By Rhiannon Topham
A new piece of theatre inspired by the people of Sheffield premiered last night.
The show, called “I Love You Will U Marry Me” by local group Sad Siren Theatre, is a series of 200 stories from the people of Sheffield about the personal items they no longer use but refuse to throw away.
Actors Andy Owen Cook, Soraya Jane Nabipour and Lauren Stone put together the stories through comedy, song, dance and tape recordings to reflect on relics such as a novelty egg holder and a pair of corduroy baby shoes.
The name of the show comes from the infamous glow in the dark graffiti painted across a bridge on the Park Hill estate which overlooks South Street and can be seen from as far as Tudor Square.
Producer Julia White said: “Over the last couple of months, Sad Siren have been collecting stories from the people of Sheffield about the objects that they have in their homes that they don’t necessarily look at or still use, but there’s still a story behind them.”
“They linked that quite quickly to the stories which come out of Park Hill, and particularly the story behind the bridge, and how those stories show you a different side to the history of the city.”
“I think you can take what you want from the I Love You Will U Marry Me bridge – it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the story, you can appreciate the stories and memories of other people as much as your own.”
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Demand for last night’s show proved so popular, organisers sold more tickets than the theatre’s 45-seat capacity, and extra seats had to be urgently sourced to compensate.
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There was also special edition bottles of ‘I Love You Will U Marry Me’ strawberry beer provided by Thornbridge Brewery on sale at the bar.
Tickets are available on the door for £10, and the show is at Theatre Delicatessen on the Moor every evening until Saturday.