Next month, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, the world première of a new musical by Richard Hawley and Chris Bush, will take to the Crucible stage. Alongside this landmark production, the city will come together to celebrate its history, its stories, its people.
Throughout the development of Standing at the Sky’s Edge, the creative team for the show has been in regular dialogue with ex-residents, residents and people who have a long-standing and close connection with Park Hill, which forms the backdrop for the production. The rich and diverse voices of Park Hill are now being brought together to create an audio piece that captures the experience of living there over the last sixty years. These stories will be featured online and in the Crucible throughout the run of the production.
A new project, Songs from the Sky’s Edge will see Sheffield Theatres working with community-based Everyone’s Singing Group, a small group drawn from Manor & Castle Park and Arbourthorne neighbourhoods. They will work with professional musician, Luke Carver Goss, in a series of workshops to create a song, giving voice to their own stories and experiences of community, place and heritage, culminating in performances in the Crucible foyer before performances on 27 March.
Thanks to the support of Urban Splash, Sheffield based, internationally known artist Kid Acne will create a new piece of art to be projected onto the side of Park Hill flats and around the city to celebrate the opening of the show. They have also arranged for the photographic work of Bill Stephenson – which was recently part of the hugely successful Love Among the Ruins exhibition at Park Hill to be displayed at the Crucible and Park Hill-based cafe, South Street Kitchen. The theatres is also putting a call out to people who have lived in or around Park Hill over the last 60 years to share their photos with them. These pictures will also be displayed at the Crucible during the run of the show.
Partnerships throughout the show include Sheffield’s Triple Point Brewery, who are creating a bespoke Standing at the Sky’s Edge beer – Sky’s Edge Gold - set to be available in their bar and at the Crucible during the show, with 10% of profits going towards Sheffield Theatres’ community outreach work in the city.
Finally, Sheffield Theatres is working with residents associations and local groups to reach out to those who don’t usually come through its doors. Through its community engagement programme, the theatres will invite the individuals that the show is about to see it first on its public dress rehearsal on Thursday 14 March.
Standing at the Sky’s Edge runs at the Crucible from Thursday 14 March – Saturday 6 April. Tickets are on sale now.