Sheffield Theatres is today announcing that due to the current restrictions, The Band Plays On, a new play by Chris Bush, and Escaped Alone, by Caryl Churchill, will be rescheduled. The productions will go ahead behind closed doors and will be filmed and shared online.
The Open Submissions programme which was set to bring a range of local artists and companies to perform on the Crucible stage, will be rescheduled to later in the spring.
Dan Bates, Chief Executive, commented:
“We need to play our part in the lockdown and to keep our staff, freelancers and audience safe over this time. The new variant and the ease with which it is spreading has made us re-consider our current plans to ensure that we’re minimising contact between people at this time.
Delaying some of our work and moving some on-line gives us a great opportunity to reach more people and share amazing theatre across the globe.
Since March last year our work has been significantly reduced. We have tried to re-open three times and each time it has coincided with another lockdown. However, we haven’t lost our spirit! Our thanks go to the Government’s Culture Recovery fund, to Sheffield City Council and to the generosity of our audiences for their financial support over this time – it has been invaluable. This support means that when it is safe to do so, we will be ready to create more incredible productions for our audiences and for our city.”
The Band Plays On weaves together stories of solidarity and survival from the Steel City, sound tracked by new versions of classics from some of Sheffield's most celebrated artists. From the team that brought you Standing at the Sky’s Edge, The Band Plays On is a rousing night of extraordinary tales and live music. Funny, moving and often unexpected, these episodes from our past might start to show us a way forward.
Caryl Churchill’s latest masterpiece Escaped Alone follows three old friends and an unexpected neighbour as they chat in a garden about their everyday lives. But what more has happened to each of them, and what catastrophes has the neighbour seen? Escaped Alone explores terror through small talk, and reveals the power of humour and humanity in the face of disaster.
Details of when The Band Plays On and Escaped Alone will be made available to watch online will be released in due course. In the meantime, customers who had booked to see the shows on the Crucible stage will be contacted by the Box Office. As a registered charity, the theatres are asking customers to consider converting their ticket money into credit or a donation to help support the company as it continues to navigate the financial challenges of the pandemic.