Greek legend springs to life on Town Hall steps

Mind....in bed together in Fargate...."Aries and Aprodite" as part of a performance for the MIND festival
Mind....in bed together in Fargate...."Aries and Aprodite" as part of a performance for the MIND festival

COUNCILLORS leaving the town hall yesterday were met with a Jeremy Kyle-style talk show starring Ancient Greeks, a live archaeological dig and a real 200-year-old skeleton.

The bizarre sight was a collaboration between Sheffield University’s archaeology department and the Dead Earnest theatre group.

They brought to life the story of Hephaestus, the Greek god of metal, whose statue sits atop Sheffield Council’s headquarters.

Actors performed a comic retelling of the god’s legend.

Passers-by delved into a sandpit to search for artefacts symbolising Sheffield’s heritage.

Dr Roger Doonan, project leader, said: “It astounded me so few people know who this figure on the Town Hall is.

“The idea was to reenact the story and see how it’s still relevant today.”