Artist, writer and director of absurdist theatre company Forced Entertainment, Etchells has spent his career probing the boundaries of every creative medium he can get his hands on. His latest book is a series of cautionary tales for uncertain times.
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Tell us about you…
I was born in Sheffield and have pretty much lived here all of my life, aside from a brief stint in York (I can’t seem to leave Yorkshire!) My time is split between writing articles for a range of publications and marketing for small businesses. In between that, I find time for producing film events with Handmade Cinema, organising for Girl Gang Sheffield, watching documentaries and dancing enthusiastically.
What does Sheffield mean to you?
Well, first and foremost it is my home. It is the place where I get a rush of excitement when returning from holiday and where I can walk down the street and see lots of familiar faces. The city feels like a close-knit community and yet it is still sprawling and diverse.
What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
Hmmm – that is a tricky one! My ideal Saturday would be a trip to Site Gallery, followed by lunch at Tamper, a wander round La Biblioteka, a film at the Showroom and cocktails at Public. Perhaps, if I got up early enough, I’d sneak in a swim at Hathersage’s outdoor swimming pool or a stomp around the Peaks.
What would you do to improve the city?
It would be great to see the renovation of all the empty spaces in the city centre. I used to live in Kelham Island and you don’t have to walk far to find empty factories and shops. It is great to see organisations like CADS and S1 Artspace taking up residence in interesting, previously abandoned buildings. I hope to see the day when Park Hill is fully functional again too!
Sat. 26 October 2019
Sat. 19 October 2019
The UK’s first detective series to feature young black detectives. By Sheffield-based author Sharna Jackson, it follows two streetwise sisters in London who make a chilling discovery and spend the summer holidays getting to the bottom of things.
Fri. 18 October 2019
Performance Lab, Arundel Gate, S1 2LQ
As part of the Suffrage 100 celebrations in 2018, artist Chloë Brown made a film recognising the suffragettes as an important part of Sheffield's protesting history. Join Brown and poet Geraldine Monk for a screening, discussion and poetry reading.
Tue. 15 October 2019
At a time when the government seems to be imploding and the environment is collapsing, Odedra’s book about everyday activism couldn’t come sooner. She demonstrates how to use your voice in a way that makes communities, politicians and CEOs take note.