The Local Theatre is a new venue for performing arts in Sheffield, with a specific focus on making the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their experience level or financial capabilities. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have their voice heard, and that theatres should take risks in programming work from new companies and writers. Our aim is to have the venue constantly in use and open, for community groups, rehearsals, university groups, touring productions, residencies – anyone who wants to use the space, can.
The theatre is an 80 seater black box, in the basement of 24-26 Snig Hill. We have a basic lighting and sound setup, with the aim to improve as the venue grows. We have rehearsal and desk space available for hire, and a bar/cafe for performance nights. We use a “split hire” agreement for performers, removing any up front cost for them, making theatre in Sheffield accessible to all.
The Local Theatre was created in 2017 by Miranda Debenham and Tim Norwood.
The Local Theatre mission statement is:
To offer an affordable and nurturing environment for both theatre-makers and audiences, and to work with the local community to encourage participation
Registered Company in England and Wales. Company number 11568124.