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The Lehman Trilogy, Showroom

The Lehman Trilogy is the story of three brothers who arrive in America from Bavaria in the mid 1800s, setting up a modest cloth business…

The Diary of a Showstopper

Prologue The hour before I performed in an improvised musical at the Lyceum, I was as ready as you could be for a completely made-up…

Africa 3.0, Showroom, 13 September

Africa 3.0 was a special opportunity to watch a film documenting a near-phenomenon and to then experience it. In this instance, the…

Sunday Afternoon at Folk Forest 2019

HoneyfeetHailing from Manchester, Honeyfeet brought eclectic instruments, passionate vocals and bags of energy to Folk Forest. Featuring…

KALLIDA 2019 - Sheffield on Tour

The third instalment of KALLIDA, a small capacity festival of music and visual arts, took place over the weekend 19-22 July. This year saw…

Marconi Union, 16 June, Yellow Arch

I feel slightly uneasy as I try to settle into an uncomfortable plastic chair in the darkened back room of Yellow Arch on a gloomy Sunday…

Carson McHone, 28 May, Cafe #9

Cafe #9 in Nether Edge is as appropriate a setting for Carson McHone's alternative Americana as you could find in Sheffield. Wood-panelled,…

Life of Pi

This latest Sheffield Theatres production is a dazzling adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 bestselling book. Given the novel is set mostly at…

Barber Shop Chronicles at the Crucible

For generations, African men have met in barbershops and this part of African culture is just as vital in the UK today. Throughout Barber…

Fat White Family, 9 May, Leadmill

A papier-mache pig's head sets the scene, its demonic grinning face illuminating the hollow of the bass drum. We stand, sipping cans of Red…

Spill Gold, 16 Apr, Hatch

Spill Gold by Spill Gold"One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz," Lou Reed once said. By this…

Tirzah, 10 Apr, Picture House Social

Devotion by TirzahLocal act Jackie Moonbather (bassist in Katie Pham's backing band, the Moonbathers) is a fitting opener to Tirzah's…

Porridge Radio, 18 Apr, Delicious Clam

Delicious Clam is the place to be right now if you want to see a disparate range of 'unknown' bands in a cool, welcoming place - and all…

The Day After IWD, 9 March, Hatch

On the night after International Women's Day, Hatch celebrated the occasion with an energetic line-up of female-fronted live goodness,…

Club Rush, 1 March, Hatch

According to Google, Club Rush is a tall plant with creeping underground stems, commonly found in most areas of England. Nestled in the…

Alienata, 23 Feb, Night Kitchen

So it is here, a huge green door of The Night Kitchen, the location secret until two hours before the gig. Before I descend into the annals…