New performing arts project set to bring emerging talent to Sheffield

10 Mar New performing arts project set to bring emerging talent to Sheffield

  • University launches new platform for performing artists
  • Project is set to attract some of UK’s newest and most innovative performing arts companies to city
  • Initiative gives students unique chance to work and learn alongside performing artists to boost employability

Some of the UK’s newest and most innovative performing artists are set to perform in Sheffield thanks to a new initiative launched in the city.

Enable US, a project launched by the University of Sheffield’s Performance Venues, is providing a new platform in Sheffield for performing arts companies who may otherwise not get the opportunity to showcase their work in South Yorkshire.

The project will give students in Sheffield a unique opportunity to work alongside performing arts companies both academically and recreationally.

It will also enable audiences throughout the region to see top class performances without having to travel further afield to cities such as Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool.

The project has already attracted 10 new performances to the city, which are scheduled to be held throughout March and April. Highlights include;

  • James Harker’s new production Borderland, which is a provocative look at modern day segregation.
  • Ventoux, a new production from 2Magpie Theatre, which recreates the notorious cycle race between Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong in 2000.

For artists, collaborators and audiences, the Enable US initiative offers an opportunity to explore new methods of creative expression. The project is set to ignite discussion and debate, with a diversity of original theatre finding a stage at the University.

For students, the scheme provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with and learn from professional arts practitioners. This valuable experience could enrich their academic study and enhance their employability in the creative field.

The initiative is also planning on developing work-based learning programmes and internships in the near future.

Nick Hopwood, Head of Performance Venues at the University, who is leading the project, said: “This new scheme offers real benefits for people in Sheffield and throughout the South Yorkshire region. Local artists will have the opportunity to create and showcase new work, including the chance to collaborate with academics at the University.

“It also gives students at Sheffield an incredibly unique chance to work with and learn from some of the newest and most innovative performing artists in the UK. This could be hugely beneficial for any student who has ambitions to develop a career in theatre.

“By creating this new, open platform, we have already attracted new creativity to the city’s vibrant arts scene. This is resulting in a wide range of engaging productions for the public to enjoy.”

To find out more about Enable US, visit the project website: or sign up to the mailing list:

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