Theatre Deli Winter Programme

202 Eyre Street
theatredeli.co.uk

Now located on the corner of Eyre Street and St Mary's Gate, Theatre Deli has become one of the leading theatres in Sheffield, crossing the boundaries of art forms and disciplines since setting out its stall in 2014.

Kicking off the winter programme is Songlines (5 Sept), a teen love story and coming-of-age theatre piece with live folk music from TRILLS, closely followed by Verse Matters spoken word night the following evening. Make sure you catch Charlie Ward (11-22 Sept), a 15-minute sound installation for audiences of ten by collaborative theatre company Sound&Fury, a moving and immersive account of a bed-ridden solider in the First World War.

On a different tip, Deli brings in Sheffield-via-everywhere band Rafiki Jazz (29 Sept) to perform their rootsy, folky, truly international music. The following month (12 Oct), Nice Like Rice team up with fem queer collective Fruit n Juice, inviting Bradley Zero and Powder to spin some tunes till the early hours. October also sees Melanin Fest put on a spoken word night in celebration of Black History Month, inspired by author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

Visit the website and plug into Deli's social media for more of the good stuff.

Festival of the Mind

20-30 September
festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk

Showcasing University of Sheffield academics and researchers, in collaboration with the city's creative community, Festival of the Mind reveals some of Sheffield's most talented citizens through a series of talks, events and experiences.

This year's programme is full of intriguing content, including: The Age of Love by Pete McKee and Dr Sharron Hinchliff (20-30 Sept, Art House), an exhibition exploring discrimination and stigma around older people and sex; Beware The Cat (Sat 22 Sept, Spiegeltent), the first ever performance of the first English novel; Experience Castlegate (20-30 Sept, Millennium Gallery), an augmented reality experience revealing Sheffield's lost castle; Sounds of the Antarctic (Sat 29 Sept, Octagon), a live audio-visual extravaganza from University of Sheffield Concerts and creative studio Human; Mirrors and Ribbons (Tues 25 Sept, Cathedral), aerial theatre reflecting on the female form in the circus; and Perspectives on Basic Income (20-30 Sept, Art House cafe), a video and audio project exploring perspectives on the idea of a 'basic income' for all citizens.

There's loads more in the programme, including provocative and thought-provoking talks in the Spiegeltent on Barkers Pool, a pop-up garden and art installation at Love Square on West Bar, and the Futurecade at Millennium Gallery, featuring innovative and mind-bending digital projects.

Door 43 Self Care Clothing

sheffieldfutures.org.uk/merch

Sheffield Futures is Sheffield's biggest youth charity, doing important work in careers advice and employment, healthy relationships education, citizenship, activism, the prevention of sexual exploitation and many other issues that affect young people.

The charity also runs Door 43, an under-one-roof preventative mental health service for 13 to 25-year-olds, which combines specialist support such as counselling with awareness and advice work, signposting and more. It's about giving young people a safe, independent and non-judgemental space to talk through their stresses and concerns.

To support this project, last month Sheffield Futures launched its Self Care Clothing line, 'merch with a message' which is designed to encourage discussion and openness about mental health issues. Bespoke hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags are available via the above link or at Syd and Mallory on Devonshire Street, with all proceeds going back into Door 43.

Apparently, Lord Mayor Magid Magid has even been spotted wearing the t-shirts...


Sheffield Makes Music

Friday 28 September

Sheffield Makes Music returns to the city’s streets for an entire day celebrating our very own musical talents. This year it's in collaboration with Festival of the Mind and the national BBC Music Day, including BBC Radio 6Music’s Steve Lamacq broadcasting live from the Spiegeltent in Barkers Pool.

All over the city centre, expect acoustic performances from live bands and local artists as part of the The Leadmill Acoustic Train, taking you on a whirlwind tour of shops, bars and cafes, before a performance from The Magic Gang at the Leadmill itself. Alternatively, find your way to see opera on the Town Hall steps, flash mobs and children’s choirs in St Paul’s Place, or to Bear Tree Records for an intimate performance from surf rock instrumentalists Surf Muscle. The music will continue to ring across the city in the evening at Delicious Clam and the Frog and Parrot, right through until Saturday morning at Hope Works.

Moonshine

abbeydalebrewery.co.uk

Abbeydale Brewery’s pale ale Moonshine has just won another award. No, it’s not the 'Most Pints Drunk in Sheffield' award, although it could well be if there were such a prize. Previously, it has in fact been named by CAMRA the beer ‘Most Seen Around Pubs & Bars in Sheffield’. Personally, we’d give it the title of ‘Most Dangerously Quaffable’.

This time, exactly 22 years after the very first batch won Sheffield Beer Festival’s 1996 Beer of the Festival, Abbeydale Brewery’s flagship beer has won the Bronze Medal for Golden Ale in 2018’s Champion Beer of Britain Competition. A much-loved local icon, Moonshine has been brewed in the same way for all 22 of those years and still accounts for around half of the brewery’s output. Get yourself down to pretty much any pub in Sheffield to remind yourself how easy this one slips down, even now it’s so heavily decorated.


Off The Shelf Festival of Words

6-27 October
offtheshelf.org.uk

This year's Off The Shelf celebrates three anniversaries - Suffrage 100, Frankenstein 200 and Circus 250 - with various talks, discussions and art events. Here's just a small selection of highlights.

Circus of Horrors (21 Oct, The Void) is a lurid 60s horror film based on a murderous circus surgeon. Mary Shelley: A Biography (8 Oct, SU Auditorium) sees Miranda Seymour delve into the life of this remarkable, era-defining author. Helen Pankhurst (14 Oct, Millennium Gallery), Emmeline Pankhurst’s great- granddaughter, explores female emancipation post suffrage and how far there is left to go. And last but by no means least, Gina Miller (9 Oct, Pennie Theatre) speaks about her experiences of challenging the implementation of Article 50 and the 'life lessons in speaking out' contained in her new book, Rise.

The programme offers so much more, celebrating a diversity of literature and writers, so find a printed copy or visit the website.