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Sheffield Hallam Acting & Performance students to work Stand and Be Counted Theatre as part of our brand new Level 5 Ideas into Action module. Learn more about SBC's innovative new programme of works.
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Our BA (honours) degree in Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University has scored an impressive 100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) for the second year running!

This year, the course, which provides undergraduate training in a broad range of acting and performance skills, also scored 100% in the NSS for teaching. These excellent results put the course in the top ten in the University for overall student satisfaction. When you consider that Sheffield Hallam has just been awarded University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the Times and Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2020, it's clear that this is a great time to be joining us. 

Our exciting performer training provision is based in our new studio theatre facilities, the Performance Lab, on Arundel Gate in the city centre. Students study a range of practical and theoretical modules, including Performance for the Stage, International Actor Training, Acting for the Screen, and Broadcast Performance.

"I learnt such a vast pool of skills, tailored by a huge range of practitioners, all of which I have now brought together, cutting and pasting the best bits from every single one to create the method I approach projects with today. It’s something that is continuously evolving… I’m really happy with everything I achieved whilst training at SHU Performance, I feel that I took every opportunity by the horns and I wouldn’t change a thing.” Amy Blake, recent graduate and professional actor.

In recent years, Stage and Screen students have performed at the Venice Biennale, and in Paris and Berlin as part of the major international arts project Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. For two years running our level five students have travelled to Czech Republic for the Prague Fringe Festival. And they’ve been really busy here in Sheffield too. In the Autumn of 2018 students from all years of the degree performed in a brand-new play Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by the award-winning playwright Hattie Naylor as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. And a group of final year students took part in TREEFXXXERS by the international performance company Doppelgangster in response to the Sheffield street tree controversy.


“We want to provide young people in Sheffield and the north of England with an alternative to the London universities and drama schools. We passionately believe in the value of the theatre and performance to make change, and we’re working hard to produce graduates who can contribute in a meaningful way to their communities as well as the creative industries here in the north and elsewhere.”– Ashley Barnes, Head of Stage and Screen.

The significant contribution that the course makes to the development of its students – from entry qualifications to final award - is evidenced by its rating as joint 2nd in the UK for ‘value added’ in The Guardian’s university league table for drama and dance 2019. This 'value added' is evidenced by the diverse range of careers that our students enter into upon graduation. Many are working full time as professional actors, other graduates have set up their own film and theatre companies, others have trained as teachers, while some are even working in journalism.

"The course is so broad and varied so what I was doing, it never felt "wrong.” My career path still felt 100% valid, even though I was studying a performance degree. If anything, it made me care more, it made empathise with people in a way that I might not have been able to had I studied something else”.Elizabeth Pennington, recent graduate and journalist.


For those who want to train as actors and performers this course offers a great option to study in Sheffield and be part of the vibrant theatre and arts scene in the city. This autumn students and graduates are participating in Off the Shelf again with September in the Rain by John Godber and Choke Me by Doppelgangster. Visit the Off the Shelf website for details and show times. 

Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University is looking forward to meeting its new intake this September. Applications for September 2020 are open! For more information about the course visit

Photograph 1: Level 6 students at the Performance Lab, image by Becky Payne.

Photograph 2: TREEFXXXERS by Doppelgangster, image by Becky Payne.

Photograph 3: Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by Hattie Naylor, image by Becky Payne.

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Doppelgangster's "COLD WAR" SHU Review

"COLD WAR"; a brilliantly fitting title for the invigorating experimental piece, Doppelgangster's newest eco-aware performance project.
If you don't know Doppelgangster, you are surely out of the performance art circuit. Doppelgangster is a two man force of nature compromising of the commanding and zealous Tobias Manderson-Galvin (a native Aussie) and Dr Tom Payne, a witty and charismatic man with a voice as soft as the ocean's waves.
The pair have a lot of great chemistry, something you can tell as soon as you see them interact. They even each other out perfectly and these guys know that climate change is no joke. The aim of their projects... to confront and challenge the world's environmental issues, and to quote them: "[...] the show is like whatever the opposite of a car chase is."
The performance immediately radiated with seriousness as I stepped down into the dark performance space and reached out to touch my seat on the first row. The only light coming from the corner of the room where both of the performers stood, warmly lit with hues of green and pink lights, facing us as we entered. It wasn't an invasive feeling, more of an awareness, they were patiently waiting, as were we. Was this a metaphor in itself? You come to question everything an artist does in an experimental performance piece.
I picked up on a lot of references that both of the cultivated performers mentioned and I think that was the most important part of the performance; to know exactly what they were talking about, understanding each individual thought on it and changing the meaning of what we once thought, challenging our conceptions. References such as conspiracy theories ( a nod to the farce in one of their written songs; "Titanic was an inside job"), ISIS beheading videos, starving polar bears, etc. Things that myself and other children of the internet would immediately click with knowing. One person I spoke to said the songs spoke to him as a Brechtian-style influence.
A particular moment that stuck in my mind was from Dr Payne in which he mentioned that a beheading video he saw online stuck with him because he and the victim both shared similarities aesthetically. I think this is a very important point. Do we only truly care about the tragedies and issues that we can relate to? I'm thinking now that this may have been a hidden reference to the recent Notre Dame incident where French billionaires pledged their fortunes to save the historically rich Western architecture. Yet, where is this generosity and kindness with many other horrific tragedies happening all around the world?
Their stream of consciousness dialogue with quick-fire exchanges keep audiences attentions on their message. When one performer went on to mention something reflecting a very interesting idea he was interrupted by the other's memory of a personal story, symbolising that right now in our political climate it's hard to know who to listen to.
We were handed a piece of ice to hold, many would think a symbol of the melting ice caps. I noticed a lot of people put their ice on the floor, something I knew would be a rookie error if you wanted to truly understand and be open to the performance's communication that climate change is everyone's responsibility. As it numbed my hands and my jeans began to soak, I thought: "These guys are geniuses".
I thought they perfectly handled the audience, alienating with structured bits of live and originally written/adapted song with on stage costume changes. Yet, made sure that they were never being intrusive or patronising, instead bringing together the contemporary issues and making them, in a lot of ways, more relatable. Gently saying we should be reminding ourselves of said issues and firmly reinforcing that we need to take responsibility with tactics like giving us cubes of ice to hold.
To say I don't see a lot of this style of theatre, I really enjoyed what I saw and would like to see more in the future. The musical score was fabulous and complimented the piece so well. (Thanks Jules Pascoe!) And I cannot wait to hear the reviews when they take this to the Prague Fringe Festival in late May 2019. Best of luck to you!
Media enquiries: Tom Payne on mobile 07875 708 575 or email
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"I'm Kiera and I am studying Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University.

I wanted to put on a performance of 'The Tempest' because I love a romantic play, and comedies are always good!

This is my first time producing and it is easier than I thought it would be! There have been difficult times but you just get on and sort them. I have many years' experience backstage, so sorting out the behind the scenes stuff had been a piece of cake!
I do not have much experience with choreography but, not to toot my own horn, my choregraphy is amazing.

I am interested more in the behind the scenes of theatre and enjoy rigging, focusing and operating lights so I hope you enjoy the lighting design!

I really hope you enjoy the show. BUY YOUR TICKETS IF YOU HAVEN'T YET!!" 

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THE TEMPEST - Meet the Team!




She is a final year 'Performance for Stage and Screen' student at Sheffield Hallam University

"I wanted to put on a production of The Tempest because I enjoy the bard’s work and it was the most obvious one to add choreography into.

I have taken on the role of director and co-choreographer and have found this process extremely challenging but it came with plenty of reward thanks to the best cast a girl can ask for!

My interests beyond Shakespeare and dance include musical theatre and mystery/’whodunnit’ plays.

I hope you enjoy the show!"




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We are extremely excited about our OFFICIAL poster for our upcoming show THE TEMPEST, which starts a month TODAY! 

Our cast have been working hard in rehearsals to create a stunning performance!



Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May



Performance Lab, Sheffield Hallam University




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Infinite Nothing's Theatre: From The Heart.

The first audio/visual installation by Infinite Nothing’s Theatre, From The Heart, was held in the Sheffield Institute of Arts on Tuesday 26th March. The installation exhibited work from five local artists who were given the challenge to create a piece of work in response to a Shakespeare sonnet of their choice. The artists included; Sarah Rose, Shaun Standrin, Zoe Cope, Ellie Massey and myself. This installation follows a successful 2-date performance of Bloodlines: Macbeth which was held at the Performance Lab in Sheffield last month.

A variety of work was shown during From The Heart, including a short performance of Act 1 Scene 5 from Romeo & Juliet; performed by Infinite Nothing’s co-founder Elisabeth Marriott and Sheffield Hallam’s final year performance student Jack Hallam. Performance Practice student and Bloodlines: Macbeth director Zoe Cope performed a durational piece of live art for the installation. During the installation Zoe created a flower using clay over the course of the installation inspired by Sonnet 60.

Sheffield based bookmaker, embroiderer and visual communicator Ellie Massey exhibited six hand-made embroidery piece’s inspired by Sonnet 148 while Blue Alien’s Sarah Rose presented a piece of digital art inspired by Sonnet 64. All the work included was received with a warm response. 

I exhibited an installation titled No More Dying, consisting of a 3-minute short film and 42 photographs. I was invited to exhibit for From The Heart last summer and began to look through Shakespeare’s sonnets and find one that stood out to me in particular. As a contemporary actor/artist, I have avoided the works of Shakespeare due to the fact that I often find it difficult to decipher and/or speak the language. Working on From The Heart allowed me to interpret Shakespeare’s work through the lens of my practice, engaging with the work in a way I haven’t before. I decided to select Sonnet 146; struck with the instant negativity within the first two words. How ‘Poor Soul’ is followed by Shakespeare’s questions about materialism and priority whilst arguing that we all may die the same way whilst living completely differently. I was instantly struck by the mental image of an angel transitioning to the afterlife. How the decisions that made her happy during life could taint her death. This is where No More Dying began.

I stayed very close to my initial idea and decided to creatively communicate the different states of life and death through the use of signifiers. Within the narrative of the short film, the angel surrounds herself with riches and takes part in debauches acts in order to validate herself. However, death begins to claim her, stripping her of all materialistic dependencies until she is reduced to just her soul like everybody else. Myself and Zoe Cope began the photography and videography for the project in September 2018. For the photography aspect of the project, I was keen to create a set of photographs which, once laid out, could enable the audience to take unique responses to the work. Once the photographs had arrived, myself and Zoe spent hours re-arranging the photographs so that each row, column and diagonal had a narrative.

On the day of From The Heart, we spent the afternoon setting up for a 4pm start. I had a few technical difficulties with the big screen in the venue, but this was resolved fairly quickly. Excited to debut my work, I was constantly nit-picking at the photographs on the table just to make sure it looked exactly how I wanted! I was extremely happy with how the installation went, especially as it was Infinite Nothing’s first of this kind, and was also very pleased with how No More Dying was received by its audience.

I look forward to working with Infinite Nothings Theatre again in the future and look forward to continuing my MA, but most of all I’m excited to continue creating more my own work! To see more of my work find me on Instagram ‘@_barkby’.


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The Denys Edwards Players are perhaps one of the (if not THE) longest running theatre companies in Sheffield! Denys Edward was a leading local amateur actor in the 20's and 30's who toured with various socieities throughout the war, until the war ended and he and his peers decided to form the "Denys Edwards Players", or "DEP". 

Some of their past shows include 'Last of the Duty Free', 'Abigail's Party' and even 'David Copperfield'. (Jack Hallam Level 6 student can tell you about this as he was in it!)

But this March they have brought to the stage the deliciously dramatic and harrowing tale of "Sleep No More" by David Gillespie and Colin Wakefield.

I was lucky to actually see this play come to life in it's early stages when I partook in some work placement with them. Everyone was so welcoming! There was an overwhelming sense of community and great collaboration from everyone involved.

Opening Night

The first thing that struck me was the song 'If I Could Turn Back Time' by Cher that was playing as the house lights went down and the audience chatter started to fade. I knew this was something the characters in the play were going to relate to, especially combined with the eery and haunting promo picture of a ghostly child's face and noose on the front of the programme.

Because of my 'sneak preview' in rehearsals I knew the format of the piece was 'a play within a play'. While I was there, I also got hints of strong family connections and the obvious appearance of an apparition, so I couldn't wait to see where this fitted in with the whole plot.

The first spoken character to appear on stage was Andrew Hibbert as Mickey. This guy can teach you a lesson in being flamboyant! I loved the role he played as the director, he was so larger and life and really took control of the pacing of the scenes, which flowed very nicely!

For me, the scene stealers of the night had to be Angela Blackwell as 'Jenny', who with fierce loyalty to her son Ben and striking facial expressions of discontent and outspoken sassiness directed at Pete, really honed her role! She was so comfortable on stage and had some great naturalitsic acting going on. I felt my eyes darting back to her when the drama unfolded to see her reactions. Another had to be the man of the hour Paul North who played Pete. A moment that I will always associate with this play will be when Mickey was explaining the plot of the play they were rehearsing, Murder By Poison, and Pete hilariously physicalised the plot with exaggerated actions and silly faces, without saying one word. I love little nuances that actors can bring to a scene to make it so memorable. I presumed it was to entertain the young Ben on stage, but it definitely entertained the little kid in me! This is of course not to mention all of Paul's believable 'toxic masculine' pent up anger towards the two promininent women in the play; Jenny and Sal.

A few honourable mentions have to go out to Sophie Perez Smith as Sal, who with charm and relatability made her one of the warmest and sincerest characters of the play, her comedy was also excellent and had the most audience laughs! Ben Rossiter as Ben, a very talented young man who had great stage presence, childlike wonder and lovely innocence to his role and (if I may say) has a bright future ahead of him in theatre! John Castell as William, who knew more than he let on and was hiding a few secrets, his portrayal of a lonesome and perculiar character was spot on. And ofcourse, Ashleigh Andrew who played Eva. A devilishly manipulative and evil apparition with a beautiful costume. (you'll see what I mean!)

All in all, the play kept me on my toes and reeled me in to find out the truth of the haunted theatre. An excellent production. Simple yet practical and aesthetically pleasing set design. Great mix of fully thought out characters and actor ages, really nice to see. You should all be proud!

"Sleep No More" runs from Wednesday 27th to Saturday the 30th of March at the Library Theatre, Sheffield. Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm (Matinee 2:30pm start). Don't let the thought of missing this play haunt you! 

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Happy #WorldTheatreDay!

THE TEMPEST opens in a month and 2 days so get your tickets to celebrate such a wonderful day!

Theatre may seem like a doss subject, but it is very important to have in the world. It inspires audiences and entertains you when you're bored. Theatre is everywhere, changing lives as we speak.




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Happy International Women's Day!

GREEN PRODUCTIONS is a local theatre company formed by three women last Autumn.

The team consists of three production members: Charmaine, Kiera and Ai. Although they all have some experience in theatre, putting on this production has not been an easy ride - there was a vast amount of preparation for auditions and rehearsals, as well as getting the word out about the company. 



Charmaine is the boss and her role is to bring The Tempest to life! Although she may be small, she knows what she wants and encourages the performers every step of the way. She has also brought her passion for dance into the play, bringing energy and stunning visuals.



Kiera has worked incredibly hard organising this whole production, from booking the rehearsal rooms to liaising with Charmaine to create an efficient rehearsal schedule. She has also been to every rehearsal ensuring that everything is running as plan and the cast are happy.



Ai has been active within rehearsals and behind the scenes, by editing photos, the audition packs and creating all the visuals for The Tempest and the company. She is in charge of updating our social media accounts regularly and promoting the show without any budget!




Come and see what they bring to the stage! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!


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Check out the SHU Performance website.

 Check out the new Performance for Stage and Screen website! 

It's full of pictures, videos and information about what we do here at Sheffield Hallam University. You can:

- find out about us.

- learn about our team of innovative academics and experienced practitioners.

- see some of our exciting staff and student projects.

- look around our state of the art facilities, which are located in the heart of Sheffield.

- find out how to apply to study for one of our BA, MA or PhD qualifications in performance. 

- access our vibrant student learning community where you can read news and find out about upcoming events.




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Social Learning Space on Owen 11


The countdown for the Owen 11 opening is on... 

We are expecting this space to be launched on 20th February this year!

So we need some suggestions for a new name for it, as well as the potential uses for it. 

Please use the link below to submit your suggestions as soon as possible:


Get in touch with The Humanities Team if you have any further questions J




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SOSFEST 2019” is a performance showcase event premiering new work from Sheffield writers. 

Coming March 2019! At the “Performance Lab” on Arundel Gate.

This event is only funded with HallamGive and relies on kind donations from the public. There are REWARDS avaliable with donations and anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated!


Keep up to date with our journey on social media...



Instagram: SOSFEST2019


This event is part of Dr Thomas Payne’s “Creating a Professional Portfolio” module. 

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Growtheatre Volunteering Opportunity

Growtheatre is a theatre company with a difference, we develop theatre and creative projects inspired by our environment and landscape, bringing about a greater sense of community and belonging.

We are looking for a…

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Working as a writer on the show

I have heard the sentence before that writers are the worst procrastinators, but working on this show was nowhere near this statement as writers and performers worked this week from 10-4 pm each day to produce this show.
What we did in this…

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