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Festival, Sun 29 Oct - Sat 2 Dec 2017

Enable US Festival

Enable US Festival


Shearwood Road,
S10 2TD


The Enable Us Festival of new theatre & independent performance returns to the University of Sheffield Drama Studio this Autumn.

The twice-yearly festival began last Spring and is back this Autumn with 11 spectacular shows, at the end of October and November, each staged for one night only at the Drama Studio.

Enable US is produced by the Performance Venues department of the University of Sheffield. The line-up offers something for everyone with comedy, Japanese horror, a Howard Barker world premiere, clowning, local history, children’s theatre, candle-lit ghost stories, political gig theatre, interactive gaming, and a personal exploration of quantum mechanics.

The festival opens with award-winning comedian Brennan Reece with his new hit show ‘Everlong’ on Sun 29 Oct, 8pm. This is followed by Japanese horror inspired edge-of-your-seat drama ‘Kwaidan’ which features disturbingly realistic life-size and humanette puppets, shadows and video with live performance (Mon 30 Oct, 8pm).

Next is a double bill of two hard-hitting short dramas from leading British playwright Howard Barker - including a world premiere of the unpublished play ‘All This Joseph’ (Wed 1 Nov, 8pm). The writer, musician and BBC Radio 3 and 4 presenter Dr David Bramwell takes us on a mysterious water journey along the River Don, from Doncaster where he grew up to its source in the Pennines with ‘Dead Flow the Don’ (Thu 2 Nov, 8pm).

The first week of the festival ends with a show for children aged 3 – 7 years and their families, a new telling of the ‘3 Bears’ set in a kitchen and told by a chef using cooking utensils (Sat 4 Nov, 11am & 2pm).

Week two of the Enable US festival begins on Mon 27 Nov, 8pm with the Edinburgh Festival hit political gig theatre, ‘Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)’. ‘Wi-Fi Wars’ is hugely acclaimed interactive comedy game show where the audience play along on their smartphones or tablets (Tue 28 Nov, 7.30pm). This is followed by ‘The Principle of Uncertainty’ where a lecture on quantum mechanics turns into a touching exploration of personal heart-break (Wed 29 Nov, 8pm).

Things take a spooky turn with ‘Oh, Whistle…’ an evening of two M.R. James ghost stories told by candlelight (Thu 30 Nov, 8pm). ‘Welcome to Paradise’ is an alternative Christmas show that ventures into the darkly comic side of festive season (Fri 1 Dec, 8pm). Enable US Autumn 2017 ends with another show for children aged 4 and above, and their families with a puppet version of fairy tale favourite, ‘Rapunzel’ (Sat 2 Dec, 11am & 2pm).

All performances take place in the intimate yet impressive Drama Studio, a former church transformed into a professional theatre. It is located on Shearwood Road, just off Glossop Road and around the corner from the Children’s Hospital and the Octagon Centre.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 29 Oct - Sat 2 Dec 2017


From £5.00

Ticket Outlet: The City Hall and The University of Sheffield Students' Union Ticket Office


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