Hope// Programme

See below for programme details of our first project which took place in January 2020.

The Wait

The Wait by Claudine Bennent, directed by Bill McDonnell. Performed by David Burchhardt, Beatrice Comins and Kate Rutter.

Eric and Moira

Eric and Moira by Rachel Price, directed by Kate Rutter. Performed by Melanie Crawley and Gerard Fletcher.


Superpowers by Nadia Emam, directed by John Rwoth-Omack. Performed by Nadia Emam.

Running to Music

Running to Music by Kate Dowling, directed by Bill McDonnell. Performed by Sean Corey and Ali Mylon.


Hope by Rachel E Thorn, directed by John Rwoth-Omack. Performed by Claire Dean and Rachel E Thorn.

Word on a Wing

Word on a Wing by Joshua Val Martin, directed by John Rwoth-Omack. Perfomed by Blue Merrick and Kate Wood


Roleplay by John Hunter, directed by Nadia Emam. Performed by Tim Grieveson, Laura Lindsay and Karen Mulcahey

We, The Undersigned

We, The Undersigned by Joanna Nicks, directed by Nadia Emam. Performed by Bethan Owen and Tom Tunstall.

Laura Hegary

We’re joined by Sheffield singer / songwriter Laura Hegarty AKA John T Angle and the Spirit Levels for a few of her quirky numbers. Laura has been performing for a good few years at many Sheffield venues and festivals. She’s also an actor and works for Sheffield Theatres by day. Laura will be bringing her acoustic guitar along for some music to round off the first part of our programme.


Next Left is pleased to include not one but two poets as part of our first event.

Rachel Bower has had poems featured in Magma, StandNew Welsh ReaderFrontierWild Court, The Interpreter’s HouseAnd Other PoemsPopshotThe Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017 and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes.

Suzannah Evans‘s debut poetry collection Near Future was published by Nine Arches Press in November 2018. It won her a Gladstone’s Library residency. Her poetry has been widely published in magazines including Magma, The Rialto, The North, Poetry Review and The London Magazine.  She is also creative director of Sheaf Poetry Festival.

Giving Voice is a choir that supports the work of Speech and Language Therapists, a healthcare profession that gives hope to adults and children with communication and swallowing needs. Speech and Language Therapy touches the lives of many people including supporting children with autism to communicate; giving people who stammer the confidence to reach their potential and enabling people with swallowing difficulties after a stroke to enjoy food without fear of choking. The choir is led by Josie Robson with accompaniment by Gerard Fletcher

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