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Autumn at Theatre Deli: Ghost tales, love stories, Christmas camp and award-winning comedy

Theatre Deli have launched the perfect season - and it’s the perfect venue too


Theatre Deli have launched the perfect Autumn season, trust us on that! We were lucky enough to attend the bustling launch last month. Flicking through the brochure since that night has been a dream and hats off to their wonder of a programming team! There’s something for everyone – drama, love stories, comedy, ghost stories – and all this excellence is hosted by a leading independent theatre we’re lucky to have tucked away in our city. It’s a beautiful, technicolour gem, and every visit leaves you bursting with pride in Sheffield’s creative and operational genius. You have a real pep in your step, and we all need a bit of that buzz these days.



In September, the theatre put on a fabulous launch event where we were given a preview of the irreverent genius of The Last Motel. We were immensely excited to be invited and to have the opportunity to soak up the presence of all the creative minds attending. I brought my friend from London along, and she left positively beaming.


Events like this, where independent theatre-makers and all those behind the scenes gather, fill you with a rush of simultaneous reassurance and inspiration. Our city is thriving, and in the hands of Theatre Deli's Executive Producer Daljinder Singh and co., it will forever continue to do so. Singh gave a speech about all the excitement coming to Theatre Deli, and after attending such a wonderful launch, we urge all Sheffield-ers to get involved!


You can expect the best and most urgent of the country’s upcoming theatre makers and get the sheer treat of seeing the magic before the mainstream. Let’s delve into all that’s coming up from October onwards:



The Lighthouse | by Alys Williams

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October | 8pm – 9pm


Love is a complicated business. It gets even more complicated when the person you love doesn’t want to be alive. Tender, funny and defiantly hopeful, The Lighthouse is a real-life story of loving somebody through crisis. It’s a love letter to life.


Developed through Furnace at Leeds Playhouse and funded by Arts Council England.



Identities | Close to Home Productions

Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st October | 7:30pm – 8:30pm


A play about boobs. From bra fittings to breast cancer diagnosis, Lucy’s boobs tell her story in 60 minutes – the time it takes to perform a standard lumpectomy.


Co-created with women who have experience of breast cancer and those who treat them. Identities unclasps the hidden adventures our boobs go on: the good, the bad and the silly.



Dugsi Dayz | Side eYe Productions

Sunday 5th November | 7pm – 8pm


Four students find themselves stuck in dugsi detention… Each sees the world and their place in it in radically different ways. Subverting Somali folk tales and reminiscing about their childhoods, they slowly reveal their reasons for being there. This hour together may reveal that they have more in common than they thought.


Winner of the Untapped Award 2023



The Social Model… & More Festival

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 November | Theatre Deli Sheffield

Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 November | Theatre Deli London


Taking place across Theatre Deli’s Sheffield and London venues this autumn, the festival, which has been curated by artist Caroline Mawer, explores new perspectives on disability and the relationship between disabled people and the world around them.


Supported using funding from Arts Council England.



Unnatural Cycles – A Ghost Story | Avital Raz

Saturday 18th November | 8pm – 9:05pm


There’s a growing dark cloud above the Rosenberg house. Two women – one dead, one alive – need to reconcile their differences to remove it and let in new life. This show was brilliantly received in Sheffield Theatres' Playhouse last year. Definitely not one to miss!


“remarkable, life affirming work “ – John Cutler, Reviews Hub



How to Starve an Artist | Rose Condo

Thursday 23rd November | 7pm – 8:30pm


This show explores feeding our inner artists with compassionate creativity. Through a series of poems, Rose makes a plan for a world without artists and offers a call to connect with those in our midst who may be in need of our nourishment. Sandwiches and a ‘Starving Artist Kit’ provided.


With special guest, Millie the Poet.



Carol! It’s Christmas

Theatre Deli presents the Glitterbomb Dancers

Thursday 14th – Sunday 31st December | 2:30pm – 4:30pm | 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Just when you thought Christmas couldn’t get any more camp, Yorkshire’s very own Glitterbomb Dancers are back in Sheffield to unveil their second remake of a holiday classic. And this time, they are messing with a Dickensian staple: A Christmas Carol.


An 80s Christmas party. A boss named Carol who thinks the season has gotten too silly. And the Cher’s of Christmas Past, Present and Future (If I Could Turn Back Time better be a knockout number), teach her just how fun and outrageous the holidays can be. Full of surprises and told through the Glitterbomb Dancers signature high energy dance, sugar high pop, drag and comedy. You will never watch A Christmas Carol the same again.


Best enjoyed with a drink and a good laugh.



We told you there was something for everyone! You can find Theatre Deli's full season announcement here.



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