The Park Hill-set musical Standing at the Sky's Edge made its sell-out debut in spring 2019 at the Crucible Theatre. Bringing together the talents of playwright Chris Bush with music by Richard Hawley, the production centred around the polarising housing estate whose concrete "streets in the sky" have helped shape the city’s skyline for six decades. The musical follows the stories of three families in one Park Hill flat over the course of the estate's history – from 1960s optimism, through its decline along with the steel industry in the 1980s-90s, to its 2010s regeneration. In it, Bush raises some uncomfortable questions around gentrification and the human cost of regeneration, explores how social and political change impacts private realities, and tells both a melancholy and a hopeful story of what makes a place a home.
Seven months on from the end of its run at the Crucible, join Chris Bush as she shares her experience of researching and writing a musical spanning three generations of Park Hill. Chris will be joined in conversation by a panel of speakers including architects Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth and current/former Park Hill residents. The conversation will be moderated by Satwinder Samra from the University of Sheffield's Department of Architecture, and there'll be chance for audience questions.
This event will take place in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
See photos from the original production below.