Richard Hawley announces musical about Sheffield’s Park Hill estate

Rock ‘n’ roller Richard Hawley has written a musical about Sheffield’s Park Hill which will go on show at the city’s Crucible theatre next year.

Sheffield-born Hawley will provide the music for new piece which is based on Michael Wynne’s book and inspired from an original idea by Matthew Dunster. The musical, sharing the same name as Hawley’s 2012 album Standing at the Sky’s Edge, will be directed by the venue’s artistic director Robert Hastie.

Hawley said the musical is an attempt “to get a sort of history of postwar Britain through the housing that they built and how that affected people” before adding that the housing situation on the estate was “like a planner’s dream when it started off – this miracle solution to slums and obviously the desperate need for housing after the war because Britain suffered so much heavy bombing”.

Director Hastie added the musical “provokes a lot of feeling in the city. Looking out from my office window, I can see a huge edifice, one half of which has been redeveloped while the other half is still derelict and empty.”

‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ runs at the Crucible from 14 March to 6 April 2019.

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