reversal of previous plays these will be recorded first and released as visual-audio pieces and then performed in partnering theatres when they reopen.
The seven new plays about Sheffield have been written by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Associate Chris Bush, writer of Park Hill musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge, and the six writers from the inaugural cohort of artists from The Bank, Sheffield Theatres’ dedicated talent development hub.
All of these new plays will be made available online and, for certain groups who may find it more difficult or even impossible to access digital content, Paines Plough will create a unique live readings of the plays over the phone, allowing isolated audience groups to access on-demand culture.
Paines Plough are working in collaboration with celebrated actors to provide this caller service including David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lisa Hammond and Sally Dynevor – with more still to be announced.
Paines Plough will use their wide-ranging and expansive app-based audio play library, Come To Where I’m From, as a launching point for Come To Where I Am. Set up 11 years ago Come To Where I’m From has seen over 160 playwrights from across the country write about the places they call home. Each play is performed by the writer for one-night only and then becomes part of the free app creating a vivid patchwork quilt of accents, experiences and impressions of the UK.
To find out more, visit www.painesplough.com or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk