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Fri, 21 Apr


The Performance Lab (Studio)

The Towel

This performative reading of a short story by Helen Dunmore follows a young woman's first encounter with a new bedsit. Listen and imagine!

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The Towel
The Towel

Time & Location

21 Apr 2023, 15:30 – 15:50

The Performance Lab (Studio), Arundel Gate, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LQ, UK


About the Event

A performative reading of a short story by Helen Dunmore. The Towel uses contemporary examples of performative reading to explore an intense experience of storytelling and listening to a spoken story delivered from the stage. There are no representational extras or theatrics just the act of watching and listening to someone performing the task of reading.  The short story follows a young woman moving away from home for the first time and having to look after herself in a strange bedsit. This is similar to the performer herself and many students in the audience. "The Towel" looks at her life in real time following a 20-minute first encounter with the bathroom. The audience is invited to imagine the first moving away from home and the feeling of the young protagonist.

Created and performed by Holly Alicia Dixon.



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Change Makers 2023

Change Makers 2023 showcases the work of Sheffield Hallam University’s graduating BA (Hons) Acting & Performance students. The showcase is part of Future Now, Sheffield’s festival of creativity. Change Makers 2023 also features contributions from Level 4, and Level 5 Acting & Performance students, as well as members of staff. Learn more about the BA (Hons) Acting and Performance degree at Sheffield Hallam University. We also offer a one-year top-up degree.


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