The Cellar at DINA gets ready for launch

The Cellar at DINA gets ready for launch

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Nine months ago, a group of our hearty band of volunteers at DINA, came up with an idea to turn the wrecked beer cellar here into a working theatre space. It was met with many obstacles along the way, but nous and sheer graft have made that a reality as The Cellar at DINA tantalisingly awaits its launch night on Wednesday July 18. Joey Winson spoke to Miriam Schechter, one of the new venue’s founders, about the journey of The Cellar, what’s in store for the launch night and its future. We last chatted with Miriam in February as our venue’s old beer cellar, once a disorderly, unloved and forgotten relic in the grand scheme of DINA, was slowly but surely starting to see a dream being realised as a…
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DINA to welcome “visually stunning” play to Sheffield

DINA to welcome “visually stunning” play to Sheffield

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Bringing ‘lyrical magic’ to Sheffield this May will be the ‘visually stunning’ play, Honey, produced by the Reaction Theatre Makers. The Malvern-based theatre company have been preparing for their national tour, having already established glowing support for their play in the Worcestershire hills. Honey gave audiences a glimpse into a rural Welsh community, where a fraying family have been trying to stitch together a quilt, which eloquently mirrors the patchwork nature of the narrative. The meditative writing absorbed those watching into the internal dialogues of a boy with autism, his mother, her tattoo-artist sister and their estranged half-sibling in their struggle to deal with missing a part of their family, creating a gentle but profound drama. Written and directed by Tiffany Hosking, the play’s use of minimalistic staging completely entranced…
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Introducing A New Space For Theatre: The Cellar At DINA

Introducing A New Space For Theatre: The Cellar At DINA

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DINA are proud to announce we are housing a new project which transforms a rather neglected part of our building into Sheffield’s newest fringe theatre. Joey Winson spoke to Miriam Schechter, one of the team behind The Cellar at DINA, about how the idea came about and their plans for the space’s launch. The four spaces we have at DINA all have a little quirk about them or a particular backstory. The Café, the home of DINA Diner, was part of The Cutler pub. Next to that is the long bar on the we know as The Spoon Factory, as its guise before being part of a pub was entwined with Sheffield’s steel history as… yes you guessed it. Upstairs is mainly taken up by what was the 70s in…
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DINA Digest: A busy week ahead! 09/05-14/05

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We've got quite a bit to get through in this week's round-up as there's absolutely shedloads of stuff cracking off down here, from comedy, film, theatre, poetry, music... just the whole shebang you'd associate with our place. Kicking off tonight and we welcome Apocalypse Of The Mind, a theatre show that takes audiences on an enthralling journey through myths and legends, and one man’s dramatic struggle to stay alive. Created with stories from the people of Sheffield, help from mental health professionals, and advice from internationally-renowned theatre company Third Angel, Apocalypse of the Mind debuts in Mental Health Awareness Week. This is running for two nights from 1930-2100, with tickets at £10 and £7 concessions. For more information visit their Facebook event page. And seeing as it's Tuesday, that means…
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UnShut Festival: Interview With The Curator, Charlotte Blackburn

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The first UnShut Festival begins this month at DINA bringing a wide variety of performance art to our venue over three days. This brand new and bold platform for artists sets out to make its mark on Sheffield’s creative calendar by showcasing work in a professional environment outside of mainstream theatres. One of UnShut’s curators, Charlotte Blackburn, decided to create an annual festival after producing a successful run of one-night events, Northern Art, at Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield City Centre. Charlotte said: “At the time there was nothing like it taking place in the city, and after doing ten of these shows in two years I decided a three day annual festival was the next step, something which would bring people together through a range of performances. “It is about…
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