Sheffield Theatres set to host Together in the Square

Sheffield Theatres set to host Together in the Square

18 June 2021

Sheffield Theatres, supported by the University of Sheffield, Yellow Bus Events and Sheffield City Council, have announced Together in the Square, an outdoor weekend of free events marking a start to the ‘Summer in The Outdoor City’ campaign- taking place 26 - 27 June, in the space outside the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres, Tudor Square.

The square will be transformed into a festival space with events including street acts, music, poetry and theatre reflecting the rich diversity of creative talent in the region alongside nationally-acclaimed street performers.

On Saturday 26 June events will run from 11am10pm and on Sunday 27 June from 11am5pm, with earlier activities friendly to families and children. Deck chairs and benches will be available for people to enjoy all the performances, including a new socially-distanced participatory event created with Sheffield People’s Theatre, directed by Sheffield Theatres’ RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Anthony Lau.

Also included in the line-up, is performer, theatre-maker and director Hannah Butterfield; Sheffield-born-and-bred performer and writer Tommi Bryson; activist and former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid reading from his book The Art of Disruption; cross-genre arts group The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre performing acoustic storytelling; North East theatre company Bonnie and the Bonnettes performing drag and cabaret sketches; local performers Mark Mark Productions, a street and festival theatre group based in Barnsley, and Maynard Flip Flap, a comedy street performer based in Sheffield.

John Tomlinson, Producer at Sheffield Theatres said: 'It's so exciting to be presenting a programme of work in the city for audiences to enjoy for free. We recognise how challenging this time has been for the city centre and its businesses, so are thrilled to be able to bring people back to the heart of our city through a weekend of brilliant performances for everyone to enjoy.

We’re so grateful for the expertise and support of our partners, The University of Sheffield and Yellow Bus Events, for the support from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund and commitment from Sheffield City Council. We can't wait for Sheffield to see what we've put together.’

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture at the University of Sheffield, added: “Whenever the University of Sheffield collaborates with the world-class team at Sheffield Theatres and our long-standing events partner, Yellow Bus, you can be sure that Sheffield residents and visitors are in for a real treat! It's fantastic that we are able to put our combined skills together to bring some much needed vibrancy back to the city centre and provide the opportunity for many local artists and performers to showcase their talent. Let’s hope for blue skies, sunny days and happy audiences.” 

Crucible Corner, Sheffield Theatres’ bar restaurant, located on the corner of Tudor Square will be open over the weekend for customers to enjoy a range of hot sandwiches and light bites and refreshments. Tables can be booked in advance at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.

Together in the Square will help kick off celebrations for Sheffield's Summer in The Outdoor City, set to showcase a whole host of vibrant events taking place across the city, as lockdown eases and Sheffield continues its Covid-19 recovery.

The campaign will be part of a series of initiatives designed to welcome back visitors and drive footfall to the city centre and local high streets; supporting local businesses to recover from the pandemic and encouraging people to enjoy the great experiences Sheffield has to offer. For more info visit: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/summer

All events held at Together in the Square will be FREE with unallocated seating. More information about all the acts can be found at: sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.