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Matt Haig and Susan Calman in conversation

To coincide with its production of Matt Haig’s bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive with English Touring Theatre in autumn 2019, Sheffield Theatres hosted a free conversation between Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman. The author and comedian reflected on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from great songs, seminal books, groundbreaking theatre and legendary comedy, and celebrating the art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. See their conversation in the video below.

Please note this video contains strong language.

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Tommi Bryson

A theatremaker whose work centres on community, representation and comedy. Tommi co-hosts monthly variety performance night Sounds Queer, and is currently developing a one-woman musical about a trans Disney princess.

Mojisola Elufowoju

A British-born Nigerian artistic director and founder of Utopia Theatre, working with those underrepresented in the arts and celebrating African culture. Here she talks about lighting the way for the theatre industry in these difficult times.

Emergence – Mixed Bill 2022

Sat. 18 June 2022

Drama Studio

Emergence is the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford. Following three hugely successful tours, they return with a new cohort of 15 outstanding dancers and four adrenaline-fuelled works.

Lyceum Theatre

From the front, the Lyceum is a candy-coloured palace, while inside, the gold swirls of its proscenium arch and its elaborate Edwardian fittings only add to the fairytale feel. The theatre is big on West End musicals, panto and opera.