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Tramlines Festival has donated more than £30k to charities including Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

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Various fundraising streams were set up at the Tramlines 10th anniversary in 2018 including guestlist donations, merchandise and bar spends. Friends and colleagues of Sarah Nulty will continue to raise money for the cancer charities as they embark on the Sheffield Half Marathon on 14 April – over £4,000 has been raised so far and the team are calling for further donations via the My Donate page. In a press release sent from Tramlines, a statement said: “Sarah Nulty was director at Tramlines Festival from 2013–2018, and sadly passed away at the age of 36 just weeks before she saw her hard work become a reality in the festival’s 10th anniversary event. Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009, coordinating venues and handling bookings and later working in the commercial department. Tenacious, innovative and thoroughly unbreakable, Sarah led Tramlines through its toughest and most pivotal times. She was a well-loved, galvanising force in Sheffield and as such, her death provoked a huge response with many people wanting to continue her legacy and to honour and support the organisations who helped her during the final months of her life.” During Tramlines 2018, money was raised in ‘Nulty’s Bar’, a backstage area voluntarily staffed by Sarah’s friends and colleagues. Funds were also raised through guestlist donations and by merchandise sold on site including the now iconic ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts. The result of this fundraising has led to Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care receiving an incredible £14k each. This money will be spent on research and resources for these charities that do so much good work in Sheffield. Funds raised at Tramlines 2018 have also been shared with a third body, Crohn’s & Colitis UK, a charity dedicated to fighting inflammatory bowel disease. This charity was nominated by Timm Cleasby, head of operations at Tramlines since 2009, as his wife Sam Cleasby has become an influential voice for Crohn’s and Colitis sufferers through her massively popular ‘So Bad Ass’ website, promoting body positivity and better understanding of these conditions for people across the globe. Timm added: “Sarah and I had discussed which charities we would support in 2018. It was her suggestion that led to Crohn’s & Colitis UK being chosen as one of them. Having visited all three charities, it’s great to see firsthand just how the money we have raised will benefit these amazing local charities and so many people in South Yorkshire.” Tramlines.org.uk // cavcare.org.uk // crohnsandcolitis.org. uk // westonpark.org.uk www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 15


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With all previous voting records smashed, the Exposed Awards 2019 is set to the biggest yet. You came, you saw, you voted in your thousands – biggups to every last one of you lovely lot who’ve put forward their suggestions this year. It’s now your last chance to vote for your favourite people and places in Sheffield before the shortlists are announced on 5 April. Once the votes are counted, we’ll announce the top five for each category and then the final phase of voting opens until 1 May. Winners are announced on the night. Bish-bash-bosh. Not sure what’s going down this year? Here’s a little reminder… The Theme We’re going to be throwing a big ol’ mardi gras – so expect a New Orleans-influenced carnival atmosphere with bold colours, vibrant party music and extravagant costumes. What’s the plan? It’ll be the usual POA with a few tweaks thrown in –

just to keep you on your toes, like. We’ll be back at 92 Burton Road celebrating the best of the Sheff scene spanning food, drink, culture, fashion, music and beyond – with all winners on the night chosen by you lovely lot, the Exposed readership. Owt New? We won’t be messing about with things too much, but there will be a brand new Special Contribution to Sheffield award, so we can reward certain individuals who have brought positive change to the city. ‘Ow Much? Tickets are £35 a pop, which includes entry to the awards, drinks on arrival and food from a range of Peddler’s finest street food traders – as well as plenty of live entertainment to get you in the party mood. The now-famous (infamous?) afterparties will be taking place across the road at Cutlery Works before heading to West Street’s FirePit Rocks for the late-night/early morning frivolities.

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Have you ever wanted to pack a bag, flee to another country where nobody knows you and restart your life? Well, that’s essentially what I’ve done. Moving here has been quite the culture shock. I know I might be subject to a few eye rolls there – it’s Sheffield, not Saudi Arabia. However, for a rural Irish girl that grew up in the back arse of nowhere, a small crossroad surrounded by bog where you couldn’t sneeze without Paddy up the road hearing about it, it has been. I mean, it wasn’t as spontaneous as it sounds. I didn’t just have a temporary lapse in sanity and hop on the next plane; there was some planning involved, albeit not a lot and definitely not enough. What little reasoning behind the whole thing was that I was watching my friends apply for their Erasmus semesters, places like Spain, France, Belgium and the lot. All their excitement led to a craving for a change in scenery, and if they jump, I jump… right? I know what you’re thinking: why Sheffield? Surely if you were looking for adventure and a change in pace you’d pick somewhere more exotic than Sheffield. This to an extent is true. Sheffield wasn’t the initial plan, but through a string of curious events, random emails and perhaps a slight reluctance and fear to go further afield, Sheffield is what was settled on. So, I landed in September like a headless chicken, not knowing anyone or anything about the place. Embarrassingly, I wasn’t even aware that it’s the home of the Arctic Monkeys. Not to worry though, you Sheffielders have proudly informed me of my ignorance. That’s something I admire about the residents here: they never lack enthusiasm when giving you a quick (or lengthy) history lesson. There’s no shortage of topics either: the industrial roots, music scene, home to the oldest football club, greenest city in Europe, real ale capital of the world… I didn’t realise I’d signed up to a module on the history of Sheffield when I arrived, but I’ll tell you this, the lectures have never been anything less than captivating. At first, finding my way around proved difficult. I spent the first few days glued to my phone, fixated on Google Maps helplessly wandering around Kelham Island. But once I got my head out of that phone, as

my mother has pleaded of me many times before, and actually looked around and took in my surroundings, I realised Sheffield isn’t so big and daunting. It’s actually quite a compact city. One that is full of easy to recognise landmarks all in close proximity, which has managed to considerably reduce the amount of times I’ve gotten lost, something that is impressive for a person who has had difficulty navigating themselves around a square. It’s also surprisingly easy to plough through on foot, which has been great since the whole public transport thing confuses me. I’ve even found myself walking out to Meadowhall from Broomhall, which when admitted, often results in some funny looks. Although I’ve been known to enjoy the occasional pint (or twelve), be it in The Grapes with some of my own or in West Street Live when I should have gone home, it wasn’t the impressive nightlife that sold me on Sheffield. What truly impressed me is that for a city of its size and stature, there is an overwhelming sense of community here. Sheffield is home to an incredible variety of independent businesses, which you’d imagine would lead to a lot of competitiveness and hostility in the area. Instead, Sheffield is filled with persistent support and companionship that can be seen in the cities local business and endless amount of festivals and events: Tramlines, Peddler, Sheffield Beer Week, Doc/Fest, to name a few (honestly, I think if Sheffield was to go a week without a festival it might implode). Sheffield’s ethos of inclusion and growth is ingrained in every corner of the city. Although I moved to Sheffield alone, I’ve never been lonely. Realistically my rash decision of jumping ship to a place completely unknown to me should have resulted in disaster, but the unwavering kindness and acceptance from the Sheffield community has allowed my experience to be quite the opposite. My time in Sheffield may be temporary, but I know I’ll think of it fondly long after I escape its seven hills.

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Having grown into the biggest festival of its kind in the UK, the Festival of Debate returns to Sheffield for its fifth year and brings with it over 90 public events.

Left: Afua Hirsch, Below: Paul Mason, Above: George Monbiot, Below right: Deborah Frances-White

The Festival of Debate is a non-partisan citywide festival which explores, debates and discusses key political and social issues. Following the success of 2018, which featured appearances from Yanis Varoufakis, Ed Miliband, Reni Eddo-Lodge and others – 2019’s line-up hopes to provide the same high standard of thought-provoking debate and discussion. This year, the festival will address five main strands of contemporary issues: Who We Are, Living Together, Our Democracy, Our Planet and Looking Forward. Sheffield can look forward to a line-up which includes acclaimed podcaster The Guilty Feminist, environmental activists George Monbiot and George Marshall, writer and former barrister Afua Hirsch, economist Paul Mason and star broadcaster James O’Brien. If that’s not enough to sway you, the festival will also feature a wide range of over 70 smaller events including talks, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings and stand-up comedy. Here are some top picks from this year’s programme: Afua Hirsch: Brit(ish) – On Race, Identity and Belonging British writer, broadcaster and former barrister Afua Hirsch is the daughter of a black Ghanaian woman and a white British man, born in Norway but raised in south London. Join her for a discussion of her recent Sunday Times bestseller Brit(ish) 20 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk

which tackles the reality of being a black woman in a white, male-dominated society. This talk will tackle her quest for identity in a place she doesn’t feel she belongs and the racism that still plagues British society today. George Monbiot & George Marshall: How to Break the Silence on Environmental Collapse Two knowledgeable and passionate climate communicators discuss their respective work on climate change and why people are determined to keep brushing the issue under the carpet. In opening the discussion up to the audience, they hope to encourage more conversation on the topic because, after all, we can’t ignore it forever. The Guilty Feminist: Live Since comedian Deborah Frances-White launched The Guilty Feminist podcast back in 2015 and has become an increasingly popular resource with over 50 million downloads since its release. Deborah invites guests from the podcast to discuss the goals of 21st century feminists, alongside the fears, paradoxes and hypocrisies that prevent them from being achieved. Paul Mason – Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being Paul Mason is a journalist, broadcaster and author, whose cumulative body of work calls for resistance to the increasing technological

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Joseph Food explores the Megatron Like many others, my early experiences of the fabled network of subterranean waterways known as the Megatron came via snippets of online trivia, local rumour and the odd urbex blog. This interest was piqued further when Salt Productions released a beautifully crafted video in 2015, ‘Beneath our Streets’, showing wakeboarders zipping around the Victorian-era culverts, grinding over makeshift ramps and drifting through stunning bricktiled arches. Many knew of the legend, but few had ventured down there, which naturally put it right up there on my Sheffield bucket list. Imagine the delight, then, when an email from Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) dropped into my inbox, announcing they were joining forces with The Outdoor City to arrange a unique urban caving trip into the heart of the vast 18th century storm drain. After being led into depths of the system by caving instructors, we would view some exclusive short films ahead of the festival and even enjoy some live music in undoubtedly the strangest gig of the year thus far. ‘Yes. God yes.’ I think was my typed response verbatim. A few days later and decked out in caving suits, wellies and hard hats our entourage entered via the recently developed Porter Brook pocket park, walking crouched for a good ten minutes before reaching another entrance by the train station. Here the underground tunnels began to fork off and separate as we reached a large chamber where a couple of the rivers (I can’t remember which – sorry) converged. To say it had been a relatively dry couple of days, it was surprising to see how quickly the water moved and how deep it could go – as I found when a lapse of concentration led me almost up to my chest in the drink after stepping into a flooded trench. The importance of bringing walking sticks along for balance and to feel for any sudden drops became clear as I shuffled my sodden frame along the dark tunnels. “Did it smell?” I’ve been asked. No, not really. It was actually quite peaceful down there – which probably says more about the state of my psyche than the comfort of dark, underground riverways – but there was something undeniably soothing about standing a few metres beneath a bustling city centre and hearing only running water. The large archaic brick constructions we walked through clashed with the odd piece of modern detritus 24 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk

brought in by the floodwaters: plastic shopping bags, bottles, wrappers, deflated footballs – signs of human activity above that looked hugely out of place in such uninhabitable surrounds. We later congregated in the middle of one particularly large culvert while singer-songwriter Rhiannan Scutt, once part of popular South Yorkshire group Rita Payne, tested out the echoing acoustics by treating us to a couple of songs. Afterwards we turned our attentions to a pop-up screen and watched a selection of adrenaline-pumping short films before Simon Ogden, chair of Sheffield Waterways Group, spoke to us about the city’s history with its rivers – from the filth-ridden streams


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of yesteryear to the restored wildlife-supporting habitats of today. There’s even a proposal, ‘Putting the Sheaf Back in Sheffield’, being put forward to reopen a section of the River Sheaf near the train station to create an inner-city park called Sheaf Field as part of the Castlegate redevelopment programme. Upon reaching the cavernous, Cathedral-style Megatron – named due to its science fiction-esque appearance – we hit “peak Sheffield” and heard lyrics read out from the PULP song ‘Wickerman’, inspired by the time Jarvis Cocker spent an afternoon cruising the River Don on a dinghy. True story. “Just behind the station, before you reach the traffic island, a river runs through a concrete channel. I took you there once; I think it was after the Leadmill.” It was a fitting end to a day spent exploring Sheffield’s heritage while also probing much of its future potential. With the effort to clean the city’s river ways achieving positive results – wild salmon have recently been spotted in the Don for the first time in 200 years – and its once industrial, concrete-laden city centre undergoing significant cultural regeneration, the re-opening up of our forgotten rivers could have a key role to play in providing new open spaces for us all to enjoy. Watch this space. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 25


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With Record Store Day just around the corner we went crate digging with Thomas Maxwell Shore – rare vinyl collector and resident DJ at Picture House Soul Club.

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Kelham Island is getting better for buying records, and this is one I found at Indie Arcade on Scotland Street. The Beatles spent four years trying to match this tune when they failed an audition for Decca Records (big mistake!). Visit Kelham Island Books and Music for more of the same and one adorable little puppy!

I discovered this on a wet Monday morning at the Castle Rag and Tag on King Street. It’s had a few spins at Picture House Social (where I DJ the second Friday of the month, come on down!) to a great reception. It’s a really rare soul track and the kind of music you’d want to drink a nice chilled cocktail to.


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I got this record from West Street Oxfam in 2015. I think I paid about 49p for it which is probably about 1% of its value. This is the same Geno that the Dexy Midnight Runners sang that song about. He played a lot at the Mojo Club in Pitsmoor during the 1960s and his music can still be heard today in Sheffield at events like Room at the Top R&B Club and Pow Wow.

A recent find after a good old crate dig in Spinning Discs on Chesterfield Road. They’ve got lots of great second-hand records in the back room, which is what I tend to collect nowadays. Sheffield has great hills but you don’t see bands singing about them in the same way as the Vibrations do here – and I’m not sure a funk soul track about Gleadless Valley would work quite as well!

There was a really good charity shop in Woodhouse that used to stock a good box of 45s that I would go and look over time and time again. This track was easily my best find there – a dandy pop psych masterpiece – and a track that you’ll probably hear me play at my ‘Lift Up Your Skirt and Fly’ night at the Dorothy Pax in May.

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Before Breakfast

It’s great to have you in for this month’s Exposed In Session. Could we kick off by getting the story behind Before Breakfast?   Lucy: We’ve all been mates since uni and it actually felt strange that we hadn’t come to the conclusion of making a band sooner. Gina: The most important thing for me was working with friends and creating a safe space to be an emotional wreck. We’ve caught you at an exciting time – just a few weeks before you’ll be heading out on tour with C Duncan. How did that come about?  Gina: We’ve been big C Duncan fans for years and we are now lucky enough to share the same manager. He introduced Chris to our music. Going from fan to tour support feels pretty unreal.  Have you decided which track you’ll be playing for us, and could you tell us a bit about it?  Gina: We are going to play ‘Body’ for you, a song about feeling detached from the horrendous world we live in. With every terrorist attack, Cancer Research advert and refugee crisis I just feel more and more numb and unaffected – it sucks.  Lucy: Even though we may sometimes interpret our songs’ meanings differently, what resonates with me about Gina’s lyrics is that they’re brutally honest. Debra: I think the uncomfortable honesty of ‘Body’ is what makes it quite a relatable song. And the chorus explores something so many of us experience, which is a desire to be loved even though we’re flawed and imperfect human beings.

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Talking self-worth, gender parity and new material with Before Breakfast – the folk-pop quartet made up of longstanding pals Gina Walters, Lucy Revis, Debra Finch and Annie Rushworth.


every day. Instagram isn’t real life and good god I need You’ve spoken previously about making the reminding of that all the time. I’d hate to be a teenager music industry a better place for women. Fairer in 2019, I feel so sorry for all of you – the biggest issue representation on festival lineups is an issue, but in I ever faced was dropping off someone’s Myspace top what other ways do things need to change? eight. But equally, we’re not setting out to be therapists Gina: The festival line-up issue is really bloody irritating here; I don’t feel like we’re doing anything new with and it causes a scene every year because it’s tangible, lyrical content, probably just a little less poetic in seeing names on a poster for example. But it’s just the tip delivery.  of the iceberg. People in positions of power within the Annie: There’s now a generation of people who have music industry need to give women more opportunities grown up on social media; it’s hard to know how that in order for these women to become role models to feels but it has clearly had a huge impact. the next generation. That goes beyond festival posters, Lucy: I’m officially addicted to my phone and am it means supporting local artists, hiring and training trapped in the Insta, Twitter, Facebook cycle. I honestly women crew and engineers, promoters, labels and can say I only know one person who isn’t and he has a producers. This is a huge question and I can’t possibly Nokia 3310. He seems happy. start to answer it in full without losing my head. But for Debra: It’s hard to imagine discussing topics such as anyone about to pull the “music has no gender” card, do self-worth and body image without social media playing some research, yeah? a part, because whether or not you choose to engage Lucy: The disparity can sort of go unnoticed unless you with social media, we all have a relationship with it. stop and look and then it becomes so disheartening that On the flip-side, social media has helped grow body the whole issue is completely overwhelming. If everyone positive movements and has provided a platform for takes notice then it cannot be ignored. voices which contradict mainstream media portrayals Debra: Making sure that more women hold positions of of people, especially women. So there is a lot of positive power too would no doubt effect positive change. stuff to be said about the democratic nature of social Annie: It’s important to say as well that the issue of fairer representation in the music industry goes beyond gender media as well.  alone, but that doesn’t make it any less of an important Are there any other topics that you’re keen to tackle? issue. Gina: Not actively, I just don’t want to sing songs about boys. But is that because girls are continuously ridiculed Are there any female musicians or artists out there about singing songs about boys? Discuss. at the moment that you take particular inspiration Debra: We could sing songs about girls? from?  Annie: Nah, Gina’s doing herself a disservice. Some of Gina: SELF ESTEEM (Rebecca Taylor) for sure. our new songs that we’re working on look at pressures a Breaking away so boldly from Slow Club to do what lot of us are dealing with in our society. the hell she wanted is not the sort of thing many artists Lucy: Gina has it covered but I’m pretty would dare do. I saw the band at Plug sure she gets all of her inspiration from the other week and enjoyed every me anyway. delicious pop music moment. What she is doing is unapologetically brilliant and How is the rest of 2019 shaping up An exclusive YouTube gig I am excited to see where that project from some of the city’s finest for Before Breakfast?  goes. YVA is a new voice I’m also keen musical exports, filmed live Gina: So far, so good. At the moment on, mainly because of her actual voice every month we’re just really looking forward to as it is technically sublime and I am Watch the session online touring and playing in some legendary well jel.  at: www.exposedmagazine. venues, um, hello London Scala! co.uk Certainly new music, though. I’m Your music has taken on important In session produced by: pretty sure our pals hear our setlist and themes such as body image and Joseph Food @JosephFood think “ugh, not this again” but slow and self-worth. In today’s world, how Filmed & directed by: steady wins the race! important do you feel it is to discuss Tristan Ayling – www. Annie: We cannot wait to get gigging. these subjects?  rentonproductions.co.uk We’re also supporting The Dunwells for Gina: It’s vital and you should have three shows at the end of May. Recorded & mixed by: Paul conversations with your friends, Tuffs colleagues and children about it

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There’s plenty of method to Bill Bailey’s comedic madness, as Phoebe De Angelis found out in an interview with the ever-zany stand-up last month. Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on another year touring ‘Larks in Transit’, with an even larger list of shows announced this time around. I’m glad it’s carrying on actually because I’ve had a short-term spell in the West End recently with it and it suddenly took on another lease of life, which was great! I absolutely love doing the show so I really can’t wait to get back to performing it again. The name was inspired by all the fun you’ve had as a travelling comic. Do you feel a certain level of responsibility as a comic to spread positivity in these troubled times? Well, I think comedy in itself is a good start for positivity and if you can get people laughing there’s a whole lot of goodwill attached to that. I think people feel good after a laugh, there’s all kinds

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of benefits and I’m sure there are physiological benefits to it. There’s probably someone writing a dissertation about it right now, about the chemical changes that go on in your brain and the fact that if you laugh and smile there are all sorts of health benefits. But, personally, I try to never forget that it’s a great thing to be in a room with people and make them laugh, you know? I never lose sight of that and it’s something I don’t take for granted, put it that way. When I’m in a room, say the Wyndham Theatre, and everyone’s laughing and having fun I think to myself: “I have to bottle this thought and not forget because this is something that’s quite rare and it’s quite special”. I love the fact that I’ve been in this position and I’m able to do this. And I think, as you say, positivity comes from laughing, people laugh, and that’s why they have laughing ▶


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▶ classes with people sitting around in seminars the way. We are in transit, life is a transitory like *laughs dramatically*… Anyway, I won’t be experience and, you know, maybe if there is doing that, but I’ll be capering about in a sort something that has slightly more resonance to of way. you it’s very much that: enjoying the moment, making the most of our time, not dwelling What would you like your audience to too much on the past, just keep moving. Life take away from one of your shows? Is it the is a bit like that, life is up and down. Just keep escapism that comedy affords or is there a going and keep enjoying the moment. It seems deeper message to be decoded? almost as if it becomes a cliché, but it’s worth Not really, it’s just to be entertaining, that’s repeating that life’s short and there’s no always it for me, and point hanging onto stuff that’s going everything else is a bonus. to hold you down. Shit happens to All I want is for people to come along for a couple of It seems almost everyone, you just have to go “meh” and keep going and keep moving on hours and have a right good as if it becomes and not being burdened by too much. laugh and just toddle off a cliché, but it’s That’s what I think anyway. I don’t into the night after having a good night out. But if, worth repeating really explicitly say that in the show but I hope that that’s the impression most amongst that, there’s the that life’s short people get. odd little glimpse of insight and there’s no that maybe can be imparted With this tour being inspired by the then so much the better! travels you’ve had around the world, point hanging Part of the show name did your methods for sourcing onto stuff ‘Larks in Transit’ is very material change in comparison to that’s going to much like the Dickensian your other tours? And if so, how? larks like, “what larks having The subject matter was slightly hold you down. fun over there”, and ‘in different, yes. In the past I’d not drawn Shit happens to Transit’ referring to travel on any of my own personal experience and the nature of touring as it’s all been in the abstract, coming everyone. but also where comedy gets up with things, drawing on musical you and, for me, the sort ideas and surrounding tangents and of opportunities I’ve been flights of fancy. The show I did before afforded through comedy. I’ve realised in this was ‘Limboland’ and one of the stories I told last run I’ve done recently that there’s another was about a family holiday that went a bit wrong sort of side to it, which I don’t really make a big and it resonated with people. That was an area deal out of, or bring to the forefront, or make it of my life which I hadn’t really used before but too heavy-handed, but it’s very much the idea I thought perhaps I should consider it more. of enjoying the moment of having fun along That’s why this show is almost a continuation 36 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk

of that one: I looked at stories of things that happened to me and how that inspired comedy, or just really the situations that I found myself in that people can relate to. I think that’s a big part of comedy, in that it has to be something that people can identify with. You’re known for incorporating deeper existential concepts into your shows. What is the reason behind the sparking of deep thought in the more digestible manner of comedy? Well I guess it was a bit of experimentation in the early days and where I wanted to push it a little bit and thought perhaps we can talk about other subjects: philosophy, the history of language, or history, or people, or sociological change, to see if there’s anything there. You can find comedy anywhere but the trick of it is trying to make it into something which is accessible, but not simplified to the point of it being dumbed down. It’s something a little harder to wrap your head around, but I think sometimes those are the things which are the most satisfying when they bear fruit. It was in this last run of shows that I realised it was about history; there’s a lot about history in the show and a lot about British history – you know, how we get to be here, the history of gestures. But that’s my own curiosity which is extrapolating something into the historical context of something that’s happened to me. So, if I give you the example of giving the finger, in a moment of madness, doing that and then researching and realising it has an incredibly long and colourful history going back thousands of years, you know? Those are the little gems that I look for. Those are the things you hope to turn up when you’re


cover story trying to write comedy, the idea of something that is almost like that of our daily lives that seems quite mundane but actually you reveal its greater rich history and it takes you off into all kinds of directions. There’s a kind of common theme in a lot that I do, that I like to contact with the past through either language or the natural world. Your act is often categorised as a genre-defying mash-up. What’s the artistic choice and reason for the inclusion of aspects of music, philosophy and politics in your shows? So there’s something for everyone? Yeah! Just from a practical point of view, just because history is there to be mined and there to be interpreted. If comedy is too much of the moment then it’s transitory. I mean there is some political comedy in there, it’s really hard to avoid that these days, but I don’t want that to dominate the shows. It’s something which you almost have to nod to because it’s the elephant in the room really, so people can say “good” because they sort of expect it but once you’ve dealt with that you can move on and delve into something a bit more interesting that perhaps has greater resonance. I think really it has to be less disposable, less about the moment, it’s about something, as you said, a bit more subject to talk about. Was the inclusion of musical technique in your act always something you wanted to incorporate or just a by-product of material? I think it’s because I just love finding those connections. When I was a kid learning the piano I’d learn scales, and there was this one particular scale which had a bit more of an Eastern feel at the end in the harmonic minor and I was like, “Why does it sound like that? It sounds Eastern.” It conjures up images of watching films like Lawrence of Arabia and it was really bugging me. It’s only when you dig around and find out more about it you get really into the subject to realise that it comes from Indian raggers, and somehow these scales, this little musical feature and motif, has migrated across an entire continent and made its way into the exams and into the Royal College of Music. Like, how did that happen?! It was just blowing my mind so I wanted to find out more about it and those are the things that I’m enthusiastic about and I hope I can convey that in the show. Hopefully, it’s my enthusiasm that makes it accessible and funny. You’re an actor, musician, presenter and comedian, to name but a few. Do you often draw inspiration from your other career paths within your comedy, as in do they overlap or interlink in some way? Part of what I do in my comedy is what a session musician would do, and it’s to identify any style and be able to play it almost immediately. Music is a way of getting through to people on a gut level; comedy stand-up can be quite an

There’s a kind of common theme in a lot that I do, that I like to contact with the past through either language or the natural world.

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intense experience if you’re just listening to one person talk for one to two hours, the dynamic won’t change a huge amount. Music, however, can completely change the dynamic and take it in a different direction and I really wanted that when I started out. Like, even when I was doing an hour I thought to myself: “My God an hour, nobody would want to listen to me for an hour. They’ll be wandering off after 20 minutes so I better have something up my sleeve that will keep them interested.” If you had to describe your “Larks in Transit” show in three words, what would they be? Intriguing. It’s fun, there’s no doubt about that and there is a lot of singing involved, so it’s a singsong!

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Based on the upstairs floor in Eagle Works, Miriam’s company makes bespoke props and models for the BBC, films and advertising purposes. As a freelancer, she has helped to make sets for Doctor Who spin-offs, props for BAFTA afterparties and worked on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Ready Player One.

Specialising in premium madeto-order sportswear, Hugga was born in 2012 and began by making high-quality, well-priced rowing kit. Proudly adopting a strict Made in Britain ethos, the brand now makes kits for running, cycling and tennis clubs too; they use the best fabric and fibre technology to create hard-wearing clothing from training gear to gilets and jackets. In more exciting news, the company has recently launched its own menswear brand, Robin + Rhino, selling Sheffield-made garments built to last. Their current range of tees each have a personalised touch, are made from 100% heavyweight cotton and finished R+R signature motif. hugga.com // robinandrhino.com

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Tower of Bagel

Providing the wood-fired pizza bagels to the punters of the SMOD taproom is Johnny Feldman’s Tower of Bagel. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Johnny tells us. “It’s a big part of my childhood, going over to the bagel café. We’d bake Challah every Friday night and have different shapes for different occasions.” When he’s not busy providing drinkers with a pretty perfect bar snack, Johnny runs a bagel school along with workshops at Regather on the art and the history of bagel making.

Livvy’s Ice Cream

After training in Italy, the home of gelato, Joanne Chapman returned to Sheffield to make delicious ice cream using only natural ingredients. Joanne has also been known to come up with some interesting bespoke flavourings (cheese and marmite, anyone?), whilst they can also keep your pooch happy with their range of doggy-friendly ice creams. Their striking vintage van can be hired out for all types of parties and events.

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Tasked with designing the unique cover labels for SMOD’s takeout can and bottle selection, Ben Suddenly (or Ben Cootes to his mates) moved to the Steel City from Stockport a few years back in search of a creative path. Describing himself as “creative, but not arty”, you’ll find Ben flitting between his studio and SMOD’s taproom or snapping the industrial pleasantries of Attercliffe for the next beer in Saint Mars’ series. facebook.com/bensuddenlyfilm

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Oraphim

One of the most interesting chats of the day was with Cassie and Richard of Oraphim, purveyors of shungite jewellery and gifts. For the uninitiated, and to try to keep it as simple as possible, shungite is a mineral found only in Karelia, Russia, and is made of around 98% carbon. Possessing a very high conductivity, the rocks have been seen as “miracle stones” since the 17th century and due to the high content of fullerenes – powerful antioxidants – it’s believed that they can assist in treating physical ailments, boosting mental health and inducing positive energy.

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Ecclesall Road The Lounges has transformed its second Sheffield site into a familyfriendly retro-inspired cosy retreat, where eclectic artwork and quirky curios sit next to oversized vintage sofas and old-school benches. Afternoon cocktail and tapas, anyone? facebook.com/amarolounge

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Weston Park Museum James O’Hara and Matt Helders’ first cafe opened up at the Millennium Gallery at the start of the month to rave reviews from the Sheffield public. They’re keeping us on our toes though, with the second Ambulo venue in the works for a late-spring opening over at Weston Park Museum. weareambulo.com

Domo

Kelham Island Part of the Citu development down at Little Kelham, Domo promises to bring a truly authentic slice of Sardinian food to Sheffield. Sheff local Sarah Elliott is teaming up with her Sardinian partner Raffaelle and his uncle, who own a seaside restaurant in Castelsardo called Rocca Ja. It’s the real deal, this. domorestaurant.co.uk

Meltdown

Snig Hill One of Sheffield’s most famous historic music spots has finally reopened after a series of failed projects threatened the long-term future of the venue. Today, a drum and bass club (Bassbox) occupies the upper floor whilst Meltdown – the city’s first e-sports bar – is currently powering

up for a late-spring launch. New postwork spot for the gamers, we think. facebook.com/ MeltdownSheffield

Kommune

Castlegate Sheffield’s newest social destination inside the old Co-Op on Castlegate had us all on tenterhooks ahead of its opening last month. But once the doors were flung open, all the hype from the build up to the launch was justified. An incredibly cool spot for breakfast, lunch, drinks, art and retail therapy, Kommune is an absolute game-changer for Sheffield. kommune.co.uk

Sport Shack

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across Sheffield in 2019. One has just opened in Hillsborough, and the other, expected in a matter of weeks, is set for Chesterfield Road in Woodseats. facebook.com/ SportShackSheffield

Noosa

Kelham Island Former owners of Peppercorn Charlie Curran and Kelly Ware are packing up and taking on the role of Exposed’s new favourite brunch spot in Kelham Island (hopefully). Inspired by a trip to the Sunshine Coast in Australia, Noosa will have a keen focus on brunch food “eggs benny, the locals call it over in AUZ” until around 4pm where it’ll be open for after-work drinks. facebook.com/Noosa-Cafe-Bar


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Tucked away in the corner of a former 18th century industrial factory, step inside family-run antiques and salvage shop The Blind Mole and you’ll find yourself amongst a treasure trove of quirky finds – many of which with an interesting story to tell... After spending 20 years working with disengaged young people for a crime reduction charity, Brett Scott teamed up with his wife Vicki to turn their passion for buying and selling old curiosities online into a more tangible, customer-facing role. “It basically started when I went along to an antiques fair and randomly bought an old cheese dish,” Brett tells Exposed. “From then on I was just kind of hooked to it. We had storage premises on Rutland Road, but it was getting to the stage where people were coming in thinking it was a retail space. We wanted a place where people could visit to see and feel the items and talk with us about the stories behind them.” With Kelham Island currently the city’s most exciting area of development, when a unit became available inside Albyn Works the Scotts were keen to get involved with the thriving community. The Blind Mole opened its doors late last year, utilising Vicki’s eye for detail when it comes to laying out the shop floor – “She’s definitely the creative one; we’ve even had people say some displays have given them ideas for their home” – and Brett’s knack for sourcing stock at fairs, from other dealers and sometimes picking up unwanted pieces via his houseclearing business. The family effort doesn’t stop there. Sons Ronnie and Teddy are integral to the running of the store (nine-year-old Ronnie came up with the name) and this is reflected in the store’s ethos: an unpretentious, laid-back atmosphere that invites all ages to come in and explore. The store has a specific penchant for pieces of local history, and if you search through you’ll find plenty of intriguing items points towards the city’s past. “I don’t really like buying online because you don’t get the chance to get a feel for the product. Whether it’s artwork, taxidermy, furniture, or just quirky little bits, we’ve got to personally like each one. I don’t mind a bit of rust or a few chips either, because that’s what gives the pieces character – we’re just the custodians who are here to tell the story.” theblindmole.com @the_blind_mole 124 Albyn Works, Burton Rd, S3 8BZ 50 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk


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Sheffield Food Festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant food scene, showcasing our great local produce, talented chefs, mouthwatering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers. The city’s largest free-to-attend event takes place on 24 – 27 May 2019 in the city centre, spreading across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate, attracting over 50,000 visitors across the weekend. The festival’s Artisan Market  features food producers and businesses from around Sheffield and further afield, bringing a range of preserves, oils, cakes, cookery books, craft beers, gins, pies and much more for you to take home and enjoy. At the heart of the festival, the Theatre Kitchen features top chefs from across the city showcasing how to get the best from the great local produce on offer. Elsewhere, the extensive  Street Food Market is jam-packed with delicious treats from local companies alongside the ever popular Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village which, as always, features a hand-picked selection of our very best street food traders. Open into the evening in the stylish stretch tent, expect a bar stocked by great local breweries and live music and DJs, this is likely the place to be as the sun

goes down. New for 2019, Sheffield Food Fest has added an extra day for the main festival, which now starts on Friday 24 May and runs right through to 6pm on Monday 27 May. The event’s footprint has expanded to take over more of Fargate, which will include a focus on local produce traders with a range of stalls plus a tea and cake room with a 50s style music and dance floor. Returning this year is the Sheffield Food Festival specialist host evening events on the evenings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Theatre Kitchen Marquee. The programme also includes plenty of  kids activities to keep little hands and minds occupied whilst families enjoy a day of total food and drink indulgence. And not forgetting that there are many more serious issues raised around food – food poverty, managing food waste, the impact of our food choices on the environment and climate, to name a few – the Food For Thought programme of talks and debates to explore these issues.

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A quaint spot just on the edge of town, Nice Neighbourhood’s focus on affordable eats, unique dishes and inclusivity brings character to Glossop Road. It’s an easy spot to miss, if you’re not paying attention. The big front door of Nice Neighbourhood on Glossop Road, just next door to the Harley, resembles that of a standard two up, two down from a by-gone era. Delve deeper into the building’s history, and, as it goes, 342 Glossop Road is actually a Grade II-listed Georgian terraced house, which was more recently home to creative hub ROCO, and has now emerged as Nice Neighbourhood – a project similar in spirit with creative studios and work spaces but if we’re honest, we’re here for the restaurant and bar.. All throughout the corridors leading up to the main bar and restaurant area, designers, freelancers and students tap away at their laptops, making use of the tranquil surroundings. The hanging plants from the ceiling, the gorgeous contrast of blue, orange 54 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk

and coral décor and the amiable staff make for a pretty stunning entrance. Whilst pondering our afternoon tipples at the bar, our eyes light up at the selection of baked goods on the counter. Nice Neighbourhood works with local suppliers and traders to freshen up the selection of ‘kruffins’, ‘cronuts’ and gluten-free ‘dough-nots’ on a regular basis, so if the all-day brunch menu isn’t to your liking, this display is a pleasant alternative. Once we’d settled down with our drinks, the dishes came out one by one, each to an audible gasp of appreciation from the recipient. First up, our editor’s Kashmiri masala hash arrived topped with crispy eggs and miso hollandaise sauce. All veggie – the eggs sat atop a spiced beetroot and potato pancake and made for quite a centre piece, before being consumed at a record rate.

Our photographer’s fried chicken and French toast with chilli gravy was as good as it sounded and my flatbread stuffed with feta and mozzarella (and topped with a baked egg) was fantastic, despite some initial doubts about those strong flavours blending well with each other. Finally, our sales director’s choice, the ‘huevos rotos con chorizo’ steals the show in terms of taste and presentation. This dish consists of buttered potato terrine, fried chorizo, oyster mushrooms and a crispy deep fried egg, topped with squid ink aioli. Hats off to the chef Blake for such innovative dishes. After dinner, owner Andrea Burns takes us up to the as-yet unfinished rooftop bar. There’s talk of a full cocktail bar installation up there, and if we have another never ending summer like last year, we know exactly where we’ll be heading for our post-work tipple...


5 mins with Nice Neighbourhood owner Andrea Burns Can you tell us a bit about Nice Neighbourhood? NN is a mix of café/bar, creative workspace and events spaces. At our heart we are a community of designers, creators and business makers who love good food and good beer. We’ve piled our passion into building a space where awesome things can happen. There’s the bar and food element too – what can we find there? We have pretty unique space with courtyards and terrace for the summer which we can’t wait to get open. Our aim is to keep the cost a pocket friendly price. This can be quite challenging sometimes when sourcing fresh

and seasonal ingredients but it’s important to us that we deliver quality to our customers. There seems to be a strong local and creative ethos here. Is supporting local independents a big part of NN? It’s huge – it’s why we are here! Sheffield has changed a lot over the last few years and we seemed to have hit a tipping point when it comes to the opening of new spaces where people are being more adventurous with the offer and the ambition. This is a fantastic movement to see and we are really excited to be in the vanguard pushing forward for Sheffield’s creative businesses and independents.

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A taste of Sardinia is coming to Kelham Island An authentic Sardinian restaurant and bar is opening in Kelham Island’s historic Eagle Works building in May.

Domo, which will be moving into the ground floor of the building as part of the Little Kelham development, is a project from local Sarah Elliott and partner Raffaelle who have both worked in the restaurant business for a while. “It’s always been a dream of ours to open our own venue. We’ve worked in the restaurant business for 10 years and now we’re really glad to be finally doing it,” Sarah tells us. “We think we’re bringing something that maybe Sheffield hasn’t quite got yet.” Sarah’s partner Raffaelle co-owns Rocca ‘Ja, a restaurant in Sardinia which he runs with his uncle. “Raffa’s uncle will be coming over and training the staff and helping out – it will absolutely be an authentic Sardinian experience!” A big part of Domo will be its aperitivo nights from Monday right through to Friday. “We’ll be putting on some free nibbles every day so people can stop by after work for a cocktail and sample what is a big part of the Sardinian way of life.” The building work on the ground floor of Eagle Works is well underway. “We’re in the middle of our fit out right now. We’re working with 93ft on the design – they’ve been great and we’re big fans of what they do. The building itself is quite rustic, so that’ll fit well with the authentic Sardinian vibe.” From 8am, Domo will be serving a breakfast menu and a range of antipasti, including a dish from Raffaelle’s mum – Melanzane alla parmigiana Mamma Angela (fried aubergines layered with tomato sauce parmesan and mozzarella). The restaurant’s menu also features pizza (Pizza Anglona – fresh Sardinian sausage, grilled antunna mushrooms, sautéed onions and pecorino shavings), and a number of traditional main courses. The opening date is to be confirmed, but Sarah tells us they are aiming for a mid-May opening. For more information, head over to domorestaurant.co.uk.

Let’s start with last month’s SheffBeerWeek! We hope you all had a brilliant time and survived such a busy few days. Our own event at Shakespeare’s went swimmingly and we managed to thrash them 3-1 in our Battle of the Beers. That’s the last time we’ll mention it though, as we’re trying to show a bit of humility, but it is difficult! April brings such promise, early snippets of the (hopefully) gorgeous summer ahead; spring is sprung and all that, the birds are tweeting extra loud and everyone is feeling so much better about life. Surely that all needs celebrating with a beer! A few short weeks ago we had a lovely weekend in the historic city of York, which has inspired the idea for this month’s column: we’re going to take a look at BrewYork – a brewery on the up and only an hour away. BrewYork are based in the city centre, not far from the heart of York’s rich heritage. It’s an old city with a modern twist and this brewery are very much part of that. We’ve talked about them a number of times before, but a recent addition to the brewery makes another look at them well worthwhile. After starting out in 2016 they’ve expanded rapidly and their facility on Walmgate is extra special. Enter on the ground floor and you get the chance to have a delicious pint (cask or keg) in their brewery tap, a smart area, surrounded by shiny mashtuns and fermenters and with a recently added big screen room showing films and sport. A wander upstairs takes you to the newly installed beer hall. In here you’ll find food (filthy burgers of course!) and 40 – yes, 40! – beers on keg! Expect a mix of BrewYork’s finest brews and a whole load of guest options from the UK, Europe and beyond. It’s a must-visit establishment and York is a must-visit city, so what are you waiting for? Here are three special BrewYork beers to keep an eye out for…

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Session IPA. 300ml Can & 4.5% ABV Delicious and easy-drinking pale ale with a hoppy kick. The hop combo changes every time they brew it – a little bit of extra excitement in every can!

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Black IPA. 330ml Can & 5.8% ABV 2019 seems to be the return of Black IPAs and Black Eagle is a favourite. An old-school West Coast IPA uses Carafa III black malts, the result offers roasted bitterness with a fruit-filled punch!

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Stout. 330ml Can & 7.5% ABV Tonka beans, vanilla, coconut & cacao, all wrapped up in a creamy, sweet stout – bang on!

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Sharrow Lantern Carnival Mount Pleasant Park // 7 April // Free This annual spectacular gathering of community will see hundreds of homemade lanterns brought together, lighting up the streets with wild and inventive creations inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Disco At The End Of The Universe’. The parade starts at 8pm and finishes at 9pm at the General Cemetery, where there will be live music and fire dancers.

2019 World Snooker Championship in numbers

It’s that time of year again – Sheffield’s turning snooker loopy!

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The World Snooker Championships make their return to the Steel City from 20 April – 6 May 2019, with the bookies’ favourite once again being Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan who this year is looking to bag his sixth title. As per usual, you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere and watch the action live on big screens in Tudor Square. If you’re looking to get down to a session, tickets range from £25£50 and can be found at worldsnooker.com.

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Revisiting some of the most memorable moments at the Crucible over the years 1985 – The black ball final Often referred to as one of the best snooker games in history, this 35-frame epic between Steve David and Dennis Taylor saw a final frame lasting 68 minutes and a dramatic showdown on the final ball before Taylor took the win. 18.5m people across the UK stayed up until 12.19am to watch the match. 1997 – Ronnie’s Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan lives up to his nickname brilliantly with a record-breaking 147 break in just five minutes and 20 seconds, which averages out at 8.8 seconds a shot. 2012 – O’Sullivan becomes oldest world champion since Ray Reardon Despite an ever-sliding world ranking and repeated talks of retirement piling on the pressure, Ronnie O’Sullivan returned to the World Championships and turned on the style. The Rocket comfortably beat favourites Neil Robertson and Neil Williams before hammering Ali Carter in the final, a victory which saw him become the oldest world champ since Ray Reardon.

2011 – Judd Trump arrives As an outsider on 80-1, 21-year-old Judd Trump announces his arrival on the world snooker stage in style. After some explosive performances, he became the youngest player to reach the final since 1990 – eventually going on to lose against John Higgins.

Snooker legends Crucible Theatre // 11 April // £15 Snooker legends Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty warm up the Crucible Theatre weeks before the World Championship Snooker tournament comes to town. cruciblesnooker.com Some Like It Hot Festival Trafalgar Warehouse // 13 April // From £4 Can you handle the heat? Some Like it Hot Festival drops into Sheffield for an all-day showcase of some of the finest street food from around the world. Expect craft stalls and spicy food challenges. trafalgarwarehouse.co.uk Resurrection City Hall // 19 April // £7.84 Resurrection celebrates Indie, Britpop and Madchester music from the golden 1989 –1999 era. The very best songs from the defining decade in indie music, from the birth of the Madchester movement to the evolution of Cool Britannia. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk Roadrage Festival Corporation and Trafalgar Warehouse // 20 April // From £15 The two-day rock music and indoor biking festival comes to Sheffield this month taking place across Trafalgar Warehouse and Corporation. Visit the showroom Biker’s Yard, see live music at the Gasoline Stage or a bite to eat at the Refuel area. trafalgarwarehouse.co.uk

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After a year of increasingly hyped events, the monthly Bungalows Jazz Night is gathering a reputation as the number one spot in Sheffield to hear the latest and most forward-thinking sounds in UK jazz. We thought it was time we dug a little deeper into how the Steel City got jazzy. The jazz rebirth going on in the UK is infectious, and it’s something you can really feel at the Bungalows Jazz Nights. With big names like Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective) and Blue Lab Beats, as well as exciting upcoming acts like Tetes de Pois and Porij filling out the newly refurbed Bungalows every month, it’s clear that the night’s reputation extends way beyond the headline act’s pull. But what is really interesting is that most of the bands ramping up the scene are actually from Sheffield and its nearby cities like Leeds and Manchester. While the London jazz community is quickly gaining attention from the mainstream media, with acts like Kamaal Williams, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia hitting album of the year lists across the board, there’s just as much quality coming out of the north and Bungalows are bringing that to Sheff. Curator of Bungalows Jazz Nights, Jordan White, told us about how he finds the bands for their lineups: “You can’t argue with Gilles Peterson’s encyclopedic knowledge of music, particularly his passion for the UK jazz scene. His 6Music show on a Saturday is the Rosetta Stone for anyone looking to get in the know and that’s where I started.” Gilles’ ‘We Out Here’ compilations on his Brownswood label feature all the major players of the emerging scene in London (some of whom Bungalows are excited to be working with this year), and the fact that this LP has

just spawned its own three-day festival clearly shows the excitement around jazz acts in 2019. Now more than ever jazz is taking on influence from all over the musical spectrum – from dub and afro-beat through to trip-hop, jungle and drum & bass, creating a melting pot of creativity around the genre that many say hasn’t been felt since the 1960s. This buzz is palpable at Bungalows; some key players on the London scene have brought their eclecticism and this makes it accessible for the extremely varied crowd. This wide mix of people at Bungalows Jazz Nights may be what creates such an energetic atmosphere, with dancing and boozing high on the priority list for the young and old crowd alike. But with DJs keeping the energy high in-between and after the bands, spinning jazzy hip-hop, funk, soul, house and R&B from local selectors Zeeni, Leroy and crews like Fortythree, there’s a modern feel to the aesthetic that fits the new Bungalows revival that Jordan is spearheading. Massive DJ acts like Crazy P, Awesome Tapes From Africa and DJ Seinfeld are starting to become a more regular occurrence, as well as the Cafe Kissa events which sees contemporary albums played in full, either on record or live, as in the case of the recent storming D’Angelo Brown Sugar event. But in a very ‘jazz’ way, it’s the quality of the music at Bungalows Jazz Nights that seems to be

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bringing people back for more, and that’s not just in the impressive headliners. There’s a wealth of talent in Sheffield and Leeds that Bungalows bring as both warm-up acts and the main event. Jordan said of the university and Yorkshire connection:“We’re really pleased to have worked with FriNJE – the University of Sheffield’s Friday Night Jazz Ensemble for a long time now. They’re a collective of very talented musicians and it’s a real joy to have given many of them an opportunity to perform to a new crowd and build upon their confidence as performers. We’ve also worked with a number of acts from Sheffield and Leeds and think it’s important to give them an opportunity to headline alongside some bigger names.”


And he’s keen to stress that it’s not just Bungalows where you can get a live jazz fix. “It’s really warming to see people making their way down for the local acts, as well as the bigger acts. We’re by no means the only jazz night in Sheffield, either. The Lescar’s jazz night on a Wednesday is the original. It’s programmed by Jez Matthews – you’ll meet no one more passionate for the genre – who delivers an amazing, eclectic lineup of music all year-round. It’s one of

the UK’s longest-running jazz nights showcasing some outstanding talent every week.” Bungalows Jazz Night takes place on the third or fourth Thursday of the month. Upcoming events: Thu 25 Apr - Werkha (live) + Bad Brew Thu 23 May - Maisha + support Thu 26 Sep - Theon Cross (Sons of Kemet) + support

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Refugee Rhythms: Porij, Wise Willis, Jackie Moonbather + more Yellow Arch Studios

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Call Super B2B Shanti Celeste B2B Peach Hope Works

This very special three2b sees an array of talent hit Hope Works in the shape of two esteemed producer/ DJs – Call Super and Shanti Celeste (above) – along with the quickly rising Peach, who completes a trio of ambitious selectors. Support comes from Lo Shea and Bristolbased NTS DJ Ifeoluwa, as well as the usual mix of Sheffield’s finest residents in Mesters.

Dubcafe #95 Bloc2Bloc Takeover W/ Secret Headliner + more The Harley

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Yellow Arch Peace In The Park Fundraver 2019 Yellow Arch Studios YAS’ huge three-room parties featuring a vast line-up of local DJs are becoming a regular occurrence, which has their rep for throwing one hell of a party gathering more and more steam. After raising over £3000 for Peace in the Park last year, the Fundraver returns to bring Sheffield inna’ unity.

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Lates: Grl.#002 Foodhall

Foodhall sees the return of Grl, its new “All women on the decks, everyone else on the floor” clubnight. After the resounding euphoria of their debut just a few weeks back, the Grls are back to take you through their favourite tracks.

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Seminal Undercover #1 Cafe Totem

The launch of this new sister party to Seminal Soundsystem pricks up the ears when you hear about their secret headliner policy, which sees the DJ not being announced until after the event. Aiming to break the cult of personality surrounding

DJ culture, Seminal Undercover will be bringing different genres to each party at the intimate 100-cap Cafe Totem, hopefully resulting in an inclusive dancefloor open to anything.

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Control continue their run of impressively large bookings in smaller venues, with techno producer and DJ KSP who’s been releasing music under this alias for over eight years following his drum ‘n’ bass stint as Raiden. His releases on Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver and German label Mind Cut explore the abstraction of Musique Concrete through the lens of modern electronica.

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After spending a few months lying low, Sheffield indie five-piece SHEAFS are now back and raring to go. I caught up with Chris (guitarist) and Lawrence (vocals) to find out what they’ve been working on behind the scenes‌ Words: Maddy Blatherwick-Plumb images: lewis evans

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To the untrained eye, it may have looked like they were having a ‘break’ from the fast life. But the boys assure me that taking some time out from the public eye certainly doesn’t mean they’ve stopped moving forwards, and they have been grafting harder than ever to refine their sound, hone their songwriting skills and nail the core elements of their craft. They’ve got their heads together, shaken things up, rebranded, and now they’re back stronger than ever and with newfound zeal. After their first couple of whirlwind years as a band, Chris explains that they needed to take a step back and put things into perspective. “It’s easy to get lost and run away with new ideas.” Lawrence stresses the need to get the basics right first before they can even consider pushing any experimental musical boundaries. “At the moment we just wanna write songs that when we play live they’re gonna turn heads. Hopefully they’ll be songs that you can’t ignore.” With indie guitar music on something of a decline, the duo admit that it’s quite a challenging time for bands like themselves, but they’re more than up for the challenge. Let’s be honest, everybody loves a bit of nostalgic indie rock to get rowdy to at a concert, but how often do you hear it on the radio these days? In fact, it could be argued that indie rock has become something of a tainted genre in the

past few years. With an ambitious end-goal of bringing guitar music back to mainstream popularity, and competition coming from the ever-surging and shifting genres of EDM and grime, grassroots guitar bands such as SHEAFS have their work cut out for them. Undeterred by the state of play, the band have been digging around trying to nail the winning formula, which Lawrence believes lies in communicating a clearer message and finding a balance between gritty attack and melodic hooks. Chris echoes this, hoping that their music can fill a gap in the market between the raw energy of the punk scene and the feel-good vibes of the commercial scene,

stressing that they key to success is creating songs that people can have a good time to. Their new single ‘Get Used To It’ is out on Friday 12 April and is the first of many powerful, anthemic singles that SHEAFS have ready to fire at us over the next few months. Both Chris and Lawrence believe that the back catalogue of material they’ve been working on is worlds apart from anything they’ve put out before, and with the launch party for their new single already sold out, it looks like they’re succeeding in generating a buzz around the local scene. Things are looking bright on the inside for SHEAFS, now it’s just a waiting game to see how things pans out…

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Easy Life

The Leadmill // 5 April // £12.50 Following the sweet success of track ‘Pockets’, Leicester-based band Easy Life head out on a tour of the UK, bringing their blend of sensual slowjams with genuine pop hits to elevate their fast-growing reputation as one of the ‘ones to watch’ in the UK. leadmill.co.uk

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O2 Academy // 20 April // £20.00 British musical prodigy Dave heads to Sheffield for his massive 15-date headline tour across the UK this April. With high expectations resultant of debut single ‘Freaky Friday’ last November, fans will be eager to experience what debut album Psychodrama has to offer on stage. academymusicgroup.com/ o2academysheffield

Sundara Karma

O2 Academy // 9 April // £17.50 Since forming in 2011, the indie rock band from Reading have built a devoted following due to relentless touring. Describing their own music as “more refreshing than sunshine”,

Sundara Karma bring the light to the O2 Academy in support of second album Ulfilas’ Alphabet. academymusicgroup.com/ o2academysheffield

Don Letts Carnival Sound w/ Winston Hazel & Junglist Alliance Yellow Arch Studios // 19 April // £8 BBC 6 Music’s Don Letts returns to Yellow Arch. Linking up with Sheffield’s Winston Hazel, Yellow Arch can guarantee a proper party. Feel the bass, see the smiling faces and the share the love between brothers and sisters under a groove. From dancehall and reggae through to soul, funk, jungle and everything in between. yellowarch.com

Fears

Café Totem // 5 April // £7 Local band of brothers Fears take to the Café Totem stage with support from The Claremonts, Faraday and The Kaleidoscopes. Can’t beat a lineup of up and coming indie bands on a Friday neyt, can ya? cafetotem.com

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Since forming in 2013, Circa Waves have experienced nothing short of a meteoric rise. Following the release of second album Different Creatures, word on the young Merseysiders has travelled fast and today they’re charged with heralding in the next era of British indie pop. Words by: Matt fowkes

Upon returning from a European tour with fellow Liverpudlians The Wombats, the band have seen their popularity traverse international waters ahead of the release of their highly-anticipated third album What’s It Like Over There?, due for release on 5 April. “Paris was the best,” frontman Kieran Shuddall tells Exposed over a phone interview to promote the new record and their upcoming Sheffield gig. “It was the first show we’ve done in Europe where we’ve seen people singing back the lyrics. I recall seeing one French kid that knew all the words to our songs; it was funny but also really cool to see.” With international stardom a very tangible prospect on the horizon, we’ve caught up with the frontman at a most opportune time. The tricky third album can often be the one that sees a band

either fade into obscurity or start to lay down some serious roots in a scene, and it’s something that Shuddall appears only too aware of... “I would say there’s as much trepidation as there is excitement, because you almost don’t want to let it go. It’s like sending your kids to school for the first time; you’re terrified of them getting picked on by other kids. We’ve had this album basically finished for a year now, so I’m intrigued to know what people think but I kind of don’t want to let it go at the moment because, you know... it’s all mine. The album to me feels like a really cohesive one. When you release songs sporadically it can be a bit confusing, but when you listen to the album from front to back, it really is one big piece of cinematic music that we’re really proud of.”

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Is it true that you wrote most of the album whilst on tour in the US? Yeah, well I wrote the lyrics whilst stuck in this van driving around America for five weeks and it was a sort of hazy time. I was sleep deprived, half-drunk, and I didn’t really know where I was a lot of the time. As a result, I wrote a lot of ‘movieish’, Hollywood-inspired lyrics. When I got back home, it was interesting to try and write music from lyrics that weren’t even written by me; it felt like they were written by another version of myself. When listening to the new tracks, ‘Times Won’t Change Me’ jumped out because it’s very different to what we’re used to hearing from Circa Waves. Can we expect more like it on the new album? Yeah, I mean that’s one of the songs that most people will be like, “What the fuck has happened here?” But hopefully in a good way! The whole album has a big piano thing going through it; we have another single called ‘Passport’ which has a similar vibe. However, there’s lots of stuff on the album that is certainly heavier. Some songs have more powerful moments to accompany the softer, more intraverse moments. The track called ‘Sorry I’m Yours’ isn’t too far away from ‘Times Won’t Change Me’, as in it’s very well produced and, you know, muscular. What influenced the change in style? We believe that changing the style pushes our music to become bigger and more suited to larger settings. When you play those bigger stages, you can feel the songs that work better. So, whenever we play songs like ‘Fire That Burns’ on a main stage, it suits that certain scenario. However, that’s not to say we completely try and cater to the main stage, which would be ridiculous. Ultimately, we’re trying to bring more pop into alternative music. It’s always interesting to try and find a song and make it something that people in a different age can still relate to. It’s a challenge but I relish it. How have you grown as a band since the release of Different Creatures? I think we’re just more confident in what we put out now; we know what kind of band we are and where we want to go. When you first start you’re just very pleased to be asked to the party but now we feel like we belong. We work very hard, always ending up in a sort of sweaty, bloody mess and we push as hard as we can. I’ll be writing all day today and tomorrow to try and prove our work ethic is really good. How important is it for bands to adapt? All bands who survive past a couple of years have to. Bands still going now that were around when I was a bit younger such as Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Arcade Fire have all changed. If you listen to their first record and compare it to now, they seem like completely different bands. You can’t write the same album twice, no matter how hard you try, it’s just not that possible. That’s why the greatest songwriters change: it’s the only way to survive. Why do you think people have taken to Circa Waves so well? You’ve enjoyed a relatively quick rise in the industry.

I hope it’s the quality of the songwriting that’s keeping people interested. For me, a good song can last for a very long time in the mind. I just think the songs are good and we’ve always had great support from the UK in terms of the radio play too. The new music videos and songs alike, especially ‘Movies’ and ‘Me Myself and Hollywood’ come across as very creative and cinematic. Is this the theme you’re setting for the new album? I’m glad you noticed that, it’s exactly what we were trying to do! We’re all cinema fans, the album felt very epic and suited to be in a movie so we tried to make each video a part of the last. With each of our latest videos we’ve tried to make it different. Record Store Day is coming up in April. Can you remember some of the first records you bought or listened to? The first record I listened to… well... my Dad didn’t have particularly great taste so I either listened to The Chords or Mary Black, but I’m not sure many are going to know who the fuck these people are. My dad also had a few Queen albums, so I used to dance around to them quite a lot. What about the first record you bought? Ah, the first album I paid for was Michael Jackson Greatest Hits. When I was a kid I just thought it was incredible music, but now? Well, I don’t play him as much, partly because of the controversy going on. How did you go from those pop tastes to alternative indie? I didn’t really get into alternative music until my brother brought back a Nirvana Unplugged minidisc once and that introduced me to how good Kurt Cobain was. That’s how I fell in love with heavy music, ripping solos and shit like that. Are there any bands or musicians making music at the moment that have influenced the new creative paths you’ve taken with the sounds on this album? Whilst writing the new album, I was listening to loads of R&B stuff in terms of melodies. I find it really interesting; they’re kind of sleepy and have a mystical sense to them. That’s definitely what inspired me massively in terms

of ‘Me Myself and Hollywood’. Additionally, Arctic Monkeys have always certainly been a big influence for me. You just have to push past all the generic shit and then once you get to the gold; it’s one of the greatest places for any songwriter. I enjoyed experimenting with a lot of hip-hop drums, using electronic drum samples and mixing those later with real drums – that became a real backing for some of the album. So yeah, I’ve started writing songs without any instruments whatsoever and I kind of feel like I’ve become like Neo from The Matrix. You’ve got a gig at The Foundry in Sheffield in April. Being from this neck of the woods, do you prefer performing to northern crowds? I do personally. I’m kind of biased being from Liverpool but there’s something about the further north you go that people just tend to lose their shit a bit more, but London sometimes feels a little bit static. Probably because the drinks are cheaper! Yeah! We can buy 10 pints whereas they can only buy one. There’s a noticeable difference and I have to say that I much prefer playing northern shows. I wouldn’t want to take anything away from anyone who comes to our shows though because it’s just great when people turn up to see you live. Also, I wanted to get your thoughts on some of the smaller bands’ chances in the industry, drawing on your own experiences as well. Do you think that streaming sites such as Soundcloud or DIY labels are positive moves for bands? Or have they saturated the market and made it harder to get heard? I think that you can get music out easier, but in terms of being saturated, the good stuff becomes refined and you have to be really good to cut through. You’ve got to be fucking great and that only creates good artists. It’s good to have an outlet for anyone, so if you wanted to make a song and release it today then you could, that’s kind of how I started Circa Waves; it’s a great tool to have. And finally, where do you see the band being in another five years? In five years? Fucking hell. We just want keep progressing and making great albums. In five years headlining festivals would be a dream.

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Regather Comedy Club with Jessica Fostekew

Regather // 6 April // From £5 The woman behind the hit Hoovering Podcast and one half the The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew is bringing her engaging wit to Regather. regather.net

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Sheffield City Hall // 5 April // £30.80 The award-winning comedian is back with a vengeance and has produced his most hilarious show to date. Equal parts comedic and brutally honest, this retelling of his six-year hiatus is one of the most anticipated stand-up tours of the year. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

Adore Delano - A PIZZA ME Tour

The Leadmill // 9 April // From £22 Adore Delano returns to the UK to host her first one woman show – and with pizza. Between

cheesy gags, performances of her favourite songs and stories about her time on the road and reality TV ventures, there’s plenty to get stuck into.

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Rob Auton: The Talk Show

The Foundry // 29 April // £13.20 After sellout performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking – he is ready to talk about talking. foundrysu.com

Steward Francis – Into the Punset

Memorial Hall // 11 April // £24.08 Who doesn’t love a good pun? And Steward Francis is one punny guy. Bid him farewell as he embarks on his last tour before he retires into the punset. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

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is told in a far more unique fashion, and for those not familiar with her origin, it is delivered engrossingly. The cast are clearly having fun whilst making the whole thing seem as believable as is possible. What’s very nice to see is that at the end of the romp, it does hype you up even more for the coming films, especially Avengers: Endgame. For a fun morning, afternoon or evening for yourself and the entire family, Captain Marvel offers something for everyone and is unlikely to invoke any negative viewing experience. In a similar fashion to DC’s Aquaman, it’s a straight-up thrilling adventure! 3.5/4

The Lego Movie 2 The first Lego Movie is a stroke of genius. If you describe the concept to someone, it sounds preposterous and a sure-fire way of making a dud at the box-office. As we all know, the exact opposite is the result with the first film being a triumph in just about every way. To a lesser extent, the same can be said about The Lego Batman Movie. The formula isn’t fool-proof, however, as the Lego Ninjago Movie proved. The Lego Movie 2 falls more on the side of the Lego Batman Movie, in that it retreads many of the same satire and cultural references for adults and children that worked so well before. That said, for some reason which is difficult to pinpoint, it doesn’t quite hold up as well as the first one. The only reason I can attribute this to is that it doesn’t have the same surprise factor as the first did, or the brilliant genre sendup of Lego Batman. That said, it’s a perfectly harmless affair, and not anything that’ll make your teeth grind. But unfortunately, if you put it next to the first one, this simply wouldn’t be the viewing choice. 2.5/4 www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 83


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It’s Hotting Up! April already! Spring has sprung, it’s officially beer garden weather (which up north just means it’s probably not going to snow) and we have another month packed with LGBT+ events. This month we also celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day (Fri 26 Apr), so let’s look at some of the queer women-focussed happenings taking place. First up, following its popular preview in LGBTQ+ History Month, there’s another chance to catch a screening of Rafiki at the Showroom (Mon 15 Apr), this time with the addition of a Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu. Originally banned in Kenya for its lesbian content, Rafiki tells the story of love blossoming with two women despite the political rivalry of their families. LGBT Sheffield return to Walkley Community Centre with their Lesbian Disco (Sat 27 Apr) open to all LBT+ women, with DJ Gail on the decks. Following the success of their launch event, GRL – a new Sheffield-based collective made up of women and non-binary DJs – return to Foodhall (Fri 12 Apr) in continuing their mission to spread love and have a good ol’ boogie. Self-identifying gals and non-binary pals who want to share half an hour of their favourite tracks (no genre too weird or groove too far out) can get up on the stage and give it a go. All women on the decks, everyone else on floor. If you fancy taking to the decks yourself, head to Intervention (Fri 5 Apr) at Hope Works, where Ifeoluwa will be hosting a free womxn/non-binary DJ workshop, providing a safe space to learn and express through DJing that focuses specifically on under-represented people within the dance music industry. Sheffield icons Andro and Eve are also back with their latest instalment of The Kingdom Come at Abbeydale Picture House (Sat 11 May) – and OK, this one is technically not until next month, but their events always sell out in advance so grab tickets quick. Get ready to step into the Garden of Eden for their paradise-themed event, hosted by the one and only Shesus and the Sisters with a lineup including Drag King Benjamin Butch, CHIYO and more TBA. Iceandfire are joining forces with STAR (Student

Action for Refugees) as part of Refugee Week to host a screening of ‘This Is Who I Am’, telling first-hand accounts of LGBT+ asylum seekers and the struggles faced both in their own countries and upon arrival in the UK. It will take place at Broomhall Community Centre (Tue 2 Apr) and will be followed by a Q&A session with members of the Sheffield LGBT+ Asylum Seeker and Refugee Community. The show is being ran on a pay-asyou-can basis (suggested £5 donation). No-one will be turned away through lack of funds. There are more opportunities to get out and about, meet people and get involved in local LGBT+ community groups with Open Sheffield’s Open Communion at St Marks Broomhill (Sun 14 Apr), swimming sessions with Trans Active at Heeley Pool (Sat 6 and 20 Apr) and Sheffield’s Equality Hub Network LGBT+ Hub at the Town Hall (Wed 10 Apr). There are also multiple opportunities to get involved with the Pride in Sheffield team with the open meeting at Sheffield Hallam (Mon 1 Apr), their Killer Pool fundraiser at Mulberry Tavern (Sun 28 Apr), or in another heads up for a guaranteed sell-out event next month, their biggest fundraising event to date, Rainbow Revenge at Yellow Arch Studios (Fri 10 May) with a night not to be missed featuring 80s band Atomic and Everly Pregnant Brother’s Big Shaun. Start your engines and sissy that walk as April also sees more drag than you can shake a rhinestoned stiletto at, starting with the RuPaul pub quiz at Walkabout (Mon 1 Apr). Malin Bridge are hosting an Easter Drag extravaganza (Fri 19 Apr) featuring Electric Blue, Miss Angel and Dream Girls. We also have two RuPaul icons joining us with Adore Delano’s one woman show, A Pizza Me at the Leadmill (Tue 9 Apr) and the large and in charge, chunky yet funky, Latrice Royal at Plug (Tue 16 Apr).

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You’re never lacking for comedic material when it comes to Boris Johnson – much to the delight of Sheffield-based drama company Blowfish Theatre, who have returned to poke fun at the floppy-haired Etonian with Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder. Melina Theodorou spoke to Blowfish artistic director and writer Laurence Peacock about what inspired part two, the difficulty of writing political satire in today’s climate and what they’re hoping to achieve this time around. How has the success of the first Boris the Musical affected Blowfish Theatre? It’s strange hearing someone refer to it as a success! I’m not sure if it has changed really. We started Boris the Musical by accident and just carried on. We are winging it really. We are just trying to make it bigger and better, or worse, depending on your outlook of the musical! It’s exciting to think on our success so far and work on making our productions better. How different was the process of producing the follow-up musical? Did you find it more challenging? It’s been really good fun making Boris the Musical 2. The process hasn’t been radically different, but we got more toys and are supported by Theatre Deli and Alphabetti Theatre Newcastle, which provide us with the rehearsal space. The process hasn’t really changed, so we carry on trying to make ourselves laugh and when we get a good feeling in the room then we know we have something. But I think we have definitely become more efficient. Dare I ask, what made you want to revisit Boris? Accumulative things I guess. We didn’t think the first musical would last six months and then we got distracted with the Trump musical. With the events building through 2018, and watching what was promised before the referendum turn into the harsh reality of what it has brought, we felt we had to go back. A lot has happened since the last play, and we couldn’t not do it. With the speed at which political events have been moving recently, have you had to change and update the content while writing it? Oh God, yes. It’s relentless, it’s awful! You’re always out of date even when it’s brand new! I am still writing the play and I need to write an ending but I’m waiting to see how events unfold. We try to be specific and broad at the same time, as time goes on you want the musical to retain its relevance and for people to recognise the events that it touches upon. The play is written in a way that we can change the ending but the first 90% of the show can remain the same. There’s a reason why a lot of people 88 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk

don’t do it [satire]. It’s a fools’ game really! But when people come to watch the show and are able to find the content relatable and enjoyable then it makes the work pay off. It’s definitely worth it when you get it right.

What has Boris been up to since the last musical? What can audiences expect? They should expect a brand new show. We went back and revised the original one and pulled things out that were prominent so it will feel completely new. I think that as people have watched the consequences of Boris and his capabilities, and him not owning what he’s brought about, a lot of the tolerance has disappeared and that is reflected in the show; it has a much harsher tone. It is more of a reflection on the state of politics than anything else. What’s the hardest part of portraying Boris Johnson? Boris isn’t that difficult to portray as he has a prominent persona – he’s a bit of a gift, really. People feel like they know him, you don’t have to create him because people feel like they know the man and you get a huge head start. What about political satire? Our political satire doesn’t aspire to change anything, or make people angrier, or aware of the situation – we try to allow people to have a good cathartic laugh. The sheer


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CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL Lyceum Theatre // 2 – 13 April // From £27 An award-winning production straight from London’s West End, Calendar Girls The Musical is based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. Directed by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, don’t miss your chance to see this marvelous musical comedy. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk ROUGH CROSSING Lyceum Theatre // 23 – 27 April // From £15 All aboard for the long-awaited return of Rough Crossing, written by award-winning writer Tom Stoppard, directed by acclaimed director Rachel Kavanaugh and with a star cast led by John Partridge. A string of absurd events entangle two famous playwrights, one jealous composer and an unorthodox waiter as they feverishly struggle to rehearse a show whilst en route to New York. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk ILLEGALISED Theatre Deli // 19 April ILLEGALISED, from British-Romanian collective BÉZNĂ Theatre, is a journey through the Home Office’s human rights abuses against ‘the other’. Exploring the hypocrisy of Britain’s history of colonisation and the country’s current anti-immigration policies, the play exposes the immigration industrial complex and the profit made from the illegalisation of human beings. theatredeli.co.uk amount of politics over the past years has increased, and the quality of it has become awful. We want to make people have a good laugh – it’s a state-of-the-world type of satire.

Do you believe the play could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their personal politics? I think so. The first Boris the Musical was full of Borisbashing, but the new show has more balance to it. It has good material on Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May in there. I think we tend to get all sorts of people coming to the show, so there’s a sense of different audiences, and people sometimes walk out but if you’ve got a sense of humour you are probably safe. However, if you consider Boris to be a good minister it’s probably not for you. What do you think would be Boris’ take on it all? I think he knows precisely what he’s doing. I think he’s aware he has occupied this position. We’ve never worried about him taking us seriously, or suing us. One of the morals of the show, and it has a few, is be aware of the clowns. It’s a very cunning sleight of hand to be that popular; you can get away with a lot more than other people. He’s an interesting one.

IT’LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT Theatre Deli // 5 April It’ll be Alt-Right is the story of friendship, disenfranchisement, punk-rock and a global movement - born of economic, political and social frustrations. Through a fusion of theatre, comedy, cabaret and jazz-punk, AltRight explores the discourse between two lives and asks what it’s like to be a disenfranchised young man in modern Britain. theatredeli.co.uk WE MUST LIVE The Cellar Theatre// 25 – 28 April // £7 “What a lovely day! Warm but with a touch of autumn in the air. Yes, this would be the perfect sort of day to hang oneself.” Tatiana and Julia find themselves in a Chekhovian world, exploring the ridiculous essence of what it means to be alive. cellartheatre.co.uk

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Two things consistently guaranteed to generate public interest in Sheffield: Park Hill flats and Richard Hawley. Combine the two, then throw in another local icon such as the Crucible Theatre and you’ve got Standing at the Sky’s Edge – one of the most highlyanticipated Sheffield Theatres shows in, well, probably ever. As a sellout crowd took to their seats, the ever-contentious brutalist housing complex stood just a few hundred yards away, stoically observing proceedings and illuminated by a large Kid Acne artwork promoting the musical’s premiere. During the press day earlier in the month, Sheffield Theatres artistic director Robert Hastie said of the show “It couldn’t get more Sheffield” – and it took roughly twenty minutes of viewing to realise just how right he was. The set designed by Ben Stones was without a doubt one of the most impressive ever seen at the Crucible. A full corner block of Park Hill served as the main eyepiece, housing a seven-piece band behind one the walkways. Most of the action took place in and around the living space representing one

of the apartments, while extras portraying residents going about everyday life could often be seen navigating the concrete structure in the background. The story provides an insight into life on the estate during three separate time periods. In the 1960s we see ambitious steelworker Harry and his wife Rose gleefully exploring their brand new apartment, grateful to escape the slum housing elsewhere in the city and filled with optimism for the future. The 1980s introduces us to Joy and her family, escaping war-torn Liberia and arriving to a Park Hill complex plagued with violence and crime. Move forward to 2016 and London high-flyer Poppy is escaping a toxic relationship down south by moving into the recently gentrified Urban Splash

development. Naturally, a big pull to the show was the Hawley-penned soundtrack. His is a backcatalogue made for such a musical, and even though some songs may feel a tad wedged in at times, the soaring melodies and revolving themes of love, hope and longing perfectly reflect the life-changing scenarios played out onstage. The estate’s controversial past and present isn’t skirted around in favour of easy viewing. A bleak look into the social decay that lent the building its notoriety during the 80s and 90s alongside critiques of its switch from social housing to privatelyowned flats are explored with just the right amount of sensitivity and balance. The overriding question of what makes a good home is revisited throughout, and it would appear that it isn’t a skyline view, a fancy waste disposal system, or close access to a vegan cafe – it’s people, their stories, and how the spaces we live in serve as a theatre for the trials and tribulations we all face throughout life. Suffice to say, with 60 years of social change etched into its walls, such auditoriums don’t come much grander than Park Hill. Joseph Food www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 91


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