Our epic new musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge emerges from the heart of the People of Park Hill, telling stories from the 1960s to present day. Having taken the stage by storm, we were fortunate enough to team up with Bill Stephenson, the local social documentary photographer who first captured Park Hill in 1988 with his exhibition Streets in Sky, and then again last year with his photographs re-imagined to form a piece aptly named Love Among the Ruins. This exhibition ran from Friday 20 July – Tuesday 15 September 2018 and was hugely popular, with over 4041 guests viewing his work during its display. Stephenson captured snapshots of life on the brutalist giant in the late 80s, with bold images of its residents and their close-knit community in the sky.
With permission to share these iconic photographs, we have displayed them across the Crucible during the run of Standing at the Sky’s Edge. They can be found towering the front glass panels of the building, alongside the whole collection widely displayed on screens in the Upper Foyer. These stand alongside our own community project with ex and current Park Hill residents The People of Park Hill, which voices stories of life from the flats both past and present. Both displays are currently open for viewing.
Standing at the Sky’s Edge has received an overwhelming amount of praise since its opening. Audience members have hailed it ‘the most beautiful love song to Sheffield’* and are urging others to see the heartfelt performance before it closes on Saturday 6 April.