Performance Venues at The University of Sheffield consists of three principal venues, the Octagon, the Drama Studio and Firth Hall, run by a team who provide event management expertise to the University, the Students Union and a wide range of external event organisers, producers and promoters. The breadth of programme is quite extraordinary, covering a huge number of University events, as well as conferences and festivals through to theatre, circus, dance, comedy and live music.
The University of Sheffield Performance Venues sit in the heart of the University Campus and are part of the Estates and Facilities Management department, within the University’s professional services portfolio. Led by Nick Hopwood (Head of Performance Venues), the team provide event management support to a wide variety of University ‘core’ events, Students Union programme, external hires and promotions, and also curate theatre and music festivals across three principle venues.
The Performance Venues estate consists of the Octagon, a 1500 capacity variable format venue suitable for conferences, exhibitions, awards events, larger scale performances and live music. The Drama Studio is a traditional theatre performance space with 190 seats, and Firth Hall a 380 seat space ideally suited to a classical setting, situated in the Grade II* listed Firth Court.
Two key programming strands are the University of Sheffield Concerts series and the Enable US Festival. The Concerts series presents around 100 music performances each year, an eclectic mix of internationally renowned performers, choirs and collectives as well as Student ensembles and recitals.
The Enable US Festival brings award winning dance, drama, comedy, physical theatre and circus to the Drama Studio in two seasons each spring and autumn. The festival also provides Students and other participant access to learning and development opportunities through workshops, internships and creative collaboration with professional arts practitioners.