Festival of Debate

April - June 2018

A sister venture of Now Then, we started Festival of Debate in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election and it went down so well that we made it an annual fixture. Since then we have run over 200 Festival of Debate events in Sheffield.

Next year we will run the festival in multiple venues across the city between 20 April and 29 June, programming around 50 events with a number of partner organisations and individuals. Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, poetry, spoken word, theatre – we're open to any event format that explores the important social issues of the day.

We are still planning the 2018 programme and it's really important to us that this is a collaborative process, so if you've got ideas, please get in touch. Your level of commitment can range from, 'Hey, here's a good idea for an event,' to, 'I'd like to run the whole thing myself under the festival banner.' The important thing for us is getting as many people involved as we can. We can also offer a number of volunteering opportunities, so if you've got free time on your hands and are looking for something meaningful to do, get in touch.

Drop us a line before Christmas if you're interested - hello@festivalofdebate.com.


Theatre Deli
1-31 December

  • We've been huge fans of Theatre Deli since its opening in the Old Woolworths on the Moor in 2014, and it's been a pleasure to host so many events there ourselves, so it was great to see the team take on a bigger and better space in a former retail unit on Eyre Street, next door to Office Outlet near the bottom of the Moor.

    Following the great success of last year's immersive adaptation of The Great Gatsby, this festive season Deli are again teaming up with mischief makers The Guild of Misrule for their Christmas production, Neverland, which producer Brian Hook describes as being "all the things we love about theatre".

    Featuring strong storytelling and an original score, the two-hour immersive musical inspired by Peter Pan encourages the audience to rediscover their inner child, something that would probably do some of us a lot of good. The Lost Boys, of course, are out in force, alongside swashbuckling pirates and more, and we're reliably informed that the rum will be flowing, so be careful with that.

    Tickets are priced at £21 or £16 concessions and there will also be two special performances: The Lost Boy's Christmas Party on 23 December (£25) and The Tinker Ball on New Year's Eve (£35). Tickets available via sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. Miss it, miss out.