Sheffield Theatres Trust

Crucible50: Celebrating the Creativity in Everyone

ST will celebrate the Crucible’s 50th anniversary with the city – bringing people and communities together to get creative. A bold new Sheffield People’s Theatre show will showcase local talent. School children and adults with dementia will share the joy of singing in a new intergenerational choir.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (257318)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Loneliness and social isolation has been exacerbated by Covid 19. Opportunities for shared creative experiences – especially across generations - have reduced. We know there are existing barriers to participation in theatre and that there are people and communities across the city that we are not reaching; whose talents and ideas are not expressed in our work or on our stages, and who may not feel Sheffield Theatres is for them.


ST will throw open its stages to give everyone the chance to perform! Sheffield Peoples Theatre – made up of participants aged 12 to 90 and drawn from across the city – will create and perform a new show especially commissioned to celebrate the Crucible’s 50 years. A brand new choir will bring together people living with dementia and school children to rehearse 10 songs for performance over a 16 week period – providing a safe place to have fun, be creative, socialise and build friendships.

  • We come here because we feel safe. You are so creative with the projects you come up with. I don’t go to many other things with her as we don’t feel as accepted.

    — Family member of participant living with dementia - Imagination Playground Project

  • Lovely connections between people living with dementia and the children. The children are even learning Spanish to better interact with one of our participants, who is Spanish and can no longer communicate in English.

    — Support Worker - Imagination Playground (Intergenerational creative project)

  • Having weekly workshops and the experience of putting together a show has really helped my confidence - I have learnt so many skills.

    — Sheffield People's Theatre Young Company Member

  • We are offered the opportunity to communicate through self-expression, explore stories with imagination, knowledge and passion whilst being in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

    — Sheffield People's Theatre Member