An absolute triumph

Yorkshire Post on Steel

World Première

‘I am the Labour Party candidate. Now ask me why.’
‘Because I am the best damn person for the job.’

Vanessa Gallacher is the latest Labour Party candidate for metro mayor. Parachuted in from Westminster but with local roots, she’s determined, untouchable and exactly what this city needs; even if they don’t know it yet.

Josie Kirkwood is steel through and through. She’s a fresh new voice just trying to win a seat on the local council, whatever good that might do. She may be on home ground, but it’s a whole new territory.

A witty new play by Chris Bush (What We Wished For, A Dream), Steel explores the last three decades of women in politics. Surely things can only get better?

Running time: About 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)

A Sheffield Theatres Production

  • Nigel Betts
  • Rebecca Scroggs
  • Chris Bush Writer
  • Rebecca Frecknall Director
  • Madeleine Girling Designer
  • Jack Knowles Lighting Designer
  • James Frewer Sound Designer and Composer
  • Anna Cooper CDG Casting Director
  • Michaela Kennen Dialect Coach
  • Ebe Bamgboye Assistant Director

Access performances

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Audio Described by Jane Ensell + Barbara Crossley

  • Thu 27 Sep 7:45pm Book
  • Thu 4 Oct 2:15pm Book
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Captioned by Cara Lawless

  • Tue 2 Oct 7:45pm Book
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Signed by Steve Conlon

  • Thu 27 Sep 7:45pm Book

Performances with Extras

Live for 5

  • On sale 3 August at 5.00pm. Available for all performances


  • Wed 26 Sep 7:45pm Book

Associated Events

Steel: Meet the Cast

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