Spring Season 2023

Spring Season 2023

Welcome to the new season at Performance Venues

Welcome back!

We are delighted to welcome you back to our venues with our wonderful Spring brochure for the University of Sheffield Performance Venues, encompassing the vibrant University of Sheffield Concert series, and the ground-breaking Enable US Festival.

Our new programme is filled with a diverse range of amazing events – from live gigs, to circus, theatre and contemporary music. There is something for all tastes here at Performance Venues!

Check out our digital brochure for a closer look at what we’ve got planned for this season, with highlights of everything we have to offer across campus.

All our events will be taking place in our legendary venues, from the iconic Octagon Centre, the intimate Drama Studio and the breath-taking Grade II listed Firth Hall.


This Spring’s programme is a really vibrant mix of music, with new collaborations and some really exciting guests. We’re proud to say that as usual, our Concerts programme is a fundamentally diverse selection of artists and projects, drawn together by our desire to present events that have a story to tell or that draw on work happening here on campus.

Classical Sheffield Weekend
17 – 19 March

We’re delighted to be part of 2023’s edition of the Classical Sheffield Weekend, which includes the return of Apartment House and a folk choir singalong with new Kate Rusby music. We’re also ecstatic to be able to do another unique event in the Arts Tower after the success of our ‘In C’ event in the famous paternoster lifts back in 2018. Find out more about the events here

Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman
Thursday 16 March, 7.30pm
Firth Hall

British Jazz Royalty Courtney Pine graces the stunning Firth Hall along with the return of Zoe Rahman in this double bill. Their collaboration on Pine’s recent project Song The Ballard Book, is heralded a one of his most intimate and reflective bodies of work. Find out more here

Martyn Ware/BEF presents… Music For Total 3D Sonic Immersion
Saturday 6 May
Octagon Centre

Join us for a 360 degree sound bath in the Octagon Centre with Martyn Ware (Heaven 17) featuring guest stars Steve Davis (The Utopia Strong) and Richard Norris (The Grid) with many more surprise guests.  The performances will feature a unique three-dimensional sound array configured especially for this concert. Find out more here

Enable US

Join us in the cosy surrounds of the Drama Studio and shake off those winter blues with our Spring programme, where a wonderful array of acclaimed companies and performers descend to present a highly energised season of drama, dance, circus, physical theatre and contemporary performance.

Black Sheep
Wednesday 29 March, 8pm
Drama Studio

Black Sheep has been long in the making for Livia. This candid autobiographical performance tells the story of one queer black woman finding love, by fusing physical theatre, spoken word and song. Taking the audience on a journey from overcoming institutional racism to leaning into radical vulnerability. Find out more here

Bull and the Moon
Thursday 6 April, 2pm & 4pm
Drama Studio

The Bull and the Moon is an endearing family friendly production that celebrates anyone who dances to their own tune. A fun, fiery and magical dance performance that blends contemporary dance, flamenco and theatre, this is a heart-warming story about the importance of being oneself, family and LGBTQ+ inclusivity. Find out more here

Wednesday 10 May, 8pm
Drama Studio

A multi-disciplinary solo performance that merges circus, dance and performance art. Plastic has become one of the major environmental concerns in recent years. This piece is a reflection of how our generation is born into a plastic overflowing world and our role within it. Find out more here