30 Jun — 22 Jul
Studio Theatre
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a moving, utterly unsoppy look at just how deaf 'hearing' people can be

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Regional Première

‘This is the first time you've ever listened to me properly and it's because I'm not speaking’

Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. In the arguments and jokes around the kitchen table, he has never been treated any differently to the rest of them. But when he meets Sylvia, who teaches him sign language, he starts to wonder if his family have ever really listened to him at all.

Deeply moving and shockingly funny, Tribes is about the need we all feel to belong, to speak and to be understood. Kate Hewitt, winner of the inaugural Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) Director Award 2016, directs the regional première of Nina Raine's powerful family drama.

Age guidance 14+

Contains some strong language

Please be aware that if you have a nut allergy that this production contains Walnuts and Pistachios. Please contact Box Office if you have any further queries.

This production is supported by a grant from:

Royal Theatrical Support Trust  @RoyalTheatrical



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

A Sheffield Theatres Production

  • Louisa Connolly-Burnham
  • Emily Howlett
  • Oliver Johnstone
  • Simon Rouse
  • Ciaran Alexander Stewart
  • Lindy Whiteford
  • Kate Hewitt Director
  • Amanda Stoodley Designer
  • Paul Keogan Lighting Designer
  • George Dennis Sound Designer and Composer
  • Andrzej Goulding Video Designer
  • Polly Jerrold Casting Director

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  • On sale Friday 2 June at 5.00pm. Tickets available across all performances.

Associated Events

Tribes: Meet the Cast

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Directing Workshop

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Play Reading Group: Rabbit by Nina Raine

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